57 Channels (And Nothin' On)

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"57 Channels (And Nothin' On)"
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Single by Bruce Springsteen
from the album Human Touch
A-side"57 Channels (And Nothin' On)"
B-side"Part Man, Part Monkey" (US)/"Stand on It" (UK)
ReleasedJuly 10, 1992
FormatCD, 7" single, cassette
GenreRock, comedy rock
Songwriter(s)Bruce Springsteen
Producer(s)Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau, Chuck Plotkin, Roy Bittan,
Bruce Springsteen singles chronology
"Human Touch"
"57 Channels (And Nothin' On)"
"Better Days"

"57 Channels (And Nothin' On)" is a song written and performed by Bruce Springsteen, appearing on his album Human Touch, released in 1992. The song was released as a single, charting in the Top 100 in various countries. A video for the song was also released. The title may be a reference to cable television, which carries more channels than terrestrial television.

Music video[edit]

The accompanying music video illustrates the song's narrative, culminating in a recreation of Ant Farm's infamous 1975 "Media Burn" stunt, wherein a speeding car crashes through a pyramid of television sets. The same art collective was also responsible for Cadillac Ranch, immortalized in the Bruce Springsteen song of the same name (from The River).

Bruce Springsteen himself is also playing a bass, which he also played in the recording.

In a September 2014 post on Facebook discussing the video, Springsteen wrote, "Shot back in the quaint days of only 57 channels and no flat screen TVs, I have no idea what we were aiming for in this one outside of some vague sense of 'hipness' and an attempt at irony. Never my strong suit, it reads now to me as a break from our usual approach and kind of a playful misfire."[1]


Chart (1992) Peak
Canada Singles Chart 25
Irish Singles Chart 26
Norwegian Singles Chart 9
Swedish Singles Chart 32
UK Singles Chart 32
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 68
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 6


  1. ^ Springsteen, Bruce. "Shot back in the quaint days of only 57 channels..." Facebook. Retrieved 8 January 2015.