The Boss warms up 'Cold'

Born to crime solve.

The Jan. 8 episode of CBS’ “Cold Case” will feature nine Bruce Springsteen songs from the 1980s that tie in to the skein’s plotline.

Springsteen rarely allows his songs to be used in film or TV projects.

In “8 Years,” four high school friends from the ’80s go off to pursue their life’s ambitions; one ends up dead and, soon, the other three are questioned.

“Because there are such vivid stories and characters in Bruce Springsteen’s music, we decided to let the lyrics do a lot of the storytelling for us, instead of depending on dialogue,” said exec producer Meredith Stiehm, who wrote the episode. “In this case, I chose the songs first and then designed the story around them.”

Among the Springsteen tracks used are “No Surrender,” “Drive All Night,” “Stolen Car” and “Atlantic City.” Songs span four albums: “The River,” “Nebraska,” “Born in the USA” and “Tunnel of Love.”

In an episode last season titled “Kensington,” 10 John Mellencamp songs were used.

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