When I am out on my record store digging adventures, I always go through the 45’s to see if there is anything I like and occasionally I find something. I am a closet Rick Springfield fan. Yes, I am out of the closet now and will admit openly, I like Rick Springfield!!! There, I said it. I feel so much better that it is out in the open now. Thank you for that!
I found this single in the $1 bin and was happy to grab it. The single of is for the song “Don’t Talk To Strangers” from his 1982 album ‘Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet’. The single was released in March 1982 and went all the way to #2 on the Billboard. It was Rick’s second biggest hit after that little song you might know called Jessie’s Girl.
The song is about Rick’s girlfriend at the time (future wife). When Rick was traveling and touring for his career, he had a lot of insecurities that his girlfriend was out with other guys. This was his way of expressing those feelings. The irony is that Rick was screwing around as he was touring and such. Such a hypocrite.
The song is pure 80’s pop full of synthesizers, a dance beat and an all around radio-friendly music. During 1982, I hadn’t moved to the hard rock side yet…that was coming soon as Hair Bands were about to explode. Back then I loved pop radio (can’t stand it now) and so Rick was right up my alley. Plus it didn’t hurt that Rick was on the Soap Opera General Hospital. My mom loved that show and watched it constantly and so when I would get home from school, it would be on and I would watch it with her. Solid mommy/son time!
The B-Side of the album was the song “Tonight” from the same album. This song is actually a follow-up to Jessie’s girl except that the song is about Jessie and his girlfriend are working hard for a living and how much they love each other. It actually has a little Living on a Prayer feel with the story (and this was before that Bon Jovi hit). It is a solid pop song, but not as great as the single.
And I haven’t shown you the back cover. It is awesome…
Wait…is that the front cover? Or the back cover? Crap, they are the same picture. Okay, maybe it isn’t that awesome!!
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