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Repost: “Jessie’s Girl”

Posted by purplemary54 on March 10, 2014

It should be apparent to any regular readers I might have that I have a deep and abiding love for really cheesy music.  I believe this stems directly from being raised during the 70s, King God Decade of Cheesy Music.  Of course, this extended to the 80s, when Rick Springfield finally made it big with both hit singles and a gig on General Hospital (that was back when soap operas were still relevant).  Now to be fair, Springfield was a decent musician; he could sing and play guitar nicely.  He was also a pretty fair songwriter and wrote some nice hooks.  Top Forty all the way.  It also didn’t hurt that this was the dawning of MTV and the commercial viability of music videos.  Rick Springfield was, in a word, hot.

Flowing raven locks, pouty lips, and a nice bod.  What’s not to love?  He even had the cojones to rock white pants and white shoes.

“Jessie’s Girl” is a good song, despite its lack of depth.  Unrequited love always sells really well to teenagers.  Although, I’ll be honest, I have no idea why he’s pining away for Jessie’s girl.  She looks like a shallow mouth-breather to me.

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4 Responses to “Repost: “Jessie’s Girl””

  1. Sandee said

    I love the music from the seventies! This song always reminds me of the movie “Boogie Nights” when that crazy coke head plays it really loud in coke-induced frenzy.

  2. This is all true of Rick Springfield, but if you have ever been a fan of his music, you ought to check out all his music, such as Karma, Sahara Snow, and more recently, Shock, Denial, Anger, Acceptance, 2004; Venus in Overdrive, 2008 and Songs for the End of the World, 2013. The last three albums all charted on Billboard, and should’ve received radio play (don’t get me started there). Rick is currently touring this spring and summer with his full andband, A Stripped Down Acoustic Storyteller’s type tour (not be be missed), and has nine dates booked this summer with Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo.

    • Oh yeah! He’s still out there rockin’ the world. His appearance in Sound City proved how great he still sounds to a lot of people who might have otherwise dismissed him. But “Jessie’s Girl” is still my favorite. 🙂

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