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.