Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Do you like Rick Springfield?
His early work was a little too new wave for my tastes, but when Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet came out in '82, I think he really came into his own, commercially and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. He's been compared to Hall and Oates, but I think Rick has far more luxurious hair.
In '85, Rick released the soundtrack to Hard To Hold, his most accomplished album. I think his undisputed masterpiece is Bop 'Til You Drop, a song so catchy, most people probably don't listen to the lyrics. But they should, because it's not just about the pleasures of hard work and perseverance, and the importance of dancing in hot cities, it's also a personal statement about the man itself.
Plus there's the ubiquitous 80s dystopian sci-fi-themed video.