Saturday, August 06, 2011

American Top 40 Flashback - Rick Springfield

One of the great one-shots in pop/rock history, and it sounds as good today as it did 30 years ago.

But don't just take my word for it; read what Greil Marcus had to say, in picking the song as his favorite single of 1981 (and as #1 on his year-ending Real Life Rock Top Ten):

"Jessie's Girl" is all surfaces - classic teenage music from a 32-year old Australian-born Angeleno who makes his rent playing Dr. Drake on General Hospital - and after well over six months on the radio the disc comes across with more punch than ever: fast, funny, anguished, sexy - and that drum sound! and that guitar solo! Still it may live in history more for these lines, as naturalistically odd as anything by Chuck Berry: "And I'm looking in the mirror all the time/Wondering what she don't see in me."

"Jessie's Girl," the #1 song in America, this week in 1981.

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