Since there were no lyrics on the CD inset or anywhere else online, they took it upon themselves to listen to the songs multiple times to try to get all the lyrics down and then shared them with everyone (with a note saying that “actual notes may vary from our interpretation” since the lyrics weren’t officially released anywhere so may not be 100% accurate.)
Maybe RS – ahem, Paul, Scotty, Skippy, Duncan or Beau, who make up The Red Locusts – now realize how important his lyrics are to fans and maybe the next CD will include lyrics…. Not that we mind replaying the same parts over and over again trying to figure them out, but still, it would be nice to know for sure.
So glad I’m not the only one who cares about this kind of stuff. Thank you to the Rick Springfield and Us team for taking the time to do this!
P.S. from later tonight: I just got a chance to watch some of the videos people shared on FB fan pages from tonight’s concert in Macon, GA. Two songs on the set list were “The Light of Love” and “Everybody’s Girl” from “Working Class Dog.” How cool is that?!
Plus of course it’s RS’s birthday month and if it were a normal year, there would already be “Happy birthday” singalongs at concerts. Unfortunately it looks like some of the concerts won’t be happening before the big day (Aug. 23), so here’s a little “Happy Birthday” snippet from 2019:
It looks like in previous years I had more time on my hands and recapped the whole year in great detail but this year I’ll simply share the past six years by linking to last year’s post, “Cheers to 6 years.”
Looking forward to the release of “Jack Chrome and the Darkness Waltz” coming out in October and the video of RS and his band playing “Working Class Dog,” in the order on the album. (He recently mentioned that on the Working Class DJ show). He’ll likely have some other surprises as well.
Seven years ago I finished reading Rick Springfield’s autobiography “Late, Late at Night” and was so excited about revisiting all the songs from my teen years – and learning about the context for many of them – that I put together a site about the book: latelateatnightjourney.wordpress.com. Here is the intro:
It’s literally late, late at night. All the kids are sleeping and I put this blog together today because I felt compelled to do so after reading Rick Springfield’s “Late, Late at Night” memoir and finding myself searching through the Internet to find the songs in the book – both those that I sang along to countless times when I was younger and those that I wasn’t familiar with. I was surprised that I still remembered so many of the lyrics to songs from his earlier albums, back when my bedroom walls were covered with Rick Springfield posters and I’d listen to the albums over and over again (long before CDs). This blog is dedicated to my 13-year-old self who would have totally done something like this had blogs, YouTube and the Internet existed at the time. And also to Rick Springfield for many years of great music! (And thanks to all the wonderful Rick Springfield fans who have brought all these resources to said blogs and YouTube videos so I could find them!) It’s based on Rick Springfield’s memoir “Late, Late at Night” and provides links to the songs in the book, presented by chapter.
Although I called it a blog in the intro, it’s not really – it was just a little guide of where to find the songs in the different chapters, in case anyone else would be interested. After I finished it, I figured I was done revisiting my RS fan days and would move on.
However, that wasn’t the case. I found myself overflowing with excitement about all the new information I’d found (and continued to discover), yet nobody in my everyday life was really interested.
A few days later, I decided to stop talking about it after sensing that people’s patience was wearing thin and decided to just write about it instead in hopes that there were others out there in Cyberspace who could relate. The first post on the “My Rick Springfield crush” blog was posted on Aug. 8, 2014 and I started pulling out my old journals and planners to see what I documented. I found the first diary I ever had, from 1982, which also detailed the early stages of my infatuation with RS and then in spiral notebooks found notes about different concerts I attended, when I met him for the first time, etc. It never occurred to me that I’d still be writing this seven years later!
A few months after starting the blog, I listened to the “Late, Late at Night” audiobook on CD and was inspired to write the first song I’d written in about 10 years. I pulled my guitar from high school out of the case, practiced the few basic chords I used to know and wrote “My Rick Springfield Crush Revival.” A few months later I recorded it on a tape recorder (in the bathroom because the acoustics sounded better) and made a video of it.
(Yes, I cringe a little when listening to it….)
Anyway, a couple of weeks ago I finished listening to the audiobook a second time (since I had subscribed to Audible so I could listen to his novel sequel “World on Fire,” I figured that I might as well get the autobiography, too, since seven years ago I had borrowed it from the library). I don’t know what it is with this audiobook, but it inspired to me write yet another song on this topic.
When I played the new song for my husband, he commented that it sounded a little obsessive. That wasn’t really what I was going for, but I guess after writing a fan blog for seven years perhaps I’ve lost some perspective. The song is meant to be a tribute to those who provide inspiration to others (specifically RS in my case, in case you can’t tell by all the evidence in the video) and the video includes images from the blog.
In honor of the seven-year anniversary of the “Late, Late at Night Musical Journey,” here’s “Star of the Show.” (Hopefully the recording sounds a little better this time around, as I wrote and recorded it in our makeshift studio using Logic Pro – no bad guitar playing in this one. Though my future self will probably still cringe when I listen to it, I hope some people will relate to the sentiment and enjoy the song!)
A recent interview with Noise11.com revealed more information about another new project Rick Springfield has been working on during the pandemic. As he announced on social media earlier this month, RS recorded songs for “Jack Chrome and the Darkness Waltz,” the darker than ‘Snake King’ album about Day of the Dead that he mentioned in interviews a few weeks back, with Russel Morris, a musician in Australia.
My Aussie pal Russel Morris and I wrote and recorded these songs over lockdown and we are proud to release this albeit “very different” album. It’s dark and moody as hell. Coming to you in October and it’s available now for preorder: https://t.co/m6zrVzsZtW Enjoy! Love Rick pic.twitter.com/jU9MaBoaka
I’m not up on my Australian music scene but Russell Morris and RS go way back – this new interview mentions that RS played guitar on RM’s first album back in 1971 – and RM is the one who is scheduled to tour with Zoot next year (in the 2020 tour that was postponed to 2021 and then 2022.) (Russell Morris is doing the vocals for Zoot, filling in for lead singer Darryl Cotton, who sadly died in 2012 – nine years ago on July 27.)
In the interview, Russell Morris said he was inspired for the album after reading the book “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto” by Mitch Albom (a really good book by the way…). Albom is also the author of “Tuesdays with Morrie,” “Five People You Meet in Heaven” and several others. One of my favorite authors!
Last night was the first full-band concert in 16 months and it was incredible!
Well, I wasn’t actually there – Rick Springfield was the featured guest for the free 12th annual Lights on the Lake event in Sherman, Texas – but thanks to the generosity of RS fans who posted videos on RS fan Facebook pages, other fans got to experience parts of it, from the attempt to put on a hazmat suit before going out into the audience for “Human Touch” to the rose explosions and him filming the audience as he came out on stage.
I’m guessing that it was a thrill for them all to be back on stage for a live show after such a long stretch of time, especially that at this time last year we weren’t sure if things would ever get back to “normal.” It’s so nice to see everyone – both band and fans – being together again. It’s almost like the pandemic was just a bad dream and now we can we just can go back to getting together to celebrate happy moments together.
(However, I still felt a bit of the teenybopper/mother hen syndrome, with a mix of “Yay, he’s still going out into the audience for ‘Human Touch’!” and “I hope they all stay healthy, there’s still that Delta Variant of COVID-19 and will that mask and gloves protect him enough?” Shut up, mother hen, and just enjoy the concert, sheesh.)
Seriously though, I hope everyone stays healthy.
I’m especially grateful to those fans who shared their view from the spots close to the stage. Sometimes he seems to be looking directly into the camera, which makes it even more fun watching from home because of that whole “Oh my gosh, he’s looking right at me!” feeling I remember feeling at 13 (when I was watching through binoculars from many rows away from the stage).
Other RS notes
I recently re-listened to the audiobook of “Late, Late at Night” (since I had subscribed to Audible to listen to “World on Fire,” I thought I might as well get his autobiography, too, since I had borrowed it from the library from when I read it back in 2014.) After listening to him talking about his life again, it was even cooler to see him back in action on stage. I wonder if there will be a sequel to the autobiography at some point so we can learn more about what went on behind-the-scenes this past decade (or longer, depending on when he would write it.)
Beach Bar Rum biz
It’s not like RS has been staying at home throughout this whole pandemic. After he received his vaccination, he’s made appearances at different places, like last weekend in Las Vegas, where he spent an evening at Cabo Wabo and attended a Nightclub and Bar Convention with Sammy Hagar for Beach Bar Rum.
I also received my Red Locusts CD. I have been listening to the album via streaming, but wanted to hear the additional song and hoped for lyrics. No lyrics though. Has anyone gone put together the lyrics that they’d like me to post? So far I haven’t found them anywhere online.
Why would I write about some random band called The Red Locusts on a Rick Springfield blog? Well despite the secrecy behind it, the word seems to be out, judging by this review of the album. Not that anyone who listens to it would be surprised. Even my 12-year-old who heard it for the first time in the car when I picked him up from camp said, “Is this Rick Springfield?” during the song that was playing.
Working Class DJ
RS has also continued with his Working Class DJ show on SiriusXM (another subscription I’ve acquired due to a RS offering), which debuted in January. It’s a lot of fun listening to his little stories and funny bits on a weekly basis and the music is great. This past one had a Fourth of July theme where he actually played a Bruce Springsteen song (which he introduced as Bruce Springfield and then explained the confusion people have had through the years between the two. (A clip from his song “Bruce” is below.)
Here’s a Medley, from rsandus:
And here’s a great fan video from Travels from Nick.
Check out future concerts on the official RS page. Thanks again to the fans who shared their videos of last night’s show!
I just heard the new Zoot song, “That was Then” and wow, such an incredibly powerful song. It’s like a soundtrack for the last post about Rick Springfield’s fame in the 1980s, “40th anniversary of ‘fan army’ mall shutdown.”
But that was then, and this is now, I know we were breaking hearts back when we were blessed somehow If I could hear them call my name again, young hearts beat loud and strong but this is now and that was then
For those who are not familiar with Zoot, it’s the Australian band where Rick Springfield was a guitarist in Australia before he came to the U.S. (Read more here.) and they were supposed to go on a reunion tour – their first time performing in Australia in 50 years – in fall 2020, which got postponed to 2021 and now 2022. Sadly, the band’s lead singer, Darryl Cotton died in 2012, shortly after the band performed together for the first time since the ’70s (the performance was on a Rick Springfield and Friends cruise). His voice is featured in the intro of this new song.
Here’s a press release about the new song (and the postponement of the tour) on a Zoot Facebook page:
“That Was Then” was written by Beeb Birtles, Rick Springfield and Russell Morris and features all three, plus ZOOT drummer Rick Brewer. Even the sadly departed Darryl Cotton makes a posthumous appearance in the intro to the song.
Beeb Birtles gives us some insight into the genesis of the song:
“That Was Then” is a song that takes us back to the heydays of ZOOT, as well as Russell Morris’s solo career. When the idea for writing a new ZOOT song was presented to Rick Springfield, Russell Morris and myself, I sent a chord progression that I’d been playing to Rick in Los Angeles. Rick ran with it and came up with a fantastic melody and chorus. Then it was sent to Russell in Australia who wrote the bridge for the song. So, it is truly a collaboration between all of us, and it turned out to be a really great new ZOOT song! Check it out!”
Insight from Rick Springfield:
Beeb’s acoustic track started me just vocally riffing around it and I realized after I’d come up with some lyrics and the chorus that this song was about Darryl and our (relatively) carefree days as young Zooties touring with Russell. Everyone knew each other and we were all friends. We had our disagreements but when we got on stage we were united. I’d look over at Dazza and Beeb and Malc and feel like it was us against them. I miss being young Ricky Springthorpe living at my parent’s house in Melbourne and thinking I had all the time in the world. Life moves on and we are here 50 years later with a song to celebrate Zoot and Russ’s early days when we were young and fearless.
Forty years ago today, a Rick Springfield appearance at record store at a shopping mall was shut down by the fire marshal after thousands of fans made their way to the Virginia mall in hopes of meeting RS, whose song “Jessie’s Girl” was a radio hit at the same time he played the role Dr. Noah Drake on the popular soap opera “General Hospital.”
One thing that came to mind after reading this is that it’s interesting that RS has said in interviews that in the 80s he didn’t appreciate his fans as much as he does now, which contradicts what one of the sources in this article remembers. It actually sounds like he was also appreciative at that time, as he offered to sign autographs in a limo surrounded by a mob, which doesn’t sound like a good idea, but still demonstrates that he wanted to show his appreciation for the fans that came out to see him.
Who knows, maybe he was referring to later in the 80s before he took a break from it all. I find his career so fascinating, all the highs and lows of it. I probably reflect on it much more than I should, but I find it so inspiring. For instance, taking a stained glass class in an attempt to have a second career to fall back on if his music career didn’t take off since his past few albums didn’t achieve the success he wanted. Then that led to him writing “Jessie’s Girl” about an experience of unrequited lust with his stained glass classmate’s girlfriend. Taking acting jobs to pay the bills although his first love was music and wasn’t confident that his new album “Working Class Dog” would go anywhere. Accepting the role on “General Hospital,” simply because he had bills to pay.
Then “Jessie’s Girl” becomes a No. 1 hit, “General Hospital” becomes the No. 1 soap opera and suddenly he’s recognized on the street and causing traffic jams at local malls. That must have been a surreal experience!
In the Washington Post archives, there’s an article a few days before his June 17, 1981 appearance, “Springfield’s Power Pop,”
So far, the 1981 power-pop single of the year is Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl” — a flabbergasting Frankenstein’s monster whose sum is even more powerful than its parts. Out of Springfield’s restive retirement comes this insinuating evocation of baffled sentiment and agonizing physical awareness, matched perfectly by a relentless rhythm and a melody that teeters between major and minor. Already at No. 12 with a bullet, “Jessie’s Girl” is assured of making the Top 10 and quite possibly No. 1.
Washington Post, June 12, 1981
(The rest of the article is kind of annoying and also includes a Springsteen comparison. Ugh.)
The following month, more than 6,000 teenage fans stormed the stage during his appearance in a Chicago mall, which sent two girls to the hospital according to an article in “The Daily Herald.”
The girls get so excited when they see him it’s just incredible. The audiences have been packed with more than 6,000 people at his recent performances in Cleveland and Washington, D.C. and at both of those, everybody just started going crazy. There’s really not much you can do to prevent that type of thing, because the girls just go wild when they see Rick.
Steve Gordon, promotion manager for RCA Records, 1981
RS fans have matured a bit since then, right?
Here’s a fun blog post I found where the writer is remembering the time RS was supposed to appear at a local record store but had to escape in a police car after the Sam Goody window shattered: “Rick Springfield and me in a riot.”
Being a fan in those days is so different from what it’s like now. When I was a teenager, I got my news from the teen magazines such as Teen Beat, 16 and Bop. I’d walk over to the local drugstore to pick up the newest magazines (and then stick the RS posters up on my wall). (See the post “Where it all began” to see examples of the content in those magazines.) Besides signing up for the Rick Springfield fan club, there wasn’t really a way to “connect” with my favorite rock star except to listen to his albums over and over again and plaster my bedroom walls with his posters.
Yet by reading all the magazine articles, fans feel like they “knew” their favorite celebrities, when in reality they really didn’t. Today’s celebrity scene is so much more intensified with social media, especially those that post a lot of personal content. There’s an interesting interview with Billie Eilish in Rolling Stone that came out today as I was thinking about this, “Billie Eilish and the Pursuit of Happiness,” where she addresses her sudden fame and her reaction to it and the idea that her fans think they know her but they really don’t.
True, RS has divulged a lot of his life through his autobiography and through his songs and in interviews, which is why so many of his fans feel a connection with him. Plus since he’s had such a long career, many of his fans have traveled from their teens to their 50s with his music and trivia about his life is ingrained in their brains. (Surely it’s not just me…)
It used to be stars’ personal lives were captured in the tabloids, but now their lives are much more exposed, both by paparazzi (such as this RS trip to a Malibu grocery store with Bindi and the Corvette) and by their social media posts. Then there’s that whole cancel culture. It’s much more exhausting to follow now then it used to be in the 80s. Aw, the good ole days of being a fan, such a more innocent time (at least to me, at age 12). (Though the idea that someday fans could take a cruise and other fan trips with RS and his crew was beyond my comprehension at the time!)
Anyway, I just meant to pop on here and comment on this fun article about the Tysons Corner mall, but now I feel I’m rambling. Maybe the weather has something to do with not thinking clearly – it’s 117 degrees here today!!!!! Although concerts are popping back up on the calendar (with the first full-band show since before the pandemic on July 2!), there’s probably not much hope for an outdoor concert here anytime soon.
People who only know him for “Jessie’s Girl” will be surprised to learn how much music he’s made since the 1960s. Even after being immersed in his music for awhile now, there are still several songs and different versions of songs that I haven’t heard yet. The songs include songs from his many studio albums, acoustic versions, live versions from concerts and songs from his different bands (Zoot, The Red Locusts, Sahara Snow). Earlier today was a performance with RS and Richard Marx from one of the fan cruises. At this very moment, he is singing “Painted Girl,” the very first song he remembers writing at age 15, which he performed at an acoustic Stripped Down tour.
This is for diehard RS fans for sure, but also for those who are fans that are only familiar with his hits because there are SO MANY GREAT SONGS that you’ll want to hear.
And if you’re not a fan of Rick Springfield, then you don’t have to listen and why are you even reading this blog? (But since you’re here, you may as well check out his songs and you may become a fan.)
By the way, those who listened to his recent Working Class DJ show on SIRIUSXm with the theme of “Hopeless Romantics” (which was actually a set of cynical love songs that included “Love Stinks,” “Tainted Love” and “King of Pain) would have heard him mention a photo session where he was wearing a pink shirt and a leather jacket holding a black guitar. This is the one I think he was talking about (which I of course had on my bedroom wall during my teenage years…)
Another one from this session (that was also on my wall):
Just for fun, here’s a really bad pic of the actual wall from my teenage bedroom (with those two posters):
Thank you to RS for all the decades of great music and to the Rick and the NEWSflash fan group for sharing all this music!
I’ve had a great morning listening to the new Red Locusts album! Such fun, upbeat, energetic songs, I can’t help dancing at my stand-up desk as I’m working today.
It totally has a Beatles vibe, which is great because they are one of my favorite bands.
On first listen, my favorite songs are “Glow Worm” and “Insert Your Name Here.” (The latter gives all fans an opportunity to pretend RS wrote a love song about them, which is really exciting for your inner-13-year-old self.) “Miss Daisy Hawkins” is a fun song, with lots of Beatles references. (For context, Daisy Hawkins was the original name of the character of Eleanor Rigby.) Also really like “Honestly.” Because I watched the video for “Another Bad Day for Cupid,” that’s what I pictured when listening to the song.
The limited edition red vinyl looks like it’s still available on the Rick Springfield merch site and it has an extra song on it (“Love is Gonna Save the Day”) – that’s not on streaming version (and “Deep Blue Sea” is listed as “Deep Blue Skies” on the streaming version, which I assume is a mistake as the lyric is “Deep Blue Sea.”)
By the way, the secret is out that this is Rick Springfield’s new project (in case you couldn’t tell before), as he officially announced it on the last episode of the Working Class DJ show on SiriusXM. Plus the songs are listed as being written by him and Matt Bissonette (the former guitarist in his band who he also co-wrote songs with on “Rocket Science,” “Venus in Overdrive” and “Songs for the End of the World.” Before the pandemic, he toured with Elton John). Other band members are drummer Gregg Bissonette, (Matt’s brother and a drummer for Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band). Still not sure who “keyboardist Duncan Sweets and guitarist Beau Weevil” are.
What do you think? I’m happy to bask in the light of this new CD for a few months until he releases his next album (which he has called very dark, darker than “The Snake King”), which he has said should be out around November of this year.
He’s been really busy this past year! He talks about it in this recent interview and there are even some concerts on the calendar, including meet & greets.