Working Class VJ

Before Rick Springfield was a Working Class DJ on SiriusXM 80’s on 8, he was a guest VJ on MTV.

I just came across these videos from 1984 and thought I’d share them.

While we’re back in 1984, might as well include this interview with Mark Goodman, an official MTV VJ. (Looks like RS really liked that jacket…)

It’s so cool that the two are friends today and that Mark Goodman has been at some of the RS & Friends trips, and RS mentions him regularly on the Working Class DJ show. I miss ’80s MTV, it was incredible.

In the above video, RS talks about “Hard to Hold,” and mentions that it was originally rated X. I wonder what happened to the clips that ended up on the cutting room floor and what was on them. Fortunately it ended up as PG so my 14-year-old self could watch it.

In case you missed it

“Jack Chrome” is getting some attention in the Australian press:

Here are some recent interviews:

“Death and the Made Men: Russell Morris and Rick Springfield on Becoming Jack Chrome”

Death becomes these veteran musicians”

Remote Collaboration: Rick Springfield discusses his latest album”

The interviews mention the 40th anniversary of “Working Class Dog” and a project related to that (which includes some previously unheard demos), as well as another pop album. Whoo-hoo!

Another piece of good news is that a symphony show is on the schedule – Feb. 16, 2022 in Atlanta. That’s wonderful news and hopefully there will be more of those (perhaps one in Phoenix?!) Seeing the list of shows on the concert calendar is a welcome sight and hopefully we won’t see another round of cancellations.

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