Stop everything, it’s a live feed from the Grammy Museum

What a great night!!! OK, so the kids fought a lot and the bedtime routine sucked but the evening ended with a live (Facebook livestream) Rick Springfield interview/concert at The Grammy Museum.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to whoever coordinated that live feed. It’s been about 18 months since I was at a RS concert and this was almost like being there. (I was inside the museum in November last year and looked at the door of the theater at the museum and wondered if RS would ever play there, so it’s a same place/wrong time situation).

So many thoughts rushing around in my head that I may not make any sense, but here goes:

I can’t wait to hear “The Snake King” in its entirety. Tonight he played “Little Demon,” which I’ve already listened to countless times; “Land of the Blind” which sounds great; and “The Voodoo House,” which is my favorite so far. It’s funny that he says he doesn’t really know what they’re about. Is that true? I know that when I write songs, they kind of develop as they go and there’s often not an intentional planning so I get what he’s saying about songs writing themselves, but does he really not know or does he just want people to interpret them on their own? (Or does he just not want to repeat the same story over and over again in future interviews like he does with “Jessie’s Girl”?) Here are my guesses: “Little Demon” – unrequited love (or lust). “The Voodoo House” – unrequited love (or lust) and attempting to fulfill it through use of a voodoo doll? Maybe? “Land of the Blind” – no clue, but there are some biblical references there to explore. I’m glad that there’s a lyric book available.

I love how candid he is in his interviews. Not planned and polished, just goes with it and doesn’t seem to care about what people may think about what he thinks of things. It was true in his autobiography and it continues today in interviews. In a world of Photoshop and filters, it’s refreshing to have someone be so real. And it’s not unfiltered in a mean way, like anonymous comments on an online newspaper article or a rude tweet – it’s unfiltered but in a way that makes him still seem like a good guy. Plus he has such a great sense of humor.

Little things like him dropping his guitar pick during the interview in the Pulse Studio and needing to tune his guitar tonight and during an earlier interview are endearing. I go to these song workshops where you bring a song you’re working on and you receive feedback from professional songwriters. Until recently I would bring a CD that I recorded at home because I worried that if I played it live I might forget the chords or the words or drop my guitar pic or have to tune my guitar at the last minute. But now that I’ve seen RS do all of these things – and he’s a pro – then it makes those things less of a big deal. I find the whole story of his career so inspiring, all the ups and downs and how he persevered through it all. I’m glad that his stained glass master career path idea didn’t work out.

I think listening to “Suicide Manifesto” is going to be really, really difficult, knowing that’s how he sometimes feels. I also think it will be important to listen to it to be able to understand how people who are going through depression may feel.

It was interesting to see all the comments on the live stream and to see how so many people feel connected to him. When I was reading the comments as they scrolled by, I realized once again how much about his life is imprinted in my brain. It’s still weird to me that he was such a big part of my teen life (music, concerts, teen magazine articles, posters, diary entries) then totally out of it for more than a decade, besides turning up his songs when I heard them on the radio and then nothing until 1998. Then after 2000 (after four concerts in those three years and one meet-and-greet at a record store), nothing again until 2014. Totally oblivious to all his new music, interviews, etc. for 14 years then BAM, all of a sudden I’m aware of his daily schedule. (As far as touring and promotional interviews, that is.)

How lucky are RS fans that he keeps putting out such great music and that he’s such an incredible songwriter and guitarist? It’s not the first time his songs have had dark undertones (“Misty Water Woman,” “I Hate Myself,” “Shock/Denial/Anger/Acceptance”) – they’ve been there throughout his career. I think if “The Snake King” would have followed “Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet,” it would have been more of a shock for ’80s fans, but we’re all grown-ups now. We’ve all seen examples of how devastating life can be and oftentimes creative expression comes from pain. And he has been very open about what goes on in his head. As he mentioned in interviews, taking that pain and anger and expressing it creatively is what helps him get through it. Each time he releases a new CD, he’s exposing a personal part of him to the world, just as most artists do, and I appreciate that he is able to transform those feelings into songs. I think true artists don’t create based on what they think people want, they create because it’s something they have to do. Their fans are fans because they enjoy what the artist does and they might not love everything that comes out of the creative process, but the creative process is not a service industry and shouldn’t be based on what a consumer wants.

(Click here for the video.)

 

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Saturday Night Springfield Special 2017

Hours and hours of Rick Springfield music – with no song repeated. How great is that?

Thanks, Rowdy Ron, for another Saturday Night Springfield Special!

The first one I listened to was in December 2014, which was SEVEN hours of RS music, and there were many songs I hadn’t heard before because I was a little behind in my RS musical catalog.

This year, I was familiar with most of the songs, although there were still a handful that were new to me. Fun stuff, Rowdy Ron!

What was different about this year was that my family was more involved, at least in the earlier hours (it started at 6 p.m. in Arizona). We had promised one of our kids a visit to our family’s favorite Indian food restaurant tonight, which meant about a 20-minute drive so we were listening to the show on Bluetooth in the car. They were amazingly familiar with many of the songs this time around. My 9-year-old recognized “Mr. P.C.” and a few others and when “Light this Party Up” came on, he noted that right as RS sang “you better buckle up” we passed a sign over the freeway that said “Buckle up.”

The kids got a little star excitement of their own in the restaurant – during our meal, they kept looking at a table behind us, saying that two of the people look like two YouTubers on a web show they enjoy. At the end of the meal, the kids were getting restless so I went outside with them and we looked up the YouTubers’ pictures online. I didn’t recognize them at all, but the kids kept saying that they thought it was them. I told them it was OK to go up to them and say excuse me and ask them, but they were all too shy to do it. I kind of assumed they wouldn’t be the YouTubers – after all what was the chance of that? – so I went with them and said “Excuse me, my kids were wondering if you are on YouTube?” (which is probably not even the correct terminology) and sure enough, they were.

They were both so sweet to the kids (who were absolutely THRILLED to meet them and talked about it all night and I’m sure tomorrow and a long time to come). So thank you, Gabriella and Tylor Skory! (It occurred to me afterward that maybe we shouldn’t have interrupted their meal, but it was such a casual atmosphere and the kids were so excited to think that it might be them that I overlooked that fact. Both were so gracious and acted so happy to talk to the kids so I guess it was OK.)

OK, I digress, but I guess it’s relevant in a way because RS is always so kind and gracious to his fans so it fits that this would happen on a Springfield Special evening. It’s in the air.

Other highlights – the grand prize tonight for those who donate to the birthday campaign is the Rick Springfield-Jeff Silverman “From the Vault” CD, which I’ve never heard and is very rare so whoever gets that is super lucky. And it was also cool to hear from Jeff Silverman, who spoke about “The Snake King.” Well, he didn’t divulge too much about it, but just raised the anticipation even more. And as of right now, the birthday campaign is reported at $12,341, with more coming in tonight during the show. Funds are going to the Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation to help rescued dogs. This year the campaign is in memory of RS’s mother Eileen Springthorpe, which is such a nice tribute.

Anyway, the show is almost five hours so far and Rowdy Ron just announced that it will go for six hours and eight minutes in honor or RS turning 68. Oh yay, “Souls,” one of my favorites, just started. I wanted to request it but wasn’t sure if it was played when we were at the restaurant . Whoo-hoo. OK, off to listen to the rest of the show.

More songs on the way?

So happy to read this in an interview tonight:

Springfield, 67, is touring behind his latest album, “Rocket Science,” which dropped last February, and he continues to co-star in the fantasy-horror series “Supernatural” on The CW. And he’s already writing songs for a follow-up album.

(This was a story from newsobserver.com in advance of this weekend’s concert in Durham, North Carolina.)

The soft-spoken bard knows his ’80s hits draw the crowds, but he’s looking forward to showcasing fresh material. “Most people want to hear the hits, but I love to play the new stuff, which is why I keep writing,” he says. “Whether people listen to it is immaterial.” …

Right now, Springfield says he’s focusing on his role in “Supernatural” – he plays Lucifer – and on songwriting. “I’m in a great space right now,” he says. “I’m on a creative high.”

I’m guessing the interview was done weeks ago since his role in “Supernatural” is over (or at least it seemed to be), but it was the “writing songs for a follow-up album” part that caught my attention. Plus if the story had to mention “Jessie’s Girl,” at least the headline said, “More than Jessie’s Girl.”

I thought the part about writing songs even if nobody listens to them was interesting, especially since everything he writes gets listened to repeatedly and then is analyzed and digested by his fans. (Or is that just me? No, I don’t think so.)

There is a joy of creating something from nothing and the whole process of it is magical, whether it is music or art or anything creative. One of my songs on Soundcloud has over 300 “plays” – but that’s because it happens to have the same name as some wrestling theme song, I discovered after a brief investigation (mine is a very un-wrestling song). So although nobody is listening to my songs (although sometimes my kids sing them), it’s OK, because just the process of writing them is enjoyable (when it’s not frustrating because it feels like something’s not working).

I just had an idea! RS has his own studio and he’s writing songs so he can record them whenever he wants to and because he doesn’t care if anybody listens to them though thousands of people do, he can record them and release them on YouTube so we can listen to them! That sounds like a great idea, right?

5 reasons I ❤ Rick Springfield 

You may know by now that I’m a big fan of Rick Springfield. I think I’ve covered the reasons why in my past 200-plus posts, but I thought I would summarize it here in case anyone is discovering him for the first time after his appearance on “Supernatural” this month.

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So here are the five of the reasons why I ❤ Rick Springfield:

1. His music: I will start here because this is where it started for me. (OK, if I am totally honest, it may have started before I heard his music. I can’t remember if his posters torn from teen magazines were plastered on my wall before I had any of his record albums, but I think hearing his songs on the radio and admiring his cuteness happened at the same time.)

Anyway, really it was his music that ignited my crush in 1982 and I quickly bought all his albums and played them over and over and over again.

Even today his large catalog of music, spanning five decades and covering many different styles of music, still amazes me. I still don’t know if I’ve heard them all.  (For more on this, read “Five decades of Rick Springfield” or check out the detailed list on the fan site Rick Springfield and US.)

2. His writing: I love a catchy tune as much as the next person, but the lyrics in the song are what connects me to songs and RS writes great lyrics. Sometimes even after hearing a song multiple times, I still catch something new that I hadn’t noticed before. For instance, I recently listened to “The Man That Never Was” off the “Sound City” CD and was curious about the “Major Martin” line. I Googled it and discovered the historical reference behind it.

Then there’s his prose. His best-selling memoir “Late Late at Night” was hilarious, touching, interesting and I really enjoyed it – both reading it and listening to him read the audiobook. His best-selling “Magnificent Vibration” was quite a story, too, and I am eagerly awaiting the sequel. (For more on his books, see these posts: “My evenings with Rick Springfield” and “Magnificent Vibration from a fan’s point of view.”)

3. His passion: His passion for music, acting and his family and friends is so inspiring to me. To be able to spend your life doing something you love is a huge blessing and I admire people who are able to do that. While other longtime celebrities seek the spotlight by appearing on reality shows, RS has stayed away from that and instead continues to pursue his passion of music and acting (and guest starring on popular shows like “Californication,” “True Detective” and “Supernatural” is a great way of reaching a new audience  while still keeping your personal life private – something that’s more difficult to do on a reality show). Because his focus is on creating music, writing, touring and acting – and less on the self-promotion so prevalent in today’s social media society – he doesn’t always get the recognition he deserves, unfortunately.

Plus, passion is contagious and learning about his life and the ups and downs of his career has also been very inspiring to me. (See “Blogging to inspiration.”) Plus he has such a great sense of humor and seems really down to earth.

4. His compassion: Although I don’t know RS personally, he just seems like a really good guy. He’s so good to his fans and really seems to appreciate them. Although he has that cool rock star persona, he also has shown his sensitive side many times (in interviews) and well, I’m just a sucker for that I guess (and he is cute and funny). Plus he seems to do a lot of benefit concerts, cares a great deal about dogs and other animals, brings kids on stage and sings with them (including two of my sons, an experience I’ll always treasure)  and is very concerned about the future of the earth and it’s nice when people care about things other than themselves.

5. His candidness: In his memoir, and in interviews since the book’s release, he’s shared his struggles with depression and by doing so, has given so many people hope in their own lives. And yes, he’s made a lot of mistakes in his life – haven’t we all – and the fact that he publicized them in his book and strives to improve himself and do the right thing now, makes me respect him a great deal.

To me personally, after I’ve learned about his experiences as a child and his struggles in school and with depression, it has given me insight into my own child’s struggles with ADHD and has helped me become a more understanding parent. (My son recently started writing songs that help him deal with things – one is an instrumental on keyboard called “The Sad Song” and the other one is “I Hate Homework.” He also wants to be an actor. Hmmm…)

(To read stories from fans about the impact RS has made on their life, check out the fan site We Love Rick Springfield.)

Anyway, these are five of the reasons why I ❤ Rick Springfield. What about you?

Way, way, way back Wednesday

Somebody posted this video on Facebook and I just wanted to post this here because it’s from the recording of one of my very favorite Rick Springfield songs – “Believe in Me” off of the 1973 “Comic Book Heroes.”

For some reason, these lines always get to me:

“And if I get to be a star, or maybe nowhere near that far
I know that either way, it doesn’t matter much to her…”

Probably because he wrote them in his 20s before he became really successful in the U.S. and there’s something really cool about hearing this perspective years after he achieved stardom. I was probably around 13 or so when I heard “Comic Book Heroes” for the first time (years after it came out -I was around 4 years old or so when this video was filmed… yikes) and CBH is still one of my favorites.

So thanks to rsandus for posting! (By the way, if you are not familiar with the rickspringfield.us website, you should really check it out – the fan-based site is celebrating its 15th anniversary and is an amazing resource for all things RS.)

Hours and hours of Rick Springfield music

This weekend there will be another Saturday Night Springfield Special, which is hours and hours of Rick Springfield music.

And to any naysayers who are ready with a sarcastic comment: No, that doesn’t mean a continuous loop of “Working Class Dog” and “Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet.” We’re talking hours and hours of RS songs where no song is repeated – five decades worth of music.

This show is thanks to Rowdy Ron, a DJ/comedian that has created a little community with his online radio show that he’s been doing for eight years. Last weekend, he announced that he is planning only four more shows – one being this weekend’s Saturday Night Springfield Special. (His shows are on Friday and Saturday nights and he’s announced that his last show, on June 4, will be devoted to Prince.)

Click here to get there, starting at 8 p.m. EST. (UPDATE: There is also a Facebook chat room where fans from all over the world chat during the show: Rowdy Ron Radio Chat.)

My first Saturday Night Springfield Special was in December 2014, which was seven hours straight of RS music! It was so cool because there were so many songs I had never heard before – for fans who stopped listening in the 1980s, it’s a great opportunity to discover what RS has done since. In past years, Rowdy Ron also did these shows in honor of RS’s birthday in August, which are fun to listen to not only for the music, but because Rowdy Ron is so funny. He has also done many wonderful interviews with musicians, authors and other special guests on his shows.

The Saturday night show will also help raise funds for Ruben Velasco, RS’s guitar tech who is battling cancer. (Click here to learn about the Still Rockin’ for Ruben campaign and here to visit the YouCaring page.)

Thanks to Rowdy Ron for sharing your love of music and for all your entertaining shows! Best of luck on your future endeavors!

‘Down,’ an unofficial video

My youngest son was home from school today and he entertained himself at my office and on the way home with my phone, taking lots of pictures and making videos. This is what I discovered when I got home.

OK, maybe the the headline of this post is misleading, but it is accurate. Anyway, I thought it was cute and hopefully we’ll see the official video soon.

Where it all began

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I’ve been wondering lately how to conclude this blog. After all, I can’t go on writing about my Rick Springfield crush forever, right? Today I think I found a good way to do this.

I was at my dad’s house today – the house where I grew up – and I decided to check in his backyard shed to see if there was any Rick Springfield memorabilia from my childhood there. And there was! I don’t know why I didn’t think of checking there earlier, I guess I just assumed it got thrown out at some point.

Let’s just say that I understand now why one of my aunts once expressed concern to my mom about my Rick Springfield obsession. I guess I was a little obsessed. Not only did I find a big pile of the posters that covered my walls throughout my junior high and high school years, but I found scrapbooks filled with articles and pictures that I clipped from teen magazines, fan club letters (I had forgotten that “Hard to Hold” was originally called “Forever One,” which I remembered after finding a letter showing that I joined the “Forever One” fan club, too), concert ticket stubs and even a “How Well Do You Know Rick Springfield?” quiz that I wrote for a  high school assignment, which involved working in small groups to create a newspaper. I also found a dusty copy of a book titled “Rick Springfield.”

As of today, this blog’s 189 posts (this is #190) have had about 12,500 views since I started it 21 months ago. I know the majority of the hits were from random “Rick Springfield” searches, but for those of you who followed the blog, thank you for reading it and I thought I’d share these super cool findings with you.

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A 1985 newsletter from the RS fan club – announcing the birth of Rick and Barbara’s oldest son, Liam. Also a mention of RS’s nomination for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He finally got his star on May 9, 2014.

Scrapbook covers

I made two scrapbooks, made from  pieces of construction paper taped together and filled with clippings of articles and photos.

 

 

I thought it would be fun to unfold all the posters and spread them out on the floor of my dad’s living room to see them once again. There were quite a few!

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From this angle, you can kind of imagine how my bedroom walls looked with the posters:

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Then I folded all the posters away and stuck them, along with the rest of the discovered treasures, safely in a drawer in my childhood desk at my dad’s house to look at again another time.

Thank you so much for reading this blog – and thank you to Rick Springfield for all the years of joy and inspiration (hopefully you won’t think I’m too much of a nut after seeing all this). I’ve had so much fun writing it and reconnecting with my inner teen – and this journey to the past has had a significant impact on several aspects of my life.

Thank you also to all the generous RS fans out there for sharing videos and other information. (To new RS fans, check out the “Rick Springfield sites” page on this blog to find sites where you can find nearly everything you’d want to know about Rick Springfield – there are also Facebook fan pages and Twitter accounts that will keep you posted on his latest work.)

Maybe I’ll see you at a future Rick Springfield concert!

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‘Soundtrack of our lives’

“Music is the soundtrack of our lives.” – Dick Clark

I was reminded of this saying when I was listening to the recent “guest DJ” gig that Rick Springfield did for iHeart Radio. So many of these songs brought back memories.

I’m going to apologize in advance because I feel a long blog post coming on. I’ve been feeling very reflective these past few days because my mom’s yahrzeit (anniversary of her death) is next week. A year after she died, I wrote a poem/song that has a melody but no music so I’ve been working on music for it. Plus I’ve been quietly freaking out at the realization that when my birthday comes around this summer, I’ll be only five years away from the age she was when she died (from pancreatic cancer). (UPDATE from April 22: Finished the song, here it is, in case you’re curious.)

ANYWAY, back to the music.

Here is the list of songs on the “Rick Springfield Guest DJ” channel on iHeart Radio (with some of the memories that came to mind when I heard them, to indulge my reflective mood.)

Or you can just click here and listen to the radio show for yourself and disregard the text below. If you listen to it, you get to hear RS’s DJ comments, too, so I recommend it.

Light This Party Up – Rick Springfield – Rocket Science (RSRS): I’m not sure what song this whole DJ gig started on because it’s playing on a loop, so I’ll just start here in the spirit of this song being the first song on Rocket Science. Makes me remember the first time I saw it live after only seeing videos of it from other concerts.

Here Comes the Rain Again – The Eurythmics

Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars: Catchy song, always makes me want to dance. And RS’s comment about living in the ’80s cracks me up.

Down – RSRS: I was so excited to hear this song live after hearing it many times on videos other people posted.

Let’s Dance – David Bowie: “Let’s Dance” was the first David Bowie album I had and this was one of my favorite songs from the album.

Sleep Together – Porcupine Tree

Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves: During the time it was playing regularly on the radio, it was one of my favorite songs to hear. A happy song.

That One – RSRS: Got to see this live for the first time last month. You can even watch this memory! (It was less blurry in real life.)

Borderline – Madonna: This was one of Madonna’s very first songs and it makes me think of the “Madonna-wannabes” at my high school that dressed like her. The very first song I wrote in high school (song meaning a poem with a melody because none of my “songs” had music at that time) was inspired by this song. It was called “Echo, Heart Echo.”

A Day in the Life – The Beatles: When I was in my 20s and living in L.A., I took an acting class and one of the assignments was to act out a song. This is the one I chose.

Abracadabra – The Steve Miller Band: Another song that was a radio favorite – so fun to sing along to.

The Best Damn Thing – RSRS

It’s Raining Men – Weather Girls

Another Brick in the Wall – Pink Floyd

Miss Mayhem – RSRS

Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ – Michael Jackson

Roar – Katy Perry 

The Breakup Song – Greg Kihn Band: Another radio song that I’ve always enjoyed singing along to through the years.

Pay it Forward – RSRS

Straight Up – Paula Abdul

Everybody Wants to Rule the World – Tears for Fears: Classic 80s song I always enjoy hearing.

Life in a Northern Town-Dream Academy

Concrete Heart – RSRS: My 5-year-old son’s favorite song from “Rocket Science.” It’s so cute when he randomly starts singing it.

Holiday- Madonna

Human – Human League: I like this song but the band’s song “Don’t You Want Me” was one of my favorite songs in junior high.

Jack & Diane – John Cougar Mellencamp: I remember when I first heard this song I was about 12 years old and when I heard the line “Hold on to 16 as long as you can,” 16 seemed so far off. Then when I heard it when I was 16, I thought, wow now I’m 16, cool. Now, 30 years later, it just makes me feel old. But I still like the song because it reminds me of the time when age 16 was in the future.

Crowded Solitude – RSRS

You’ve Got a Friend – James Taylor: This song stirs up so many summer camp memories, as it was one of those songs that made everyone teary-eyed on the last night of camp. Almost every time I hear it, I start thinking of my fellow counselors from those years (many who I am now “friends” with on Facebook.)

Let’s Go Crazy – Prince: One of my aunt’s – actually the one that got me my diary in 1982 that I wrote about in an earlier post – got married in a park in Long Beach, California, and I remember just about when it was time to say the vows, a guy shouted from his car, “Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life!”  and I think of that every time I hear this song. Sadly, she died just a few weeks ago. Damn cancer again.

Let Me In – RSRS

Walk Like An Egyptian – The Bangles: Another ’80s song to sing along to (and do that King Tut thing with your hands).

All Hands on Deck – RSRS

Earth to Angel – RSRS

You Make My Dreams – Hall and Oates

Butterflies and Hurricanes – Muse: This was the first time I ever heard this song, but the name made me think of a poem I wrote right after our wedding – Bees and Earthquakes.

St. Elmo’s Fire – John Parr: This reminds me of the Brat Pack and all the Brat Pack movies – so much a part of the 1980s.

We Connect – RSRS

Family Snapshot – Peter Gabriel

We Got the Beat – The Gogos: Another classic ’80s song that brings me back to high school.

Found – RSRS: DJ RS shares a little more about the song and its path to what it became. One of my favorites off “Rocket Science.”

All Right Now – Free: At one time this was one of my Dad’s favorite songs and I remember him playing the song over and over again, singing along, on a long car ride.

The Church – Almost With You

Don’t Stop Believing – Journey

I think that was all of them, though I may have missed a few – not sure if new songs are sometimes added because once in awhile I hear a new one that didn’t come up in a previous listen (although I may have just gotten distracted).

I love the idea that music is something that we all share and that songs are part of our collective memory, although the specific memories may be unique. It was fun to see the songs RS picked and to hear what he had to say about them.

20 songs on the Hot 100 chart

Recent articles about Rick Springfield have referred to him as “rock legend,” “’80s icon” and “the legendary Rick Springfield.” (Also “singer-guitarist-actor,” “Australian rock star” and “Aussie rocker.”) These are definitely better than the “Jessie’s Girl singer” label that was often used in last year’s articles announcing “Ricki and the Flash” and “True Detective.”

But there are still those snide comments that appear now and again that refer to him as a one-hit-wonder. So although those people will likely never come across this post because they are the type to unleash snide comments out into cyberspace without doing any research first, I wanted to share this cool video that was recently posted on the Hot Music Charts YouTube channel: “Rick Springfield Complete Hot 100 Chart History,” which showcases his many hits. (There are lots of great videos on this channel, by the way.)

I’ve provided a recap below for easy reference but I recommend that you watch the video because it shows clips from different RS videos throughout the years so it’s really fun to watch. (The dates on the video are the dates the songs debuted on the chart, the ones below are the ones listed on Billboard.com as the dates the songs peaked. One other difference is the video includes “Taxi Dancing,” which isn’t listed on billboard.com.)

Speak to the Sky: Oct. 7, 1972
Peak: 14, weeks on chart: 13

What Would the Children Think: Dec. 9, 1972
Peak: 70, weeks on chart: 4

American Girls: July 13, 1974
Peak: 98, weeks on chart: 2

Take a Hand: Oct. 2, 1976
Peak: 41, weeks on chart: 9

Jessie’s Girl: Aug. 1, 1981
Peak: 1, weeks on chart: 32

I’ve Done Everything For You: Nov. 7, 1981
Peak: 8, weeks on chart: 22

Love is Alright Tonite: Feb. 13, 1982
Peak: 20, weeks on chart: 16

Don’t Talk to Strangers: May 22, 1982
Peak: 2, weeks on chart: 21

What Kind of Fool Am I: July 3, 1982
Peak: 21, weeks on chart: 12

I Get Excited: Oct. 30, 1982
Peak: 32, weeks on chart: 12

Affair of the Heart: June 18, 1983
Peak: 9, weeks on chart: 18

Human Touch: Sept. 10, 1983
Peak: 18, weeks on chart: 15

Souls: Dec. 3, 1983
Peak: 23, weeks on chart: 15

Love Somebody: May 5, 1984
Peak: 5, weeks on chart: 16

Don’t Walk Away: July 7, 1984
Peak: 26, weeks on chart: 12

Bop ‘Til You Drop: Oct. 20, 1984
Peak: 20, weeks on chart: 15

Taxi Dancing: Peak 59 (on video, but not listed on RS’s Billboard.com list)

Bruce: Jan 12, 1985
Peak: 27, weeks on chart: 13

Celebrate Youth: May 18, 1985
Peak: 26, weeks on chart: 11

State of the Heart: Aug. 17, 1985
Peak: 22, Weeks on chart: 15

Rock of Life: April 2, 1988
Peak: 22, weeks on chart: 15

Hopefully this will become just a “Part 1” video of his Hot 100 songs and the “2016 and beyond” compilation will be started soon with songs from “Rocket Science.”