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:
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.
“Jack Chrome and the Darkness Waltz,” a project by Rick Springfield and Russell Morris, came out today and although at this time it looks like you can only order the album from Australia, it’s available to stream here.
I listened to the album tonight and the music is INCREDIBLE. The album celebrates Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and is definitely dark (think RS’s “The Snake King” from 2018) but I really enjoyed the music. I listened to it about 10 p.m. outside on the patio with a glass of wine and couldn’t help dancing to most of it. (And I realized how much I missed concerts and wanted to be back in an audience enjoying live music with others.)
Since I’ve only listened once so far, I missed a lot of the lyrics, but the music really grabbed me. Songs I especially enjoyed on this first listen were “We Are the Dead,” “Tonight We’ll Be Kings” and “50mg of Hope.” I imagined it as an animated film celebrating the holiday, which is a celebration of life and death. It would be interesting to hear how those who celebrate the holiday feel about the album, as I don’t know much about the holiday.
Enough on my thoughts about the album – go listen to it yourself and see what you think!
Posted this morning on the Ambition Music Group Facebook page:
A video for one of the songs on “Jack Chrome ad the Darkness Waltz,” from The Morris Springfield Project. (Rick Springfield and Russell Morris): ‘Godforsaken World.’
Here’s what it says about the song on the Facebook post:
Warning: You may need a shot of “Rocket Science”* afterward to go about your day.
“The first song I wrote for the album and I poured all my darkness into it. It talks a bit about the plague we’ve been through. I look at all that’s going on in the world and I wonder, “Where’s God?” I see where evil is, but where’s God?” Rick
Other videos released so far:
The Darkness Waltz
The album is scheduled to come out tomorrow (Oct. 15), but I’m not clear how to get it in the U.S. Does anyone know?
* ‘Rocket Science’ is consideredto be Rick Springfield’s happiest album.
Russell Morris, who recorded “Jack Chrome and the Darkness Waltz” with Rick Springfield, has been posting clips from the new album on his Facebook page, which I just discovered this morning so I though I’d post them here. Not all the posts have the corresponding video with it, but the track listing is posted here.