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.

A new music video!

I had intended to stop writing this blog and convinced myself that it was the right time, especially after my recent discovery  (see previous post). But then there was this yesterday:

And this:

I was so excited that there will be a new video soon and realized that I don’t know anybody in my real life that really understands how excited I am about this (or who wants to hear about it) so I had to come back here to write about it.

A new video – whoo-hoo! MTV was such a big part of my teenage years. Although we never had cable, I did A LOT of babysitting for families who did have cable and as soon as the kids were asleep, I switched on MTV. So now instead of waiting for a babysitting gig then waiting for the kids to go to sleep so I could wait for a Rick Springfield video, now I’ll just watch the Internet for a sign of the new video. Sort of like the ’80s, except now I’m 30 years older. That’s OK though, right?

Anyway, when I first saw the photo of RS on the mountain, I thought it must be for “Down” because the song mentions a mountain and a river. Except the video was being filmed at an ocean, so maybe not? Then I thought maybe it could be for “The Best Damn Thing” because of the “crying on the beach” line. But that was by a raging sea. What’s the difference between an ocean and a sea anyway? “Crowded Solitude” mentions an ocean, but it seems like “Down” would be the next single since “Rocket Science” was always promoted with “Light This Party Up” and “Down” and there’s already a video for “Light This Party Up.” Yes, all of this actually crossed my mind and I couldn’t even discuss it with anyone!

And then the answer came today:

Did I mention how excited I am about this?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Hands on Deck

Out of all the songs on “Rocket Science,” “All Hands on Deck” has taken me the longest time to get used to. I admit that although I loved the patriotic message, I typically skipped over it when listening to the CD. (OK, it’s only been one week since I’ve had the CD so it really hasn’t been that long.)

HOWEVER, somebody recently made a beautiful lyric video of the song with incredible images, and now I hear it differently. Maybe it’s because I’m part of the MTV generation – when MTV used to play music videos – and susceptible to the power that videos can have to influence the opinion of a song, but the video changed my whole feeling about the song. Kudos to whoever put this together.

Here’s the video, go ahead and sing along:

“From the mountains to the fertile plains
With the pulse of lighting in our veins
Hallelujah strike the band in hopes
we will survive this shipwreck
Call all hands on deck.”