Unnecessary Comeback Corner: Rick Springfield
- July 29, 2008 4:03 PM |
- By Arts Online
I suppose one ought to congratulate Rick Springfield. After all, he's a man who's managed to parlay what should've been a fleeting fifteen minutes in the spotlight into a career that, like an over-moussed cockroach, refuses to die regardless of how many cred-destroying blows (former soap stardom; one-hit-wonder status) are dealt. Actually, in Springfield's case, his star should've dimmed before it even entered one of the galaxy's spiral arms.
But hey, Rick Springfield. Here you are, 27 whole years after Jessie's Girl, the #1 single that made you a pop icon, first hit airwaves, and you're still knockin' out albums. I've not heard your latest, Venus In Overdrive (out today), in its entirety, but according to various interview snippets, the name pays homage to the goddess of love. Once a dreamboat, always a dreamboat, huh?
Anyhow, our news writer over at Arts Online, Jess, alleges that you're in the midst of a major comeback moment. She cites the inclusion of Jessie's Girl in Guitar Hero as proof. I feel that you're a cheeseball who has yet to match (let alone beat) the success of your only memorable song (which, let it be known, can be heard at karaoke joints worldwide on a nightly basis).
And you know what? Judging from your atrociously-titled new single, What's Victoria's Secret? -- a retrofitted power-pop anthem that sounds exactly like your One Big Hit, tempered by a faint whiff of the Cars' Just What I Needed, and a sprinkling of both Marcy Playground and Third Eye Blind -- you clearly haven't exorcised the ghost of Jessie's Girl, Rickster.
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