[40 Year Dog] -- 40 years ago this week, Rick Springfield released his third studio album in the US (and his fifth studio album overall). Working Class Dog hit the charts on February 24, 1981. This record marked an all-time high in Springfield's career with a #1 hit, "Jessie's Girl," that sold a million copies and won the 1982 Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. (Note: I know it's a beloved song, but like many so-called love songs, "Jessie's Girl" has problematic lyrics ... as shown in this clip, From Jessie's Girl's perspective). Another single from the album, "Love Is Alright Tonite," was later featured in the 2001 comedy film, "Wet Hot American Summer."
Working Class Dog peaked at #7 on the Billboard 200 album chart, and ended the year at #31. Of the three singles, only "Jessie's Girl" and "I've Done Everything for You" got the music video treatment. But YouTube does have a live 1982 performance. Instead of grabbing three tracks from the album, I'll continue my recent activity of embedding a playlist for the full album. Enjoy!
Flashback: Working Class Dog (1981)
That's all till next week. Dedicated 80s-philes can find more flashbacks in the Prophet or Madman archives or via Bookended's 80s Flashback tag. As always, your comments are welcome on today's, or any other, flashback post. And if you like what I'm doing here, please share the link with your friends. If, however, you don't like the flashback, feel free to share it with your enemies.
I'll see you in seven!