Jessie’s Squirrel

Where can I find a squirrel like that?

Where can I find a squirrel like that?

I hope you have your ear canals freshly Q-Tipped out because it’s that time of the week again, Monday!  The day when The Nest and its equine staff bring you all of the best of the lost classics we unearth from the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  DJ Scratchy’s pinning up her old Tiger Beat posters as we speak, while her working class Sponkies are tasked with finding lost gold from yet another of their homeland heroes…

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Rick Springfield is one of a multitude of music artists from down under that has made a nice career for themselves in the world of pop music.  Longer than you may have even been aware of given that he first hit the US charts back in 1972… nine years before “Jessie’s Girl” would cement his legacy as a rock superstar.  His string of hits that came off of the four albums he released in the early 80’s pretty much made the point of everything he did for us before that moot…

That's got to be the lamest attempt I've ever seen at trying to tie two sets of my lyrics together...

That’s got to be the lamest attempt I’ve ever seen at trying to tie two sets of my lyrics together…

Springfield’s third 80’s album, Living In Oz, was released in 1983, right when I first began to start paying attention to music.  It spawned the #9 hit “Affair of the Heart,” as well as the first two songs I ever came to know Mr. Springthorpe for… “Human Touch,” and the criminally underplayed but equally awesome song “Souls,” which reached #23 on the Hot 100 that year…

Since it first came to my cable lineup in 2002, I’ve watched a hell of a lot of VH-1 Classic, which especially during its first handful of years showed nothing but classic music videos from well known 80s anthems to the completely obscure.  Yet short of looking it up on YouTube, I have never seen them air this video, nor have I heard the song played on the radio in over 30 years.  It’s like “Souls” fell straight into the Marianas Trench of forgotten music.

Found it for you...

Found it for you…

And while Springfield isn’t the most mocked Rick of the 80’s, there is a certain cheesiness to his songs… and I’ll admit “Souls” is a bit of a lyrical mess.  But it still doesn’t deserve its fate of being kidnapped by the corporate music goons and never seeing the light of day again.  I guess this is why you don’t talk to strangers….

Stop it, goddammit!!!

Stop it, goddammit!!!

I better go before Rick kicks my ass and I end up at General Hospital.  See ya with another lost earworm next Monday…


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Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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29 Responses to Jessie’s Squirrel

  1. you picked a wonderful gem of the 80’s Many Thanks!!!!!! I nearly forgot this great song. I liked this typical 80’s videos who told a story (even when it was cheesy sometimes)… but it made always sense… today I mostly turn into a humanoid “HUH?” when I get bombed with special effects and eggs-pensive stuff without any sense behind…

  2. Holly says:

    I may or may not have been clapping along with “The Human Touch” on Friday’s drive home. Timely choice!

    • It was a toss up between Human Touch and Souls for the DVA song, but at least I’ve seen the video for the former played numerous times. I like Human Touch better for both the song AND video…

  3. Merbear74 says:

    I always wanted to be Jessie’s girl, but I think she was a blonde with big fun bags…

  4. crimsonowl63 says:

    Wow, he is rocking that mullet. I think he is ahead of fashion with that barely beard look here, isn’t he? As for the song? It’s just more 80s drek. Rick Springfield is much better than some though. I do love these Monday posts!

  5. Trisha says:

    Souls must have come out before I started paying attention to music. Although I’d even forgotten Rick did Affair of the Heart and I loved that song! Jessie’s Girl and General Hospital are the only things that come to mind when I hear Rick Springfield. After seeing this video, I’ll probably think of mullets too!

    • I didn’t even realize people wore “mullets” in the 80’s until I started hearing the term pop up around 2000. I mean, that’s just how everyone (except me) wore their hair back then! I didn’t realize hairstyles had changed so much in the decade since…

      • Trisha says:

        Same here! I never thought of Rick Springfield as having a mullet until I watched the video yesterday. Mullets were just the norm in the years after I graduated high school. My brother had one!

  6. Ally Bean says:

    Dr. Noah Drake! Oh my, now there’s a flash from the past.

  7. ody & biskit… pea see we iz on…. iz havin volume izzuez…. again….
    { it sux like a vacuum } sew we canna heer any thing…..may bee thiz
    izza good thing !! ??? 🙂 ♥♥

  8. You are my soul (sole?) link to all the pop music I’ve successfully ignored through the years. Last night, in an agony of indecision, I went back to my roots and drifted off the Beethoven’s 6th (Pastorale). It was the only thing that seemed able to make my brain turn to OFF. Something about all the violins and cellos …

    • There just weren’t enough cellos in 80’s music… you’d think someone could have put together a cello/synthesizer like those combination guitar/keyboards that were popular in the decade.

  9. oh the 80s angst! I don’t remember that one but Jessies squirrel was big around here. I had to go and relisten 😀

    • I didn’t know until a few years ago that Rick was an Aussie, or that his “Living in Oz” album was a tribute to his heritage. I continue to be amazed at all of the great acts to come from Australia!

      • Thank you. We do love our music and we have been blessed and continue to be blessed with great performers. We also love and listen to music from all over the world,

  10. HA! I was married to a Jessy at the time “Jessie’s Girl” came out and I used to pretend all our guy friends were THINKING the lyrics to this song when they were around ME. Yeah I know – I truly was living in a fantasy world then but hey – who wasn’t?


  11. draliman says:

    I think I’ve heard of this chap!
    Quite a jolly tune, though nothing particularly special or unexpected. Three out of five earworms 🙂

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