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Daily Record 1/13/11: Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet-Rick Springfield (1982)

In 1980s, 1982, pop, record collecting, records, Rich's House of Vinyl, rock, television on January 13, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Think, for a moment, about all that General Hospital has given us:

  • A 1979 boost to Herb Alpert’s career, thanks to the use of his tune “Rise” on the show;
  • Increased exposure to Richard Simmons and his quest to bring healthier diets and exercising to the masses;
  • “General Hospi-tale,” the 1981 novelty rap hit by The Afternoon Delights that reached #33 on the Top 40. If you do not want to remember it or do not want to experience it for the first time, I strongly suggest you not click on the link shown at the end of this entry. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
  • The music career of Rick Springfield.

And to think all of this was bestowed on us during one small set of GH‘s glory years in the late ’70s-early ’80s!

Rick Springfield might very well have had musical success without his role as Dr. Noah Drake, but daily exposure on General Hospital clearly helped Springfield launch the string of 16 Top 40 hits that he had from 1981 through 1988. “Jesse’s Girl,” the first of and still most remembered of these hits, was from Springfield’s album Working Class Dog but today’s Daily Record, Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet spun off three hits as well (“Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “What Kind of Fool Am I” and “I Get Excited”).

The early ’80s was the right time for Springfield. The world needed some straight ahead pop rock guitar tunes and Springfield delivered. While there are a few less interesting songs on Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet, Springfield’s best songs have held up nicely.

Interestingly, a song called “Tonight” features a character named Jessie. He has a girl named Patty, though it’s not clear whether this is the “Jessie” and the “girl” from the previous album. Personally, I think it would have been cool if Rick Springfield had written a song about Jessie and his girl on every album he made, with the narrator being alternatively jealous and cool about their relationship from album to album. But Springfield would have undoubtedly nixed that idea on the grounds of “artistic growth” or something like that.

So, yeah.  Now, here’s a link that you probably don’t want to click, at least if you want to avoid hearing “General Hospi-tale” by the Afternoon Delights:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uF-aPjhbI8E

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