Sunday, August 10, 2014

"Don't Talk to Strangers" by Rick Springfield

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  0943
Date:  03/06/1982
Debut:  57
Peak:  2
Weeks:  21
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  After the major success of "Jessie's Girl" and his album "Working Class Dog," Springfield needed to prove that the hits were no fluke. His matinee idol image, courtesy of the soap "General Hospital," had many questioning if his day job just caused his sudden music success. He answered with the album "Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet" and this first single, both of which rocketed to #2 on the charts. The song would also get Springfield another Grammy nod in the Best Pop Male Vocalist category.

ReduxReview:  Leaning more towards pop for this single, Springfield hits the right notes again. It's a very confident sounding song that was perfect in helping to solidify his music career. I don't think he could have had a better lead-off single for the album.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  With "Don't Talk to Strangers," Springfield basically recycled his own material. In 1978, Springfield recorded an album that ended up getting shelved. One of the songs recorded was "Spanish Eyes." Springfield took the melody from that song's verse and used it for "Don't Talk." A few of the other songs meant for the album were released on a 1984 cash-in album called "Beautiful Feelings" without Springfield's involvement (his old vocals set to new music). The original recordings finally got to see the light of day on the 2007 album "The Early Sound City Sessions."


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