Tuesday, May 17, 2016

"Souls" by Rick Springfield

Song#:  1653
Date:  10/15/1983
Debut:  70
Peak:  23
Weeks:  15
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Springfield got his third consecutive platinum album with Living in Oz. The LP topped out at #12 thanks to the #9 showing of "Affair of the Heart" and the #18 "Human Touch." Hoping to squeeze one more hit out of the album, this third single was issued. It was the lowest peaking of the three, but it still came close to cracking the Top 20.

ReduxReview:  Yet again Springfield tosses out another solid rock tune. He was really on his game with Living in Oz. What's nice about this song is that he doesn't go overboard on the production with a ton of keyboard parts and effects. It's meaty without being overbearing. For the most part, he just puts the song out there. It's kind of been forgotten now, but the quality of it ranks right alongside the album's previous two singles.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  After many years toggling between acting and music, the combo effect helped Springfield land a significant film role. Oscar winning director Jonathan Demme was looking for an actor who was also a solid musician/guitarist for his latest film. When word got out that the star of the film was going to be Meryl Streep, most every actor who ever touched a guitar was trying to get the part. But no one was clicking. Either the actors couldn't really play guitar very well (or at all) or good guitarists couldn't act. That all changed with Springfield went in for an audition. With a solid resume on both sides of the check sheet, he walked in and meshed with both the band and with Streep. He ended up getting the part of the guitarist in Streep's band in the 2015 film Ricki and the Flash. Although the film was not a major hit, the appearance (and good notices) of Springfield put a spotlight back on his career.


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