Radio 52, side B, track 1: “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield, #67 on The Top 90 of the ’80s

Rick Springfield - Jessie's GirlOh, Rick Springfield, this was the first time that I’d heard your version of this song, but it wasn’t the first time that I’d heard this song.  No, Rick Springfield, I was actually introduced to this song by a little album called “Chipmunk Rock”.  That’s right, Rick Springfield, some of the best songs to come out of the ’80s, several of them that were likely going to be on this countdown, I had no idea what the “real” versions sounded like.  I only knew what they sounded like when sung by Alvin, Simon, and Theodore.

And I gotta tell ya, Rick Springfield, they sounded damn good.  I listened to “Chipmunk Rock” all the damn time before I got my new stereo and access to music not designed for 7-year-olds.  I knew all about the problems you were having with your good friend and his girl.  I was totally in love with Jessie’s girl right along with you.  I remember listening to the Chipmunks version of this song and having funny feelings when they talked about her loving him with that body late, late at night.

What’s interesting to me is that when I heard your version of this song, I immediately noticed that the lyrics were different from the Chipmunks version.  Just one word, actually, but it was when you sing “Ya know I feel so dirty when they start talkin’ cute”, on the Chipmunks’ version, they sing “Ya know I feel so crazy when they start talkin’ cute”.  I noticed immediately when I recorded this song off the countdown.  And I kinda get why they’d change “dirty” to “crazy”, so it makes me wonder why they were totally fine with the “loving him with that body late, late at night”.  I wouldn’t have really known what feeling dirty meant, but “that body” and “late, late at night” conjured up all kinds of images for me, even when I was too young to know what I was picturing.  So yeah, Rick Springfield, I’m a big fan of yours, thanks in no small part to Alvin and company.  Was their version better than yours?  You be the judge:

“Jessie’s Girl”

Jessie is a friend

Yeah, I know he’s been a good friend of mine

But lately somethin’s changed, it ain’t hard ta define, Jessie’s got himself a girl and I wanna make her mine
And she’s watchin’ him with those eyes

And she’s lovin’ him with that body, I just know it

And he’s holdin’ her in his arms late, late at night

Ya know I wish that I had Jessie’s girl

I wish that I had Jessie’s girl

Where can I find a woman like that

I’ll play along with this charade

There doesn’t seem to be a reason to change

Ya know I feel so dirty when they start talkin’ cute
I wanna tell her that I love her but the point is probly moot
‘Cause she’s watchin’ him with those eyes

And she’s lovin’ him with that body, I just know it

And he’s holdin’ her in his arms late, late at night

Ya know I wish that I had Jessie’s girl

I wish that I had Jessie’s girl

Where can I find a woman like that

Like Jessie’s girl

I wish that I had Jessie’s girl

Where can I find a woman

Where can I find a woman like that

And I’m lookin’ in the mirror all the time

Wonderin’ what she don’t see in me

I been funny, I been cooool with the lines

Ain’t that the way love’s supposed to be

<awesome Rick Springfield jam>

Tell me
Where can I find a woman like that

<awesome Rick Springfield jam>

Ya know I wish that I had Jessie’s girl

I wish that I had Jessie’s girl

I want Jessie’s girl

Where can I find a woman like that
Like Jessie’s girl

I wish that I had Jessie’s girl

I want, I want Jessie’s girl

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3 thoughts on “Radio 52, side B, track 1: “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield, #67 on The Top 90 of the ’80s

  1. […] Easton, I had no idea that you sang this song when it showed up on the countdown.  Just like my Chipmunks album introduced me to a lot of early ’80s pop music, so too did another little album called […]

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  2. […] this song.  That’s right, Kim Carnes, this was another song that I was introduced to by Alvin, Simon, and Theodore.  Since I was only about 6 or 7 at the time I heard the Chipmunks version, I doubt that I got most […]

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  3. […] Rick Springfield, the last time you were on here, it was this same song, and we were talking about Alvin and The Chipmunks.  Embarrassingly, I don’t really have much more to say about it.  Other than that […]

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