Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Rick Springfield: Songs for the End of the World

"1980s popster Rick Springfield is probably one of the last singers who comes to mind when you think of songs about apocalyptic upheaval. Yet on Oct. 9, Springfield — he of 'Jessie's Girl' and 'Don't Talk to Strangers' — released 'Songs for the End of the World.' Its subject matter is precisely that, with songs titles such as 'Wide Awake,' 'Our Ship's Sinking,' 'My Last Heartbeat' and 'Depravity.' But the new disc really isn't such a departure, says Springfield, who on Oct. 19 plays at Sands Bethlehem Event Center. Springfield's best known for more sugary songs such as his Grammy Award-winning 1981 song 'Jessie's Girl.' But he says his songwriting has been more weighty than perhaps it was perceived ..." (John J. Moser, "Rick Springfield says changes on new disc don't mean 'End of the World,'" Lehigh Valley Music, 10/14/12).

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