Rick Springfield & Coheed and Cambria Finally Reveal Who ‘Jessie’s Girl’ Really Is

by Jeremy Spirogis
Rick Springfield

Rick Springfield is greatest identified for his chart-topping music, “Jessie’s Girl.” The unique hit tells the story of a younger girl Springfield desires, however can’t have. Now, virtually 40 years later, followers are lastly studying extra about “Jessie’s Girl,” because of Coheed and Cambria’s sequel, “Jessie’s Girl 2.”

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Before he grew to become a chart-topping artist, Rick Springfield was an actor

In the early 1980s, Springfield was solid as Dr. Noah Drake on the cleaning soap opera General Hospital. He portrayed Noah Drake for 2 years, till his music profession took off in 1983. 

As it seems, Springfield began performing as a result of he nor his agent had been positive his music profession achieve success. When Springfield signed a contract with RCA Records to document Working Class Dog, neither had excessive hopes for the album.

“I didn’t think anything would happen, so it was a big surprise all around,” Springfield informed Billboard. “The first one that becomes a hit is always, ‘Oh my God, how did that happen?!’” 

Fortunately, Springfield’s profession did take off. He went on to document 17 studio albums, and he continues to make music today. 

‘Jessie’s Girl’ is about an actual girl 

One of the songs that skyrocketed Springfield to success was “Jessie’s Girl.” Springfield mentioned the music was impressed by a girl in a stained glass artwork class he was taking. 

“This girl was at the class, and she was just — you know, burning,” Springfield defined to Fox News. Unfortunately, the lady needed nothing to do with Springfield as a result of she had a boyfriend.

“I took my sexual angst home and started writing a song about it,” Springfield admitted. In actuality, the lady’s boyfriend’s title was Gary. According to Springfield, that title didn’t work properly within the music, so he modified it. 

Ron Jessie, a participant for the 1979 Los Angeles Rams, impressed the title “Jessie”.

“I was wearing his shirt that I had just picked up at a market that said ‘Jessie’ on the back,” Springfield continued. “It was [spelled] J-E-S-S-I-E, which is a female. I meant to spell it J-E-S-S-E, but the rest is kind of history.”

Coheed and Cambria wrote a sequel to ‘Jessie’s Girl’ 

Almost 40 years later, Coheed and Cambria have created a sequel to Springfield’s 1981 hit. 

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The music, aptly titled “Jessie’s Girl 2,” tells the story of what would have occurred if Springfield had gotten the lady all these years in the past. 

The concept of a sequel to “Jessie’s Girl” first dawned on Coheed and Cambria in 2019. “Has anyone ever written a sequel to another artist’s song?” vocalist and guitarist Claudio Sanchez puzzled (by way of Entertainment Weekly).

Sanchez thought it might be attention-grabbing to proceed the story of “Jessie’s Girl” set in “a National Lampoon’s film meets So I Married an Axe Murderer.”

‘Jessie’s Girl’ is a psychopath

Thanks to Sanchez’s hybrid concept, followers lastly know extra about who “Jessie’s Girl” actually is. 

It seems she’s not the lady Springfield thought she was. 

Throughout the music, Sanchez sings about “the flip side of Jessie’s girl that no one knows.” The music takes Springfield’s unique story and flips it the wrong way up, demonstrating how “Jessie’s Girl” is now “the hunter,” not “the hunted.” 

Springfield has a verse within the music that clarifies the story of how he and “Jessie’s Girl” received collectively on this alternate universe: 

It positive appears unusual he put up no battle
When she broke his coronary heart that fateful night time
Jessie performed honest; he positive appeared cool
What I hadn’t identified was I used to be his idiot
We’re married now, home, job, three youngsters
Dreaming of what life may have been
Stranded on the if’s and perhaps’s
Had I left that monster within the 80’s

“Jessie’s Girl 2″ is available for pre-order. The 7” vinyl launch will debut on Sept. 4. 

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