With 1981’s ‘Jessie’s Girl,’ Rick Springfield had one of the most iconic songs of the decade.
So, get this: imagine if it was called ‘Gary’s Girl’.
According to a new interview with Springfield, IT NEARLY HAPPENED.
He said the song, which appeared on Working Class Dog, was inspired by a real-life experience of being interested in a woman who didn’t want to know him.
“I started going to this stained-glass place in Pasadena,” Springfield said in a recent episode of Mixtape.
“And the reason I kept going was because there was this girl there that was burning hot.
“And she had a boyfriend, his name was Gary, and she didn’t want anything to do with me.
“So, I took my sexual angst home and wrote a song about her.”
Springfield recalled that he tried ‘Gary’s Girl,’ but it “didn’t ring.”
BUT WAIT. IT GETS WORSE.
After realising that ‘Gary’s Girl’ was utter garbage, he changed it to ‘Randy’s Girl’.
“I’d actually started writing ‘Randy is a friend,’” he said.
“…and halfway through that line I thought, ‘You know what? No.’”
Springfield then seemed to pull himself together.
So, this name Jessie popped up in my head. I loved it. I went full tilt on the writing and recording thing.”
THANK THE LAWD.