Who'd like a honeymoon with Rick Springfield?
There wasn't a girl who grew up in the '80s who didn't have a mad crush on Rick Springfield. When the hits stopped coming at the end of the decade, would our love continue or would the romance end on the Honeymoon in Beirut?
Rick Springfield was beloved by all in the '80s as the girls swooned and the guys rocked out to the Australian who after some brief chart success in the '70s before he became a heartthrob on General Hospital. Of Springfield's seventeen Top 40 hits, sixteen were in the '80s with Jesse's Girl hitting number one in 1981 and cementing itself as one of the most iconic songs of the decade. Despite his immense chart success and experience in front of the camera, I must confess that most of Springfield's videos leave much to be desired. In 1988, Springfield hit the Top 40 one last time with Rock of Life. The follow up single was Honeymoon in Beirut and perhaps because of its odd title, it was the first Springfield single to fail to hit the Top 100 breaking a string of 17 consecutive charting appearances. Furthermore, "Dr. Noah Drake" never hit the Top 100 again.
The video for Honeymoon in Beirut is actually one of Springfield's better conceived videos with a long-haired Springfield trying to work out his relationship. The video and the lyrics to Honeymoon In Beirut are dark and chronicle a time in Springfield's life where he battled depression that was covered in his autobiography Late, Late At Night and on the Stuck the '80s Podcast Episode 216.
Springfield keeps busy in both acting and music with a new album entitled Rocket Science to be released next week (Feb. 19) and has appeared recently in the movie Ricki and the Flash and the unwatchable True Detective Season 2.