My first big interview as a music writer for the Observer was with Rick Springfield in 1999.
I asked the '80s pop-rocker if he'd ever check back into ABC's “General Hospital,” where his Dr. Noah Drake set hearts aflutter from 1981 to 1983.
At the time, he had no plans to, but he returned to the daytime soap in 2005. (Drake is now a damaged, recovering-alcoholic father to one of the soap's most popular leading men.)
For years, I wanted to be a soap writer. So interviewing a “GH” alum was a big deal. What's more is the vast number of great '80s hits that Springfield recorded.
When my husband argued a little while back that Springfield's repertoire didn't extend far beyond his 1981 No. 1 single “Jessie's Girl,” I turned to my iPod for support. He couldn't deny the familiar strains of “Affair of the Heart,” “Love Somebody,” “I've Done Everything for You,” “Don't Talk to Strangers” and “Human Touch,” which were all Top 20 singles.
Springfield's latest single – “What's Victoria's Secret?” – draws on the old formula that worked so well for him, with its power chords and soaring chorus. Obviously, at age 59, he's figured out what works. And luckily, that includes an ongoing stint at Port Charles General Hospital.