December 1, 2005, - 11:55 am

Bad Re-Make Alert: NYTimes Says Rick Springfield on TV is News

By Debbie Schlussel
On this site, we’ve commented on the rising number of re-makes, sequels, repeats, re-dos . . . . You get it. They’re almost all BAD. And the death of original ideas always signals the death of a great, free society.
The latest re-make/sequel is no exception: ’80s pop singer Rick Springfield’s return to the ABC Soap Opera, “General Hospital,” only now his character is a messed-up alcoholic. Incredibly, The New York Times thinks THIS is major news. Huh?
What it really is, is a has-been pop singer (then a hot age 32, now a sagging, sunken-eyed age 56) returning to a has-been show on a has-been medium–all three of which are desperate to bring back yesterday.

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Yes, I was one of those teen-age girls all gaga over Springfield. Went to his concerts, bought his posters. (In 1998, I interviewed him for an article I wrote on him in The Detroit News, and he’s a pretty nice guy in person.) But gaga no more.
His fans from yesterday are working during the soap opera day, today. Or online, listening to an I-Pod, or watching cable. Soap opera and network TV watching has dwindled, thankfully. Plus, they’re bringing back a character that was a heroic neurosurgeon as a washed-up alcoholic. That’s not entertaining. It’s just sad.
Sometimes, yesterday was meant to stay there. Some things just shouldn’t be repeated.
Like we said, the death of new ideas and creativity is always a sign of the death of capitalism and freedom.
Rick Springfield Trivia: His hit, “I’ve Done Everything for You,” was actually written by former Van Halen lead singer Sammy Hagar.

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6 Responses

THIS will come as a surprise to a lot of your readers…but i found a Rick Springfield CD @ the dollar store a few years ago and he’s STILL an awesome musician!!!
His album with “Speak to the Sky” was one of the best albums ever made by a pop artist…on par with Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” [and say what you want about MJ…THAT record was as much a part of everyone’s record collection as *Frampton Comes Alive* was.]
The fact that you’re covering Rick here means he’s still somewhat relevant, and who are we to begrudge a man from making a buck???
I also remember all the girls were once gaga over David Cassidy’s little brother, and now Shaun has one of the best shows on television. With all the crap going on in the world, a little fluff piece is a nice change of pace every now and zen:)

EminemsRevenge on December 1, 2005 at 1:21 pm

Debbie, I heard that “I’ve Done Everything for You” was really written by Rick’s agent, Artie Fufkin. And what does a Semitic brother have to do to get a date with you?

shleppy on December 1, 2005 at 6:45 pm

I don’t think new, fresh and original ideas are dead in this society. Just HEAVILY supressed! Do you know how hard it is to get noticed by A&R people and get signed by a record label unless you sound like all the other low-brow crap that’s on the radio? Do you have any idea how difficult it is to sell a script to a television or motion picture producer? Unless it’s man-hating, caucasion-hating, anti-Republican propaganda, it seems like it is Especially difficult to get out there.
I hate the term “indie” for it characterizes the HARD left music and films made by and for college students at campuses like Berkerley. However, it seems like indeed independant films and music is the last place where you can find fresh and new creativity and talent. It can no longer be found on the major networks or the major record labels, and certainlly NOT the radio.
I’ve met two Republicans, Jason Apuzzo and Govindini Murty, Co-Directors of the Liberty Film Festival, who’ve appeared in NewsMax (and I think even Fox News) a few times. And they promote conservative, independant filmmakers. You may have heard about Larry Elder’s documentary or Ron Silver’s new documentary “Broken Promises: The United Nations at 60″ that were showcased at their festivals.
Hope is Not lost for the music and motion picture world in this country, it’s just gone underground. Deep underground.

Dairenn on December 1, 2005 at 9:12 pm

Wow, I really needed that. 5 minutes of uncontrollable laughter when I read a conservative complaining that there isn’t enough independent thought in mainstream media, things must be REALLY bad then. But I do agree, free thinkers aren’t a hot commodity in the media, but then again they never have.

nicholasedward on December 6, 2005 at 9:07 pm

The death of capitalism and freedom lies in Rick Springfield? Good grief.
If anything the fact that Rick is STILL out there after 30 years (his first hit was in 1972) making and selling records some of the limited editions selling for as much as $89, having packed out sold out concerts nationwide for millions of fans, gets anywhere from $250 to $1000 a pop for meet and greet packages,and still has women fighting over his even though he is a 56 year old happily married man with two grown children is PROOF positive that free enterprise, capitalism and freedom still works in our country!
Rick is the embodiement of the old time American dream. He comes here from Australia in 1972, goes from rags to riches to rags back to riches…no one gave him anything. That man pulled himself up by his bootstraps! If ever there was a modern day Horatio Alger story here,it’s him…and if you kept your mind open long enough, you’d see that!
Debbie, no one gets their arms twisted to like Rick Springfield, to buy his music, to attend the meet and greets, or to go to his concert. We, the loyal fans of 20, even 30 years standing who still like his music, and support our favorite star do it of our own volition…
and the last time I looked, the New York Times didn’t waste time on “has beens.” So obviously he still has the goods, right?

annn_a_nomaly on February 8, 2006 at 10:38 pm

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