Working Class Dog

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Working Class Dog
Studio album by Rick Springfield
Released February 24, 1981
Recorded 1980-1981,
Sound City, Van Nuys, California
Genre Hard rock, power pop
Label RCA
Producer Rick Springfield, Bill Drescher and Keith Olsen
Rick Springfield chronology
Wait for Night
(1976)
Working Class Dog
(1981)
Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet
(1982)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Working Class Dog is an album by Rick Springfield, released by RCA in 1981. The album was certified Platinum and eventually sold over three million US copies. It produced Springfield's biggest career hit with the #1 million-selling smash, "Jessie's Girl". Springfield was awarded the 1982 Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male.

The album was re-released on CD in 2006 as a "25th anniversary edition" with three bonus tracks.

"Love Is Alright Tonite" was used to comedic effect in the film Wet Hot American Summer.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Rick Springfield, except "I've Done Everything for You" by Sammy Hagar

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Love Is Alright Tonite"   3:28
2. "Jessie's Girl"   3:14
3. "Hole in My Heart"   3:12
4. "Carry Me Away"   3:01
5. "I've Done Everything for You"   3:17
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "The Light of Love"   2:43
7. "Everybody's Girl"   2:59
8. "Daddy's Pearl"   2:37
9. "Red Hot & Blue Love"   2:57
10. "Inside Silvia"   4:43
25th Anniversary Edition
No. Title Length
11. "Easy to Cry"   3:33
12. "Taxi Dancing" (Later rerecorded as a duet with Randy Crawford for the Hard to Hold soundtrack) 3:35
13. "Jessie's Girl" (Demo Version) 3:11

Album cover[edit]

The album cover features a picture of a Bull Terrier/Great Dane mix dog dressed in a white shirt with a black tie. The dog was Rick's pet named Ronnie, who died in 1994.[2] The album cover (credited to Mike Doud) was nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Album Package" in 1981.[3] The 2011 Jonathan Coulton song "Je Suis Rick Springfield" makes reference to the album cover.

Chart position[edit]

Year Chart Position
1981 U.S. Billboard 200 7

Singles[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Credits[edit]

  • Produced by Rick Springfield, Bill Drescher and Keith Olsen
  • Engineered by Bill Drescher, Chris Minto and Doug Pakes at Sound City
  • Mastered by Greg Fulginiti at Artisan Sound Recorders

References[edit]