Working Class Dog

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Working Class Dog
Working class dog.jpg
Studio album by
Released14 February 1981 (1981-02-14)
StudioSound City, Van Nuys, California
GenrePop rock
LabelRCA Records
ProducerRick Springfield, Bill Drescher, Keith Olsen
Rick Springfield chronology
Wait for Night
Working Class Dog
Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet
Singles from Working Class Dog
  1. "Love is Alright Tonite"
    Released: 1981
  2. "Jessie's Girl"
    Released: February 1981
  3. "I've Done Everything for You"
    Released: August 1981
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Working Class Dog is the fourth studio album by Australian rock musician Rick Springfield, released by RCA Records in 1981. The album was certified Platinum in America and eventually sold over three million US copies. It produced Springfield's biggest career hit with the #1 million-selling song, "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 tracks written by Rick Springfield except as indicated.

Side one
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"Sammy Hagar3:17
Side two
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
11."Easy to Cry" (Previously unreleased)3:33
12."Taxi Dancing" (Original version, previously unreleased [2])3:35
13."Jessie's Girl" (Demo Version)3:11

Album cover[edit]

The album cover features a picture of a Bull Terrier[3] dog dressed in a white shirt with a black tie.[4] The dog was Rick's pet named Ronnie, who died in 1994.[5] The album cover (credited to Mike Doud) was nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Album Package" in 1981.[6] The 2011 Jonathan Coulton song "Je Suis Rick Springfield" makes reference to the album cover. The dog was also used in the cover art of Springfield's next album Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet.


Chart (1981) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[7] 33
Canada (Canadian Albums Chart) 33
United States (Billboard 200) 7
Year End Chart (1982) Position
U.S. Billboard 200 31


Title Peak chart positions
"Jessie's Girl" 1 6 43 1 10
"I've Done Everything for You" 31 40 19 8
"Love Is Alright Tonite" - 26 20 40




  1. ^ "Working Class Dog - Rick Springfield - Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
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  3. ^ "Rick Springfield Reaffirms His Dog Obsession And Wins Fans' Hearts With Adorable Photo Evidence – AngusPost". Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  4. ^ Simmons, Charlety (August 25, 1981). "Springfield brought dream from Down Under". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-12-30. Retrieved 2007-04-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "The Envelope: Hollywood's Awards and Industry Insider - Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  7. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 289. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  8. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book Ltd. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. Note: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1974 until Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) created their own charts in mid-1988. In 1992, Kent back calculated chart positions for 1970–1974.
  9. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 521–522. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  10. ^ "Rick Springfield > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
  11. ^ "Rick Springfield Album & Song Chart History". Billboard Hot 100. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 29 July 2011.