Working Class Dog

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Working Class Dog
Working class dog.jpg
Studio album by Rick Springfield
Released February 24, 1981
Recorded 1980-1981,
Sound City, Van Nuys, California
Genre Rock
Length 32:11
Label RCA Records
Producer Rick Springfield, Bill Drescher and Keith Olsen
Rick Springfield chronology
Wait for Night
(1976)Wait for Night1976
Working Class Dog
Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet
(1982)Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet1982
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
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Working Class Dog is the fifth 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 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]

Track 5 written by Sammy Hagar; all other tracks written by Rick Springfield

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[2] dog dressed in a white shirt with a black tie.[3] The dog was Rick's pet named Ronnie, who died in 1994.[4] The album cover (credited to Mike Doud) was nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Album Package" in 1981.[5] The 2011 Jonathan Coulton song "Je Suis Rick Springfield" makes reference to the album cover. The dog was also used in the subsequent album's cover art.

Chart position[edit]

Year Chart Position
1981 U.S. Billboard 200 7


  • "Jessie's Girl" – #1 on Billboard Hot 100 (Aug 1981)[6]
  • "I've Done Everything for You" – #8 on Billboard Hot 100 (Nov 1981)[6]
  • "Love Is Alright Tonight" – #20 on Billboard Hot 100 (Feb 1982)[6]



  • 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


  1. ^ "Working Class Dog - Rick Springfield - Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 January 2018. 
  2. ^ "Rick Springfield Reaffirms His Dog Obsession And Wins Fans' Hearts With Adorable Photo Evidence – AngusPost". Retrieved 4 January 2018. 
  3. ^ Simmons, Charlety (August 25, 1981). "Springfield brought dream from Down Under". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 27, 2016. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "The Envelope: Hollywood's Awards and Industry Insider - Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 4 January 2018. 
  6. ^ a b c "Rick Springfield Chart History".