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
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. "I've Done Everything for You"
    Released: February 1981
  2. "Jessie's Girl"
    Released: March 1981
  3. "Love is Alright Tonite"
    Released: November 1981
Professional ratings
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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 the United States 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.



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




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