My roomie James didn’t care much at all for Rick Springfield. The main complaint was that his songs all sounded rather alike; I’m recalling the phrase “nth variation of standard chords,” for different values of n, being bandied about when one of RS’s tunes came up for discussion. As for me, I found the lyrics occasionally clever and thought he had a number of decent melodies. James’s point is not without merit, however.
If you count only his 80s singles, the case where n = 8 is in the countdown this week, at its peak of #18. I’d never paid attention to the year in which this vid is supposedly taking place until now. The possibility of nuclear apocalypse was certainly on folks’ minds at the time–The Day After was a little over two months away from being broadcast.