The other day I was watching Keeping the faith, one of my all time favorite romantic comedies that if you haven´t seen yet you should, and was enjoying a rather funny bit which sets up something like a bad joke that is made even better because it involves karaoke.
Basically the two main characters, a priest and a rabbi, are shopping around for the perfect karaoke machine for their soon to be opened open minded hang out, and in an attempt to sell the Audio 2000, their salesclerk, who is laying on a very thick asian accent, is also laying on them a generally entertaining rendition of Jessie´s girl. It´s more or less my favorite scene in the entire movie for a variety of reasons, one of them being that Jessie´s girl happens to be a killer 80´s song and one of the most fun karaokes, or songs in general, to hear in a bar.
Jessie´s Girl is the song about unrequited love that goes against all man law that made Rick Springfield the one hit wonder that he is. It´s release in 1981 was followed by a two week stint at the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100, and the video for Jessie´s girl has the unique honor of having been the first number one single when MTV launched on August 1st of that year.
The grammy winning song was originally written by Springfield after his experience oggling his buddy Gary´s girl in art class, though the name Gary just didn´t have the right ring, so after spotting the name Jessie on the back of a baseball jersey, Springfield changed the lyrics to the all familiar chorus we love to sing along to now. And while Jessie´s girl may have been named as one of the top karaoke picks by Rolling Stone in 2007, there have been surprisingly few covers of the anthem for guys in love with their best friends girl.
So this week I challenge the users of Red karaoke to sing like your in love with your best friends girlfriend and you´re confessing it all. Have a little fun with Jessie´s girl, post your rendition in the forum, and maybe you could end up in next week´s newsletter.