Coheed & Cambria + Rick Springfield Team Up for “Jessie’s Girl 2” Sequel to Classic Hit
Coheed & Cambria have teamed up with Rick Springfield for a sequel to the singer’s 1981 hit, “Jessie’s Girl,” that turns the concept of the original on its head. The Covid-19 pandemic and resulting lockdown have sure produced some innovative ideas in the music space, eh?
The initial idea dates back to last year, but it took the unique set of circumstances brought on by quarantine to bring it to reality in its current form. Explains a press release:
“The genesis of ‘Jessie’s Girl 2’ dates back to Coheed and Cambria studio sessions from 2019, when the band began riffing on an idea as Sanchez extemporaneously sang the hook from Springfield’s 1981 Billboard Hot 100 #1 smash. A germ of an idea was planted as Sanchez pondered, “what if a band created a sequel for a song that wasn’t originally theirs?” After fleshing out new lyrics and tinkering with the concept (even considering a future album of likeminded material called “Sequels”), the band revisited the idea during their time spent at home quarantining during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Sanchez pitched the idea to Springfield on IG Live. As the song started coming together, they sent it off to Springfield and upon hearing it, the legendary singer agreed to pick up where he left off almost forty years ago, and feature on the song.
A 7” vinyl release of the single will arrive on September 4 and is available for pre-order here along with some “Jessie’s Girl 2” merch.