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Venus in Overdrive

Rick SpringfieldAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)

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For all of his accomplishments as an actor, best-selling author and documentary subject, Rick Springfield has always insisted his first love is music, a passion he’s harbored since first picking up the guitar at the age of 12 in his native Australia.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 29, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: July 29, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New Door Records
  • ASIN: B000V2KQPQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,573 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

Venus in Overdrive was recorded in a record 32 days by Springfield and Matt Bissonette, Springfield's long time bass player. According to Rick, "it is an album about love in all its forms, and since Venus is the goddess of love, it's called Venus in Overdrive. There is a lot of personal stuff in these songs but we have tried to craft them so they still have a universal voice. We are older, yet still teenagers, we have lost people we love and still love the people who are on our journey with us, we are angry at some of the crap in the world yet love our human failings."

The first single from Venus in Overdrive is "What's Victoria's Secret?" Rick says the title of the song "is one of those titles that was waiting to be written and we just got there first. Matt came up with it and we wrote the song while we were doing 5 nights of shows in Milwaukee. I had some recording gear brought into my hotel room and we wrote it there at the haunted Pfister hotel, room 804. It's basically about the sexualization of women and how we as males, want that, but also resist it and mainly need to connect to women as human beings. It's a dichotomy that most men feel I think."

Two songs on the record, "Saint Sahara" and "Oblivious," pay tribute to Sahara Aldridge, a young girl who frequently attended Rick's shows and whom the entire band came to love and who recently passed away. Rick explains that "Saint Sahara" "is about who Sahara was and how hard it was to have her leave. It's also a celebration and recognition of the people she affected in this world. Her mom said (before she died) that if I were to write a song about her daughter, could I make it a celebration and not something maudlin, so it's basically a song celebrating her great sprit. `Oblivious,' is the soul side of the song, `Saint Sahara,' what we all felt and how we dealt with it. It is sometimes so good to be numb to pain but life can't go on if you stay numb all the time. The song itself is about the denial of the finality of death, but it's still a love song."

As part of the promotional plan for the new album, Rick will be returning to "General Hospital" in July as Dr. Noah Drake and his alter ego rocker Eli Love. The storyline will reunite him with the characters of Robin, Patrick and Anna as well as allow him to perform the single, "What's Victoria's Secret?"

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About the Artist

Rick Springfield has withstood the test of time far better than most critics would ever have imagined writing and performing some of the best-crafted power pop of the past 30 years. Rick has sold over 19 million records while charting a whopping 18 Top 40 hits to date. Rick's most recent release, a concert DVD, Live in Rockford was released in October 2006. Filmed live as part of the HDNet Concert Series at the historic Coronado Theatre in Rockford, IL, Rick showcases his talent and everlasting energy in this special release DVD. Rick's most recent album release The Day After Yesterday, was released in July of 2005, on his own label, Gomer/DKE Records. December of 2005 brought about Rick's long anticipated return to ABC's daytime hit show, "General Hospital," in the role he originated nearly 25 years ago-- Dr. Noah Drake. Having performed for millions of fans over the last three decades, and showing no signs of slowing down, Rick continues to play 100 shows a year, sharing his love of performing, unstoppable energy and his unique brand of crowd interaction with thousands of fans each night. Rick literally wades deep into the crowd at each show.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!!! July 29, 2008
By Rick
Format:Audio CD
Can't say enough great things about VIO!
This is probably his best work since "Rock Of Life" as the writing is top notch, the songs have a great edge and Rick's voice sounds great for his age.
Although "What's Victoria's Secret" is a terrific single, my personal favorites are "Time Stand Still" (it ROCKS!) as well as "3 Warning Shots" (I hope John Lennon's killer, Mark Chapman, hears this song since it's all about him)and the two songs for Rick's fan who passed away ("I'll Miss That Someday" and "Saint Sahara"). Like my personal favorite Rick Springfield song "My Father's Chair", Rick can certainly take emotional experiences and touch others thorugh his music.
When you listen to the album as a whole, it is extremely cohesive and just a brilliant and contemporary work from someone who's been in the business as long as Rick.
I'm not the typical Rick Sprinfield fan (I'm a guy after all.. hahaha). But I can tell you that anyone who likes good music should check this out. You won't be dissapointed!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars VENUS Is A Thing Of Beauty! September 18, 2008
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To be honest, I wasn't quite sure where Rick Springfield would go next, as far as his musical career was concerned. After the aching darkness of 2004's SHOCK/DENIAL/ANGER/ACCEPTANCE and the unfulfilled promise of 2005's covers album, THE DAY AFTER YESTERDAY, I think it was anyone's guess. That's why VENUS IN OVERDRIVE, Springfield's strongest album in over two decades, is such a pleasant surprise. A lot has been said about how much the opening track, the high energy "What's Victoria's Secret?", sounds like "Jessie's Girl", and it's true, it does. But after repeated listens, the cut really does stand on it's own two feet. Strong vocals, punchy instrumentation and smart lyrics about the push and pull between the sexes all come together to form a strong opening track. Those strengths all continue with "I'll Miss That Someday." Springfield's vocals alternate between a purr and a scream, while the arrangement is whip-smart. Add lyrics that consist of both clever wordplay and sheer poetry ("One season, one reason/Screaming I won't say the words/Bite my tongue/Cause nothing lasts forever") and you have a gutsy song about the ins and outs of a relationship. The disc's title track is another winner. Picture Hall & Oates meets Pink meets 311.....and it works! This is probably as close to headbangin' as Springfield will ever get, but it's legit and it's fun. Toss in some quirky guitar riffs, some great backing vocals and honest lyrics ("I write words about it/But I doubt it"), and you have an abnormal, edgy love song that nevertheless works. "One Passenger" is one of only two tracks off of VENUS IN OVERDRIVE that just doesn't do anything for me. In this case, it's not that it's a bad's just that everything else on the disc is so much stronger. Read more ›
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. July 29, 2008
By CD Dude
Format:Audio CD
i really didnt know what to expect, but WOW--this is incredible. I can't remember the last album i heard with this much melody and tight, pop hooks.
I love it, and you will too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rick's best album in decades! July 29, 2008
By ms0726
Format:Audio CD
Since I absolutely LOVE What's Victoria's Secret (just a brilliant song --I can't get it out of my head) I pre-ordered the CD. I kept checking the mailbox every half hour and then it arrived! I "liked" the rest of the album my very first play through and couldn't keep my head from bopping to the music. By the second play through I was "IN LOVE" with the WHOLE album and was out of my chair dancing to some of the other infectious songs: One Passenger, Time Stands Still and Mr. PC (note that they are very "current" in sound). If you are a Beatles fan, you'll love "She" and "Nothing is Ever Lost". Every song on this album is great. I haven't played his albums all the way through since the first two, and I'm on round five on this one in just the first day. A MUST BUY even for the casual Rick fan - its awesome music! PS Download "Who Killed Rock and Roll" - his single from 2007 - it's also amazing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, Two Thumbs Way UP!!!! July 30, 2008
By dlt
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I have to say Rick has most certainly out done himself with this CD. It covers such a broad range and has a very diverse sound, something for everyone. I absolutely LOVE Victoria's will be listening to this song a few times before you go on to the next has that Jesse's Girl sound and takes me back. I'll Miss That Someday is a song i can relate too. Venus In Overdrive and Mr PC have a sound that will have you hitting the repeat button on the CD player. There are so many good songs on here and of course can't forget the love song She...very touching.
If you are a fan this CD is a must!!!!!!!!! You will listen over and over again. I have and just got it less then 24 hours ago.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly his best album ever. January 21, 2010
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My wife took me to a Rick Springfield show and I was not expecting to like it, but he and his band put on a fantastically fun and energetic show. They played several songs from the new album and I was immediately taken with "I'll Miss That Someday." The title track is one of the highlights here, as well. This is not a half-hearted attempt at a "comeback" album. This is songcraft at work. You can tell from listening that a lot of effort went into this album. I would say that if you add up all the great songs here and compare all the great songs on any of his other albums, you end up with more great songs on this collection. Recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Long Time
It's taken me a while to re find Rick Springfield. He dropped of the face of the Australian map after Rock of Life. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lyn J
5.0 out of 5 stars Sing it!
I listen to this all the time and use it for my long distance walk training - really motivates me.
Published 6 months ago by Content Consumer
5.0 out of 5 stars I am a huge Rick Springfield fan.
I have been a fan and friend of Rick's since 1973 and i have all of his albums and CDs. I'm now a caregiver for my parents who is not working very much so I didn't get this when it... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gail M. Plaskiewicz
Rick's music has always caught my ear and had my Payless shoes dancing back in the early 1980's! Yep, Rick Springfield was my Jr. Read more
Published 10 months ago by cornbreadthedog
5.0 out of 5 stars R.S. is the man!
I missed this CD when it was first released, so I was pleasantly surprised that it existed. I wish it wouldn't have taken me so long to figure it out, but it was definitely worth... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Brooke Rudersdorf
5.0 out of 5 stars Venus overdrive living in Oz
Hello Rick another beautiful music and I enjoyed your music as I have told you before it comes from your heart.... Read more
Published on October 17, 2012 by Prague Castle
5.0 out of 5 stars Venus in Overdrive
I was raising my children in the 80's and didn't listen to a lot of music but of course remember Jesse's girl and Don't talk to Strangers. Read more
Published on May 10, 2012 by diana_bruce
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute 5 star record!
Best since Rock Of Life, and maybe even better than Rock and Tao...Up to your opinion. But this is everything that made Rick a hit. Read more
Published on May 24, 2011 by John H. Nixon
5.0 out of 5 stars My Review
I have loved Rick Springfield ever since I first saw him as Dr. Noah Drake on the daytime hit drama General Hospital. Read more
Published on May 17, 2011 by Tina-Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this CD! Fun, catchy, high energy - what rock-n-roll radio is...
I found this cd after seeing Rick interviewed by William Shatner (Raw Nerve), and just couldn't believe how good it is. 'What's Victoria's Secret?' and 'Mr. Read more
Published on April 21, 2011 by G. Gross
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venus in Overdrive
I agree 100%! You can't deny there is lots of interest in this CD and I am certain no one will be disappointed by what Rick has in store for us!
Jun 18, 2008 by kal |  See all 19 posts
What's Victoria's Secret?
It's awesome! I've listened to it over and over all day!
Jul 2, 2008 by C. Kirkendall |  See all 12 posts
What is this crap??!!
Wow, I was coming in here with guns blazing! LOL - Lucky you ;-)

It's great!!
Aug 5, 2008 by CapriSun |  See all 4 posts
Good morning America
He's not lip syncing the song. The other band members sing as well, and to allow for the timing of the choruses, one or more of them are ghosting some of what would be the main melody.
Jul 29, 2008 by dmcknight |  See all 8 posts
European Tour
I think that's a splendid idea. The folks in the rest of the world are long overdue for the fantabulousness that are Rick Springfield concerts. I've gone to 4 shows since 2003, and they were simply unforgettable!

Yep, I'd say it's time for us here in N. America to share the wealth...definitely.
Jul 14, 2008 by Sabrina M. Messenger |  See all 3 posts
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