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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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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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  1. What's Victoria's Secret? 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. I'll Miss That Someday 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Venus In Overdrive 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. One Passenger 4:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Oblivious 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. 3 Warning Shots 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Time Stand Still 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. God Blinked (Swing It Sister) 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
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10. She 4:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
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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 (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,961 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rick on July 29, 2008
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 By Jef Fazekas on 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 By CD Dude on July 29, 2008
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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 By ms0726 on July 29, 2008
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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 By Charles P. Thim on September 24, 2008
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I've been a Springfield fan since 81' after picking up "Working Class Dog" & i've bought everything he's done ever since . With the exception of the cover album , I've never been dissappointed .

I'm amazed at the different directions he's taken over the years . His music has matured so much since the 80's . I'm sure most of his fans are female , but the guys who turn up their nose because they think he's bubblegum have no idea what they're missing .

While VIO doesn't rock all the way thru like Shock/Denial/Anger/Acceptance (my favorite RS cd) , it does flow very nicely from start to finish . All in all I'd say it's a very balanced collection of songs . The sound is very lush & full . This cd just crackles with energy . Springfield's music is so fresh , unbelievable for a guy in his late 50's who's been around for so long . I've seen him live several times . Most recently this past spring & he just keeps getting better with age .

Today's artists could learn a lot from this guy . There's nothing bland or boring about Rick's music in the least . He has everything todays musicians lack . Energy , soul , passion , feeling , intelligence & talent . No he's not the strongest singer of his generation , but he makes good use of the range he has , & talk about an underrated guitarist & writer . Please !

I've heard this disc is getting some recognition on the charts . It probably won't get as much as it deserves , but it's encouraging all the same .

It's hard to choose a favorite on this album , because I don't consider any of it filler . If I was forced to pick one , it would have to be the title cut . It's just so in your face & aggresive . There isn't one cut on this disc that I skip over when I listen to it , & I listen to it a lot .
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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.
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