“Jessie’s Girl 2” was released as a standalone single on August 21, 2020 by Coheed and Cambria featuring Rick Springfield.
The original “Jessie’s Girl,” tells the story about jealousy and the song went huge in 1981, turning Springfield into a superstar. And the song is still played today, generating a nice income stream for Springfield or for the Corporation who holds his Copyrights.
Like all hits, it felt that someone should write a sequel.
Enter Coheed And Cambria.
Coheed and Cambria have this power pop rock vibe in their music. So back in 2019, the band was jamming on a riff, when Sanchez sang the melody from “Jessie’s Girl”.
Claude Sanchez said in the press release;
“Has anyone ever written a sequel to another artist’s song?
I don’t think so.
As a fan of movies, it just seemed like a really interesting idea… It’s kind of like a “National Lampoon’s” movie meets “So I Married an Axe Murderer”.
And this also triggered an idea to do a sequel to a famous song, and a grander idea to do an album called “Sequels”. They reached out to Springfield and he was keen to be involved.
This song is from the perspective from “Jessie’s Girl” narrator and things just didn’t turn out the best for him.
While he did get the girl, he regrets it. The girl is out of her mind, has a sinister side as she stalks him and wants to kill him for leaving him, has dirty habits and he regrets burning a friendship to get her.
As I was doing my Super Deluxe pre-order for the new album, I saw the 7 inch vinyl single, so I added it to the cart.
Oh, so I changed my number
That didn’t, that didn’t, that didn’t stop her
She wouldn’t let me leave her house alive
She’s out of, she’s out of, she’s out of her mind
Press play and let the stalker rock ya.