Don't Talk To Strangers

Album: Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet (1982)
Charted: 2
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Songfacts®:

  • In our interview with Rick Springfield, when we asked Rick if there were any dark undercurrents in his songs, he told us: "The song 'Don't Talk To Strangers' was my girlfriend who became my wife. I was screwing around on the road, and I was worried that she was doing the same thing while I was away. So it was my paranoia to her: I'm getting laid, but don't you go do the same thing, because it'll really upset me." (Check out the full Rick Springfield interview)
  • On VH1's Behind The Music, Springfield said that he wrote this song at a time when he was in New York taping General Hospital episodes and doing concerts on the weekends.
  • This song is something of a crowd pleaser at Springfield's concerts, where he uses it to maximize audience participation. He asks everyone from security guards to little kids to sing the chorus, "Don't Talk To Strangers." >>
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    Sabrina - Corvallis, OR, for above 2
  • The phrase "Don't talk to strangers" is something children in America are told to keep them out of trouble.

Comments: 7

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn this day in 1982 {May 16th} "Don't Talk To Strangers" by Rick Springfield peaked at #2 {for 4 weeks} on Billboard's Hot Top 100* chart, for the four weeks it was at #2, the #1 record for those four weeks was "Ebony and Ivory" by Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder...
    "Don't Talk To Strangers" reached #3 on the Canadian RPM Singles chart...
    Between 1971 and 1988 the South Wentworthville, Australia native had twenty one records on the Top 100 chart, five made the Top 10 with one reaching #1, "Jessie's Girl", for two weeks in July of 1981...
    Beside "Don't Talk To Strangers" and Jessie's Girl", his three other Top 10 records were "I've Done Everything For You" {#8 in 1981}, "Affair of The Heart" {#9 in 1983}, and "Love Spmebody" {#5 in 1984}...
    One of twenty one charted records was a duet with Randy Crawford, "Taxi Dancing", it reached #59 in 1984...
    Rick Springfield, born Richard Lewis Springthorpe, will celebrate his 71st birthday in three months on August 23rd, 2020...
    * And from the 'For What It's Worth' department, the remainder of the Billboard's Top 10 on May 16th, 1982:
    At #3. "I've Never Been To Me" by Charlene
    #4. "867-5309/Jenny" by Tommy Tutone
    #5. "The Other Woman" by Ray Parker, Jr.
    #6. "’65 Love Affair" by Paul Davis
    #7. "Chariots of Fire - Titles" by Vangelis
    #8. "Don't You Want Me" by The Human League
    #9. "Did It In A Minute" by Daryl Hall and John Oates
    #10. "Get Down On It" by Kool and the Gang
  • Darren from Atlanta, Ga Wrote it about his girlfriend (later wife) messen around, when he was in no way better.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 28th 1982, "Don't Talk To Strangers" by Rick Springfield entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #57; and on May 16th it peaked at #2 (for 4 weeks) and spent 21 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 10 of those 21 weeks it was on the Top 10)...
    It reached #3 on the Canadian RPM Top Singles chart...
    Entered the Top 10 at #8 and then slowly worked its way to #2; the next two weeks it was #6, then spent two weeks at #5, moved to #4, next stop #3, and then finally four weeks at #2 (the following week it fell from #2 down to #14)...
    In six months Mr. Springfield, born Richard Lewis Springthorpe, will become eligible for Medicare, for on August 23rd he will celebrate his 65th birthday.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyI was sure that The Beau Brummels had released this song in 1965, I'm I mistaken???? {Any help!!!
  • Sabrina from Corvallis, OrLisa, this song has EVERYTHING to do with his present wife! Springfield himself has said this on more than one occasion in a variety of interviews over the past 25 or so years! It's clear to me you don't know the slightest thing about Rick's music or career :(
  • Paul from Oceanside, NyDon't Talk To Strangers spent 4 straight weeks at #2 on the U.S. chart behind "Ebony And Ivory".
  • Lisa from Ny, NyAbout the song "don't talk to strangers". This song was about Rick dating (at that time) the actress Linda Blair. She was going to school and in another town and Rick was jelous. Nothing to do with his present wife
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