Rick Springfield Giving Fans Songs for the End of the World
The album will feature bonus digital content accessible through a specialized app, fan vocals included on album and in special 30-minute audio collection. We were sent these details:
Collaborating on songs like the three-chord rocker "I Hate Myself," the anthemic "Our Ship's Sinking," "Love Screws Me Up" and "Depravity" with his bass player Matt Bissonette, Springfield sets his sights on the possibilities of escaping the current, apocalyptic world situation in our closest relationships. In doing so, he employs the kind of self-effacement and ability to poke fun at himself as he demonstrated when putting his dog Lethal Ron on the cover of Working Class Dog or spoofing his image by playing a sleazy, drug-and-sex-crazed version of himself on Showtime's dark comedy Californication. John Waite and Mr. Mister's Richard Page appear as backup vocalists, along with Rick's original guitarist, Tim Pierce, who hasn't played on record with him since 1999's Karma.
"There's real feeling in it, but you can't write about that stuff too seriously," he says of his sometimes tongue-in-cheek approach to serious subjects. "In the end, it's about the world in flames, but from a personalized viewpoint. I take what's happening to me and place it in a universal context. It's what I've always tried to do with my songwriting."
The album will also include special bonus, digital, cloud-based material that can be accessed by scanning a picture inside the album's booklet via a special app developed by Aurasma, including videos, photos and additional bonus tracks. Befitting the performer's special relationship with his audience, Springfield enlisted fans to submit videos of themselves singing along to a YouTube recording of "I Hate Myself." Springfield then used these fan's actual voices on the album as well as an extended bonus version of "I Hate Myself" and has included their names in the credits. A 30-minute audio collection of the individual entries will be part of the extra features offered for all physical versions of the album. There also will be four separate album covers containing unique bonus content available through various individual retailers.