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Did I think the chapter was too sweet and want to add a little edge? I'm not sure. I know I imagined a punk band toying with 80's pop music, making it their own by disembowling the soft, mushy lyrics. I pondered how it would sound. Would the lyrics be a parody? Could Jessie still be a guy? It's an androgynous name, so who's to say.
For sound, I was thinking of Limp Bizkit's cover of George Michael's "Faith." I love the screaming, raging rendition of that poppy tune. It amazes me how songs can be altered by a different presentation. Chris Cornell's version of Billy Jean is sad--and was a real shocker because I never cared for the original. It sounded petty and self-serving--a guy ducking his responsibility. But Cornell slowed it down, dragged it out and I heard it for the first time.
Since none of these details appear in the chapter, any play on the title doesn't work. Furthermore, in the diner scene, Jessie's Girl plays as a fun backdrop for Whitney's meet cute with Leah's pick-me-up. Rick Springfield's anthem is straight out of a high school romantic comedy--a perfect accompaniment because the chapter is about Whitney's achingly naive approach to romance.
But the song isn't just about crushes and coveting. It's about the friendship of the singer and Jessie. This line is perfect as the role of Greek chorus:
Writing this summary has proven that Jessie's Girl was the best song for the chapter title. What can I say. The point is probably moot.
I'd love to know your thoughts on who should do a cover of this iconic 80s song. Please, fill the comments with all your thoughts.
And finally, if you want a laugh, check this out.