This is the music video where Rick Springfield sets a landline phone on fire. That’s one way to keep your girl from talking to strangers. Even though the video suggests that Springfield is saying that you shouldn’t talk to strangers because you never know who they could actually be and you might be putting yourself in dangers, Springfield has admitted that the song’s message was less altruistic. Instead, it was a message to his girlfriend (and later wife), telling her not to talk to strangers while he was away because he was worried that she would end up cheating on him.
As Springfield explained to Variety, “Back then, I was scared that she was screwing around because I was doing the same thing.” Jesse’s girl could probably tell you something about that.
This video was directed by Paul Justman, who also did videos for The Cars and the J. Geils Band.