Tuesday, January 25, 2011

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-The Greg Kihn Band

Artist:The Greg Kihn Band
Album:Kihnsolidation: The Best Of Greg Kihn

The 1983 top five hit Jeopardy was the biggest hit for The Greg Kihn Band. It still holds up well because Kihn was a pretty good pop songwriter. He was also the biggest seller on the legendary 70s label Beserkley though labelmate Jonathan Richman is more highly regarded. He was born July 10, 1949 in Baltimore. He started out as a singer songwriter but veered more toward 60s influenced rock when he moved to San Francisco in 1974. He signed with Beserkley in 1975 and released an album per year for the first few years. Other band members were Ronnie Dunbar on guitar, Steve Wright on bass and Larry Lynch on drums. Dunbar was replaced by Gary Phillips from the band Copperhead in 1981. Kihn and Wright wrote most of the songs. Kihn already had built a strong following through touring. But he finally hit the charts when The Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'Em) broke the top twenty in 1981. Jeopardy reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1983. The video was pretty funny when a wedding turns into a zombie movie. You may also recall that Weird Al Yankovic did a game show themed parody I Lost On Jeopardy. Kihn appeared in the video. Lucky hit the top 30 in 1985 and then Beserkley closed. Kihn was the only artist that was doing anything for them. Greg Kihn still records for small labels and tours. Steve Wright still tours with the band but can't play bass as he suffered a stroke in 2003. Kihn's son Ry Kihn plays lead guitar. Gary Phillips died in 2007. This Rhino comp is recommended to those who enjoy solid pop songs. Here's the video for Jeopardy by The Greg Kihn Band.

Greg Kihn Band - Jeopardy
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