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Interview - Greg Kihn

By John Jeffrey

Greg Kihn is an 80's music icon, mostly known for his two catchy, chart-topping hits, “The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em)" in 1981 and the 1983 smash single, “Jeopardy,” which charted at #2 on the Billboard Top 100.  First signed in 1973 to the now legendary record label, Beserkley Records, Greg was the focal point of a roster at that time, which included Jonathan Richman, Earthquake and The Rubinoos - artists who all performed and recorded melodic pop music with a strong 60's pop sensibility.  In 1976, after his debut on the compilation 'Beserkley Chartbusters,' he recorded his first album with his own ensemble - The Greg Kihn Band - comprising Robbie Dunbar (guitar), Steve Wright (bass), and Larry Lynch (drums).
 
Throughout the 1970s, Kihn released an album each year and built a strong cult following through constant touring, becoming Beserkley's biggest seller.   Kihn scored his biggest hit with "Jeopardy" (1983), from the 'Kihnspiracy' album.  Greg’s groundbreaking video for “Jeopardy” became one of the first concept videos and was played extensively on MTV during the early days of the then fledging video channel.  The Greg Kihn Band also spent much of the 80's touring with the likes of Journey, The Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead, and also appearing on popular TV shows including Solid Gold, American Bandstand and Saturday Night Live.
 
Kihn also carved out a very successful 16 year career as a top rated DJ on KFOX in San Jose, California, rising from a late night host, to becoming one of the top-rated morning jocks in his area - the nation’s fourth largest market - before leaving the station in 2012.
 
Just releasing his first album of all new material in 21 years, entitled 'ReKihndled,' Kihn is now doing some touring, featuring his son, Ry Kihn, on lead guitar.  The Greg Kihn Band will be performing in the WNY area when they perform a free show at the Canal Side Concert Series on July 29th.
 
Rock Music Star recently had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with Greg Kihn, discussing his latest CD release, having his son performing by his side onstage, and reflecting back on his 40+ year music career.

For full interview, click here.

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