Monday, July 13, 2015

"Jeopardy" by Greg Kihn Band

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  1326
Date:  01/29/1983
Debut:  77
Peak:  2
Weeks:  22
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  After releasing five albums that spawned zero hits, Kihn finally broke through with his single "The Breakup Song" (#15) from his sixth album "Rockihnroll." He would have a bit of trouble following up that song, but then this single from his eighth LP "Kihnspiracy" did the trick and became his biggest hit. In addition to hitting #2 at pop, the tune would reach #5 at rock radio and cross over to the dance chart where it reached #1.

ReduxReview:  I can't even begin to tell you why I didn't like this song back then. It's a mystery. But whatever it was, it caused me to ignore the tune for a long time. Years later, the song popped up on an 80s compilation and it clicked with me. It has a great groove that sounds very similar to Blondie's "Rapture," yet a little meatier with a tidge of Stevie Wonder tossed in. I'm glad I got to rediscover this gem.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  This single was boosted by a popular video that was in heavy rotation on MTV. In the video, Kihn plays a jittery groom-to-be who has a horror movie style dream before walking down the aisle. His cold feet gets the best of him and he absconds from the church only to see a bride ditching her wedding at a church across the street. He picks her up and they drive off. Kihn's next LP featured the lead single "Reunited." The song's video served as a sequel to the one done for "Jeopardy." The "Reunited" video picks up with the couple right after they left the church. They decide to do a cross-country road trip to NYC, but an encounter with a tornado in Kansas sends them on a detour to Oz. Although the video played well on MTV, the song didn't catch on and if failed to make the pop chart.


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