Saturday, December 5, 2015

"Love Never Fails" by Greg Kihn Band

Song#:  1481
Date:  06/04/1983
Debut:  77
Peak:  59
Weeks:  6
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Kihn scored the biggest hit of his career when "Jeopardy" made it to #2. In turn, it made the album Kihnspiracy his best showing on the chart reaching #15. A second major hit single might have pushed the LP into the Top 10, but this follow-up tune would end up stalling outside of the Top 50.

ReduxReview:  Kihn's albums are strange. There is typically one hit-worthy song and then the balance is filled with good tunes, but nothing even close to being a chart contender. It's not a bad thing. One pop-oriented song to sell the album and then solid rockers to fill it out. It worked for him, but the lack of a follow-up hit kept him from reaching the upper echelons of rock stars. Here is another example. After the excellent "Jeopardy," this lesser quality tune was released. My guess it was chosen because it has a groove somewhat similar to "Jeopardy," but that doesn't translate into a hit. I think he would have had a better chance if the lovely pop track "Someday" was chosen instead. Other than that, there wasn't a good single contender on the LP to follow up the hit. Regardless, we were fed this weak one-chorded jam and it unsurprisingly failed.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) Thanks to "Jeopardy" hitting #1 on the Dance chart, this song got some spins as well. It wouldn't do great, but it did manage a #30 showing on the chart.  2) This song was the basis of a parody done by "Weird Al" Yankovic. "I Lost on Jeopardy" appeared on Yankovic's second album and it was issued as the LP's third single in 1984. It peaked at #81. By this time, the TV game show "Jeopardy!" had been off the air since 1979. However, four months after the release of Yankovic's song, the syndicated version of the show hosted by Alex Trebek premiered. It is still on the air and remains hugely popular. It is now the second longest running game show in history, right behind "Wheel of Fortune."


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