Greg Kihn gave us classic songs like “Jeapardy” and “The Breakup Song.” In our video interview he relives those times and his latest album of new material in 21 years.
Greg Kihn recently phoned Selective Memory. The Greg Kihn Band, while formed in the mid-seventies, came to prominence in the eighties. Per Greg Kihn’s press release:
Greg will be fondly remembered as an ’80s music icon 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 #2 on the Billboard Top 100.
Greg first signed in 1973 to the now legendary record label, Beserkley Records. He was the focal point of a roster at that time that included Jonathan Richman, Earthquake and The Rubinoos….artists who all performed and recorded melodic pop with a strong 60s pop sensibility.
Greg’s groundbreaking video for “Jeopardy” became one of the first concept videos. It was played extensively on MTV during the early days of the then fledging video channel. The Greg Kihn Band also spent much of the 80s touring with the likes of Journey, The Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead and appearing on popular TV shows including Solid Gold, American Bandstand and Saturday Night Live.
He also carved out a very successful 16-year career as a top rated DJ on KUFX in San Jose, California. He rose from a late night host to one of the top-rated morning jocks in his area in the nation’s fourth largest market before leaving the station in 2012.
Greg is also an accomplished author, having written six well-received novels and numerous short stories, along with two screenplays. He and his band still tour extensively throughout North America.