A nice gift named Vox...
The Greg Kihn Band is an American band formed in 1976 and originally composed of Greg Kihn, Robbie Dunbar, Steve Wright and Larry Lynch. The adventure begins when Greg Kihn wins a radio hookup hosted by WCAO Radio at the age of 17. He won in particular a Vox electric guitar, which will forever change the course of his life.
He arrived in California in the early 1970s and started singing in the streets. And it was not until 1976 that he formed the group and recorded a first album thanks to the Beserkley Records label.
The beginnings were quite laborious and despite the release of 5 successive albums in the late 1970s, none managed to produce any major hits. They will have to wait until the year 1981 and the release of the album "Rockihnroll" for the group to finally be rewarded for their efforts. Notably thanks to the flagship single "The breakup song (They don’t write‘ Em)". But for now, success is limited to the North American continent.
The album "Kihntinued" which came out a year later in 1982 could not do better. On the other hand, the album "Kihnspiracy" which came out in 1983 was not going to meet the same fate at all. And for good reason ! The album will be an incredible success thanks to the enormous single “Jeopardy”, a flagship single which will set fire to all the Dancefloor on the planet this year and will undoubtedly remain as one of the most emblematic titles of the decade.
The group will unfortunately be unable to capitalize on the huge wave of success generated by the album. The 1984 album "Kihntagious" saw the group fall back into the depths of the Charts. Only the album "Citizen Kihn" which will be released in 1985 will allow the group to save the furniture with the single "Lucky", single which will be their last notorious hit.
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
The breakup song (They don't write 'Em) 1981
The girl most likely 1981
Happy man 1982
Love never fails 1983
Boys won't (Leave the girls alone) 1985
1978 ... hard to imagine at this stage that it is the same group which will deliver a few years later one of the biggest dance hits of the 1980s. And yet ...
1981 ... nothing for 3 years. Here they are back in 1981 in 100 % Rock version, a musical orientation that allows them to stand out but nothing more ...
1981 ... a year 1981 which allowed them to return to the race but it is clear that there is still work to be done to be part of the elite. Must and can do better ...
1981 ... a rock orientation which for the moment predominates. There is quality, it is undeniable. But that is not enough to propel them to the heights of the Charts. Let's be patient, it's going to happen one day ...
1982 ... little or no change in this new year. The group is maintaining a fairly average level of success for the moment. However, they have the potential to do much better ...
1983 ... then comes THIS title. We can see a total metamorphosis between what they offer today and what they offered until then. And the result is clear : here they are simply delivering one of the biggest dance hits of the decade and the biggest success of their entire discography. MAS-TER-FUL !
1983 ... a sequel that has nothing to do with the previous title, that's clear. Suddenly, the group immediately plunges into the depths of the Charts. A big mess ...
1984 ... chase the natural, it comes back at a gallop. The group returned to their rock roots and lost a large part of their audience by the way. A musical reorientation on their part very surprising and above all totally counterproductive ...
1984 ... in the same vein. With a slight improvement, but nothing will change the situation unfortunately. The group will never stick to the leading pack again ...
1985 ... a dazzling return of inspiration which will not last but which allows them to obtain a last major hit. Like what, not much was enough ...
1985 ... a year 1985 which will allow them to leave by the front door and close an adventure, certainly ephemeral, but which will have all the same produced one of the most emblematic hits of the decade. It is always that !
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