When Greg Kihn was a 12-yr-vintage he noticed The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show and said to his father “that’s going to be me.”
His father’s reaction? “No way are you going to do that,” Kihn recalls, laughing and getting a kick at the memory. It took the Baltimore-born rocker till his thirties to do it, however a move to the Bay Area, in which he at the end set up with the burgeoning Beserkley label, and more than one best pop songs (Jeopardy, which Weird Al maximum famously spoofed, and The Breakup Song) broke his band into pinnacle five territory. Pretty quickly even his parents needed to admit that maybe Kihn was direct to some thing, proudly popping out to look their son whenever he toured through the Baltimore place.
Rock ‘n’ roll stardom turned into comparatively quick for the Greg Kihn Band, and shortly the institution’s namesake observed himself running as a totally famous morning radio DJ in San Francisco, a process he held until only a few years in the past. He also started out writing, turning out short memories and novels, even selecting up nominations for Best First Novel at the Bram Stoker Awards for his e-book Horror Show. Now he’s back to focusing at the band, which features Kihn’s son Ry on guitar; in 2017 they launched their first album of original tune considering that 1996, Rekihndled.
We spoke with Kihn about The Beatles, his early days in Berkeley, and the various ridiculous approaches wherein his ultimate name has been incorporated in his album titles.
Q: When you’re performing your track Jeopardy do you on occasion throw a line or in from the Weird Al model just to screw with your target audience?
A: (Laughs) Yes, from time to time my attention will simply shift in the middle of the tune and I’ll land up doing multiple strains from his version. It’s the type of like whilst you’re a child and you mishear a song lyric, like “there’s a toilet on the proper.”
Q: Which is Bad Moon Rising. Oddly enough the first version of Bad Moon Rising I heard became thru certainly one of your Beserkley label mates, Sean Tyla, simply because the first version of Jonathan Richman’s Road Runner I heard turned into thru you.
A: Actually, a few human beings have arisen to me and said that. There’s a group of versions: the one Jonathan did with the band Earthquake and the Beserkley gang, one by the Modern Lovers, Sex Pistols, my version, and Joan Jett. Most humans only seem to don’t forget the Joan Jett model now.
Q: It’s a type of a no-brainer for a band to feature to the repertoire as it’s most effective two chords.
A: You can’t probably screw it up. I don’t forget as a thirteen-12 months-antique child getting to know Kingston Trio songs and stuff like This Land Is Your Land, and whilst The Beatles came out I was stunned to discover that they were the usage of the identical three chords as my folk’s songs. It turned into a first-rate revelation for me, essentially the Holy Grail.
Q: For me the Greg Kihn Band is so synonymous with strength-pop that I assumed you have been studying Who songs.
A: The first actual song we ever found out as a band became The Kids Are Alright. I changed into a busker on the corner of Telegraph and Durant in Berkeley, making $40 an afternoon, and that changed into honestly something you may live on. A guy came up and said he owned a nightclub, and if I had a band I could have a residency, due to the fact the band that changed into there, Earthquake, had been leaving. I lied and stated I had one. Then I phoned my pal Steve Wright and we placed one collectively in three days. That band stayed collectively for 18 years.
Q: A lot of that time become suffering to make it?
A: In the early days not anything got here smooth. We needed to prove ourselves each year, every album, each unmarried. We learned lots of lessons and we learned them properly, particularly at the excursion we did up north with Rick (Springfield); through the manner, he’s an actual prince, as best a man as he turned into 30 years ago.
Q: Considering the truth that your albums have such titles as RocKihnRoll, Kihntinued, and Kihntagious, I ought to ask: do you have got a grasp listing going of puns related to your last name?
A: Oh God, no. I had no idea this would appear. I’ve created a monster that refuses to die, and now that we’re back in the studio I have to think about some thing else, that is killing me.