Jeopardy – The Greg Kihn Band

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………..on February 10th of 1983 The Greg Kihn Band reach Billboard’s Hot 100 at #56 with “Jeopardy” the song that would go on to become their biggest hit. Don’t look for hidden meanings and opaque references in this or any other Greg Kihn Band Song. Kihn explained to Creem magazine in 1984 that he sticks to simple themes and tends to write about relationships and his girlfriend. “Jeopardy” was a bit of an anomaly for the band, as it had more of a pop sound and was kind of quirky – qualities that made it a hit, but not typical of the rock sound that band stuck with even when Van Halen was breaking out keyboards in the ’80s. Kihn’s record company, of course, was hoping for a series of similar hits, which never happened. Their next album contained the followup single “Reunited,” which went nowhere. Kihn explained: “The record company said give us a followup that’ll sell as many copies and I came back with something that was closer to heavy metal. I couldn’t even come up with another ‘Breakup Song.’ Oh, well. I’m kind of proud that I followed up ‘Jeopardy’ with something that was straight ahead rock ‘n’ roll. As mentioned this was the biggest hit for Greg Kihn Band eventually reaching #2, and it was a slow build: The group released nine albums between 1978 and 1986, and didn’t have a hit until “The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em),” which appeared on album number six. “Jeopardy” came on their eighth album. As for Kihn, he went on to write several novels and became the morning DJ at K-Fox FM in San Jose, California. He continued to perform live at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in California well into the ’00s. As often happens though this was a huge hit in the US however it barely registered in the UK where it only reached #63.