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Editors’ Notes

Greg Kihn's 1981 album Rockihnroll isn't a huge departure from his previous few releases—it's full of unpretentious rock 'n' roll with plenty of power pop hooks and a distinct absence of skinny-tie new wave affectations. But everything came together in just the right way to make this Kihn's finest hour; the production is a little punchier, the band are a bit tighter, and the songs are slightly catchier. It's no wonder this became Kihn's breakout recording, his first to scale the upper reaches of the album charts. Of course it didn't hurt that Rockihnroll contained the haunting "The Breakup Song," a sinuously seductive tune that gave Kihn his first bona fide hit and became an undeniable '80s classic. Still, there's more the this record than just the big single—"Valerie," "Sheila," and "The Girl Most Likely" (reckon Kihn had women on his mind much?) are infectious, perfect pop nuggets, while "Trouble in Paradise" is a vivacious variant on the Bo Diddley beat. But despite the ubiquitousness of the successful single, Kihn would soon prove to be more than a one-hit wonder.

Customer Reviews

A guilty pleasure

This album was Greg Kihn's masterpiece. Aside from his breakout hit single "The Breakup Song," many of the album tracks are far too good to be overlooked. Trouble in Paradise, Sheila, Valerie, Can't Stop Hurtin' Myself, etc. This album is a solid 40 minutes of pure pop pleasure.

Classic !!

Great to see this Greg Kihn classic out!!- Great album, great songwriter & great band!! Love hearing "Valerie" and "Can't Stop Hurtin' Myself". Hope to see a tour soon!!!

Back when my hair wasn't grey

To write a song like "The Breakup Song" which I've heard so many times, yet each time I hear it I start to compare it to my favorite Beatles songs is quite an accomplishment, and everyone else thought so too, as it made it to #15 on the charts, and took the LP to #32 when the previous LP was #157 and this was on the small independent Berserkley label. On this LP The Kihn Band continue to do what they do best, which is to mix pure pop songs ("Breakup", "Valerie", "Girl Most Likely") with songs that rock a little more (Can't Stop Hurting Myself-one of their greatest songs: when Steve Wright's bass kicks in, in the intro of the song it's fantastic, and was even better live; "Womankind", and "Trouble in Paradise"-forgot how much I liked this one). You get some call and response vocals from what to me sounds like Larry Lynch on the semi-reggae Wright song "Nothing's Gonna Change", a great cover of Tommy Roe's "Sheila", and more call and response vocals from the band in "The Girl Most Likely". They added Gary Phillips to the band and his keyboards really help to fill out the band's sound (as on "Trouble In Paradise"). Check out Dave Carpender's great guitar work in "Valerie" which really drives the song along, in an eighties sped up version of James Burton, and you see I can find something to like for every song, which makes this LP an all-around gem. The only thing that could be better is if this was out on an actual physical CD, but beggars can't be choosers.

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