10 Songs, 31 Minutes

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.

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.

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