Berkeley, California (EastBayDaily) — Legendary 80’s rocker, Greg Kihn, is proud to announce the release of his new album, Greg Kihn Band: Best of Berserkley, 1974-1985, as both hardcopy CD and digital download. Best of Berserkley, 1974-1985’s 21-tracks features 19 Greg Kihn remastered original hits drawn from Greg’s eight-of-nine full-length Beserkley Records studio albums, including The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘em Like That), Jeopardy, Happy Man and Reunited, along with two tribute tracks to Bruce Springsteen (long considered one of Greg’s biggest musical influences), Rendezvous and For You.
In the late 80’s, Beserkley Records sold the original Greg Kihn Band master recordings, along with the rest of the Beserkley Records catalog. After many years of legal wranglings, Greg finally obtained the rights to release his back catalog from this seminal era of his musical career. Existing diehard and new fans who have followed Greg Kihn from the beginning of his career as a folkie/pop-rock troubadour to one of the most recognizable and popular Gold-selling video Rock Stars during MTV’s 1980’s glory years will want to add this essential compilation to their classic rock music collection.
Beserkley Records is credited as being one of the first successful American Punk Rock Indie Record Labels, established in 1973 in Berkeley, California, releasing albums by Earth Quake, Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers, The Rubinoos and the label’s biggest breakthrough artist, Greg Kihn. Beginning with his third album, Next of Kihn (1978), Greg continually ‘charted’ in America thanks to regular FM radio airplay. By 1981 Greg Kihn’s “The Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'Em)" from Rockihnroll (1981), broke the Top 40 and his fifth and sixth albums, Kihntinued (1982) and Kihnspiracy (1983), all reached the Top 40 on the LP charts. Greg’s 1983 single "Jeopardy" became Beserkley Records’ biggest hit, peaking on the Billboard Charts at #2, (#1 on Billboard Dance and International Charts), achieving Gold sales status for Kihnspiracy (over 500,000 units sold), and mainstream recognition. This was due, in large part, to “Jeopardy becoming one of early-MTV’s most popular music videos. “Jeopardy” featured Greg and band in a scripted play-acted scenario, with elaborate special effects, that reinvented the music video into a micro story-telling genre, influencing other elaborate and grandiose productions, such as Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and countless others.
According to Greg, “It’s said ‘if you can remember the 60’s you weren’t there,’ and now that I reflect on being a Beserkley Records recording artist almost four decades after I first signed with the label, I realize that when I try to recall those years, much has been lost in the fog of age. I mean, after all, we did refer to the label as ‘Rather Ripped Records’ after closing time… But, I digress… These songs really represent and bring back all of the best memories of my achievements and peaks of my musical career during the carefree halcyon heydays as a Beserkley Records recording artist… when everything was safe, nothing was dangerous and we were all young and immortal. I can clearly hear, feel and experience that unbridled excitement and exuberance in each track, more so now that I’ve painstakingly remastered each and every song, and I am sure you, fair listener, will, as well.”
Greg Kihn also announces the Greg Kihn Band CD Release/Reunion Party in honor of Greg Kihn Band; Best of Berserkley, 1974-1985, scheduled for Saturday, May 19, 2012, at The Catalyst Club in Santa Cruz, California (http://catalystclub.com), sponsored by KFOX FM 102.1 San Francisco/98.5 San Jose. The Greg Kihn Band CD Release/Reunion Party will feature the Greg Kihn Band live-and-in-concert, appearances by original members of the Greg Kihn Band, KFOX FM Air Personalities and other special musical guests, contests and giveaways of autographed Greg Kihn Band swag and paraphernalia, and more. (Doors 7 p.m. /Show 8 p.m.). In addition, the Annual KFOX FM Kihncert takes place at the Shoreline Amphitheater, in Mountain View, California, on Saturday, July 14, 2012, featuring Greg Kihn along with Pat Benatar and The Steve Miller Band. Additional details are on http://www.gregkihn.com and the "Greg's Blog" page at http://www.kfox.com/GKB-Reunion-Gig-/9573650?pid=229627
Greg Kihn is the San Francisco Bay Area’s #1 FM reigning Radio Morning Man, exceeding 16-years on Classic Rock KFOX 102.1 San Francisco/98.5 San Jose – the fourth largest radio market in America. He’s also a prolific novelist and his four novels and one book of short stories will be available on iPad and Kindle later in 2012. Greg also has a screenplay in development for a new cable series about how the mafia ran the music industry in New York City during the early 1960's. Described as a cross between ‘The Sopranos-Meets-Almost Famous,’ "45 RPM," could be on a major cable network in 2013.
Greg Kihn Band: Best of Berserkley, 1974-1985, released through Riot Media/Records, can be purchased through GregKihn.com, iTunes at http://itunes.gregkihn.com, Amazon.com at http://x.co/kihn7485cd, and other online digital and CD music retailers.
For more info, check out http://www.gregkihn.com, or to arrange an interview, please contact: Christopher Buttner at Chris(at)prthatrocks(dot)com – Tel: 415-233-7350
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