Monday, October 29, 2012

Musical Interlude: Jeopardy (1983)

Greg Kihn's last top 40 hit came in 1983 with "Jeopardy". Not to be confused with a certain game show, although "Weird" Al Yankovic did something about that a year or two later, but this was Kihn's only "solo" record, as there was no more Greg Kihn Band. The spooky stuff comes near the end with a monster emerging partially through the floor of the church. That would be the stuff that "B' movies are made of, even today.


magicdog said...

I remember when this was big.

Kihn was also on MTV alot - acting all clever at how his album titles all had his last name in various phrases ("Next of Kihn", etc.)

Personally I never thought the song was all that, and even when it turns up on the radio now & then, I still don't get why it reached number one that year! I admit the video was creepy, but I didn't need additional nightmares, so I tended to change channels.

The last time I remember seeing him was in a cameo in Weird Al's spoof, "I Lost On Jeopardy" (which was much more entertaining).

Even the spoof is out of date since most people under 50 have only known Alex Trebek as the Jeopardy host, rather than Art Fleming.

hobbyfan said...

I think Weird Al's video may have predated the start of the Trebek era of Jeopardy!, but that was for the older fans like us who grew up with Art Fleming, Don Pardo, and the original Jeopardy!

I should note that Kihn's "Jeopardy" came from the CD, "Kihntinued", to continue the theme of puns in the album titles.