Here’s a compilation that slipped through the cracks a few weeks back: Best of Beserkley ’75-’84, a new disc covering the work of The Greg Kihn Band, for many years the flagship artist of Beserkley Records.
The Berkeley, California-based indie label trafficked in power pop and alt-rock stylings, with early acts including Earth Quake, The Rubinoos and Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers. Kihn, a Baltimore-born singer/songwriter living in Berkeley was an early signee, as well; his debut recording was released on the label’s first LP, the audaciously titled Beserkeley Chartbusters Vol. 1.
Despite the size of that claim, Kihn would indeed become the main (and by the ’80s, among the only) artist for the label, with huge hits in “The Break Up Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em),” which peaked at No. 15 in 1981, and “Jeopardy,” a No. 2 hit in 1983. (The latter was, of course, an early tune parodied by “Weird Al” Yankovic as “I Lost on Jeopardy.” Kihn even appeared in the video!)
The Greg Kihn Band stopped putting out records in 1986, a few years after Beserkley folded; Kihn now operates as a radio DJ in San Jose. Rhino issued a compilation of their work in 1989, and other labels have licensed the Beserkley catalogue in the decades since. The Riot label takes the reins on this new disc, which gathers 21 of the band’s best singles and album cuts for a new generation to enjoy.
The set is out now, and can be ordered after the jump.
The Greg Kihn Band, Best of Beserkley ’75-’84 (Riot, 2012)
- All the Right Reasons
- Any Other Woman
- Madison Avenue Man
- For You
- In the Naked Eye
- Moulin Rouge
- The Break Up Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em)
- Can’t Stop Hurtin’ Myself
- When the Music Starts
- Happy Man
- Every Love Song
- Tear That City Down
- Love Never Fails
Track 1 from Beserkley Chartbusters Vol. 1 (Beserkley, 1975)
Track 2 from Greg Kihn (Beserkley, 1976)
Tracks 3-4 from Greg Kihn Again (Beserkley, 1977)
Tracks 5-6 from Next of Kihn (Beserkley, 1978)
Tracks 7-9 from With the Naked Eye (Beserkley, 1979)
Tracks 10-13 from Rockihnroll (Beserkley, 1981)
Tracks 14-16 from Kihntinued (Beserkley, 1982)
Tracks 17-20 from Kihnspiracy (Beserkley, 1983)
Track 21 from Kihntagious (Beserkley, 1984)