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On this day in music history: January 3, 1983 - “Jeopardy” by The Greg Kihn Band is released. Written by Greg Kihn and Steve Wright, it is the biggest hit for the rock band from San Francisco, CA. Formed in 1976, The Greg Kihn Band sign with Berkeley, CA label Beserkley Records founded by record producer Matthew King Kaufman. The band develop a loyal cult following locally in the Bay Area and find pockets of support around the country while touring as the opening act for numerous high profile bands including fellow San Francisco based Journey. By the turn of the decade, Beserkeley has landed a distribution deal with Elektra Records, and the bands’ sixth album “RocKihnRoll” in 1981, yields their first major hit single “The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em)” (#15 Pop). When the follow up album “Kihntinued” is not as well received, Kihn and the band receive pressure from their label to produce another big hit. Kihn and bassist Steve Wright write the midtempo “Jeopardy”, with the narrative being about being about the songs’ protagonist feeling that the relationship with his girlfriend is in trouble, and that she’s oblivious to that fact. Wright comes over to Kihn’s house one afternoon with the main chord sequence already composed. Hearing the music, Greg immediately responds with the songs’ chorus “our love’s in jeopardy, ooo ooo ooo ooo…”. The pair realize they’re on to something, and quickly finish writing the song. “Jeopardy” is recorded at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA in the Fall of 1982. Released as the first single from The Greg Kihn Band’s eighth album “Kihnspiracy”, “Jeopardy” not only finds favor with their album rock radio audience, but quickly begins receiving top 40 pop radio play. The songs’ profile is boosted even further by a surreal and tongue in cheek music video shot at the historic Mission Dolores church in San Francisco. The clip depicts Greg Kihn as a groom about to be married, and having second thoughts about it. Looking around the church, Kihn has visions of the wedding attendees turning into monsters (parodying “Night Of The Living Dead”), then sees his bride turn into a zombie after placing the ring on her finger. The video directed by Joe Dea becomes a huge favorite on MTV, and gives the band their biggest hit. Entering the Hot 100 at #77 on January 29, 1983, the single peaks at #2 on May 7, 1983 unable to bump Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” from the top spot. “Jeopardy” also peaks at #5 on the Mainstream Rock chart, and tops the Billboard Club Play chart for 2 weeks on April 9, 1983, thanks to a 12" dance mix by remixer John Luongo. The song is also parodied by comedian “Weird Al” Yankovic" as “I Lost On Jeopardy” in 1984 with Greg Kihn making a cameo appearance in the music video.

A lot of this aural blandness has to do with technology. It begins with the producer who relies on a computer rather than live instrumentalists and ends with the devices we use to consume our music, which cut out the dynamics captured in the recording studio. Ellis, a session drummer who can be heard in the background of Hollywood blockbusters such as Argo, Godzilla, and The Matrix series, is exploring this phenomena in a forthcoming documentary, The Click .

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