Rock Musician Category
By Brad Kava
Greg Kihn began his career in his hometown of Baltimore, MD, working
in the singer/songwriter mold, but switching to straightforward rock
‘n’ roll when he moved to San Francisco in 1974.
In 1976, after his debut on the compilation Beserkley Chartbusters,
he recorded his first album with his own band. Through the '70s, he
released an album each year and built a strong cult following through
constant touring, becoming Beserkley's biggest seller. In 1981, he
earned his first bona fide hit with the Top 20 single, "The Breakup
Song (They Don't Write 'Em Like That Anymore)," from the
"RocKihnRoll" album. He continued in a more commercial vein through
the '80s with a series of pun-titled albums.
Since 1996, he’s been the top rated morning man at San Jose’s 98.5
KFOX FM where his morning show is a celebration of local music, rock
Kihn roll and patriotism. He’s the only local DJ to feature local
bands playing live, local kids, and music from local schools.
He is also on the air every weekend on KRFX 103.5 The Fox in Denver,
and is about to launch a syndicated show. He just finished a stint
on Triple M Radio in Australia. His many hit records and videos
still get consistent airplay on VH1 and classic rock stations worldwide.
He appears on network TV often, most recently on NBCs’ Hit Me Baby
One More Time in 2006. His new CD Greg Kihn Band Live Featuring Ry
Kihn on SONY/BMG was released in 2006. His 1983 hit The Breakup Song
was featured as a centerpiece number in the 2006 Ed Burns feature
film release The Groomsman. In addition, his music was used in the
soundtrack of The Sopranos.
Greg is also an accomplished author, with a series of four novels,
which mix rock ‘n’ roll and horror. He’s has been nominated for the
Bram Stoker Award, and is a frequent contributor to the Hot Blood
anthologies. He was contributing editor of Carved In Rock, Short
Stories by Musicians, with stories by Pete Townshend, Joan Jett and
Greg uses his position as a communicator to raise money for his
favorite charities: Operation Care and Comfort (supporting the
troops), Furry Friends Rescue and Unconditional Love (animal rescue
groups), Sunday Friends (low-income family help), and individual kids
with cancer. He often plays benefit concerts various causes.
His lyrics have been described as the American version of the Kinks’
Ray Davies. His books bring to mind Stephen King. And his radio,
well, brings to mind no one but Greg Kihn.
They may not write em like that anymore, and they definitely broke
the mold when they made this Renaissance man.