by Randy Fox
Starting with his first hit single, “The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em)” in 1981, Greg Kihn crafted a handful of catchy rock ’n’ roll hits scattered throughout the 1980s. His biggest, 1983's “Jeopardy,” was spotlighted in one of the first big, breakout videos on MTV. It featured attacking zombies and a Lovecraftian-tentacled terror months before Michael Jackson led a moon-walking horde of the undead unto the TV sets of America.
After the hits ran out, Kihn continued recording in addition to becoming a popular radio personality in Northern California and beginning a career as a novelist with four horror novels published in the '90s. Kihn’s now turned his eye toward the rock ’n’ roll mystery fiction field with his new novel Rubber Soul, which features four guys from Liverpool and a cellar full of murder. He’s making a special appearance in the Cult Fiction Underground at Logue’s Black Raven Emporium tonight at 7 p.m., where he’ll be signing copies of the book and performing a free, all-acoustic set.