Picks and Pans Review: Rockihnroll

UPDATED 06/22/1981 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 06/22/1981 at 01:00 AM EDT

Greg Kihn Band

Long one of the most popular and sharpest club attractions around San Francisco, the Kihn band has yet to click nationally despite five albums and periodic cross-country forays. The LPs haven't captured the sensuous assertiveness of the group's live sound, a fact Kihn has admitted. He and producer Matthew Kaufman have tried to make this disc, in Kihn's words, "literally jump off the turntable at you." That it does, and the assault is enjoyable. Kihn's cover version of Tommy Roe's 1962 hit Sheila ("Sweet little girl/That's my little Sheila/Man, this little girl is fine") defines his genre. Though derivative, the music pulsates with varsity sexiness and clean-cut melodic charm. With Rockihnroll, Greg may finally Kihnnect.

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