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Our youngest readers will have forgotten Greg Kihn, so sit back and I'll tell you all a story about a small-town boy in a small-town band with a somewhat, it must be said, small-town talent. In the late 1970s Berkeley, California, was home to an enjoyable, if rather benign, power-pop revival, this centered around a number of bands and artists on the dopily named Beserkley label. The label baby-sat Jonathan Richman, who was from Boston and the only world-class talent associated with it. But Beserkley also put out a number of energetic pop rocksters, among them Earthquake, the Rubinoos, and of course Greg Kihn. Kohn got some early notice with a couple of moody singles, "Remember" and a cover of Springsteen's "For You." He then flirted with obscurity, but pulled off a couple of genuine national hits ("The Breakup Song," "Jeopardy"), before clinching the deal, apparently for good. This is probably as it should be: I'd had a soft spot in my heart for his early records until I went back and listened to them again. But there is one thing I'm sure of: in its heyday the Greg Kihn Band was a taut and explosive club juggernaut, some vestiges of which may remain today. Saturday, Biddy Mulligan's, 7644 N. Sheridan; 761-6532.

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