Greg Kihn wrote:
Steve and I started the Greg Kihn Band back in 1975 and we were like brothers. We composed all the hits like “Jeopardy,” “Lucky,” and “The Breakup Song,” and dozens of others. Steve was the driving force behind the band and always kept it fresh and new. We had many adventures over the years and lived our lives to the fullest.
I’ll always remember the day in 1983 when he dropped by my house to show his new toy, a new-fangled battery powered Casio keyboard with a built-in drum machine. It had a cheesy clavinet sound and Steve played me a riff he just wrote. I heard the now infamous riff from “Jeopardy.” What happened next was magic. I spontaneously started singing “our love’s in jeopardy, baby, whoo-who-hoo.” That song wrote itself in about 15 minutes. It was as if the song was floating around in the air and we just snatched it up. Magic! Steve was always sensitive to the magic.
To the millions of fans around the world who loved Steve’s music, I say go back and listen to the albums. Listen to the sound of his genius.
Steve was a life partner for the greatest years of my life, and I’ll always love him. My career certainly wouldn’t have been the same without songs like “Jeopardy” and “Breakup.” Of the five original guys who cut “Breakup Song,” only two remain, Larry Lynch and me.
Good-bye Steve, I’ll miss you, my brother. It’s been a hell of a ride. I’ll see you in the next life. Have fun jamming with all the greats in Heaven.
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