Mr. Muzak

Who wants to listen to another headbanging hit of mine?

No matter what you might think of it, Monday has to be somewhere in your Top 7 favorite days of the week.  I’ll bet The Nest can help make that ranking just a little bit higher by playing another certified lost earworm straight out of that vaunted vault of vinyl we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive.  DJ Scratchy’s got a great old tune that would command the respect of Mr. Rogers, Mr. Pibb, and even Mr. Daniel Lumis… while the Sponkies are listening to Train for some reason.  Yes, that’s exactly who’s on the radio, stereo…

For a few years in the middle of the 80’s, a redundantly named band called Mr. Mister was one of the biggest things going.  Their 1985 album Welcome To The Real World spawned a pair of #1 hits… which wasn’t a bad accomplishment for a group that had never had a prior Top 40 hit.  Those two songs, “Kyrie” and “Broken Wings,” are probably the only two songs you know Mr. Mister for today…. especially since their follow up album flopped and the band broke up just a few years later.  So much for taking their broken wings and learning to fly again…

Bunch of delicate butterflies…

If you have any idea how the DVA works by now, you know we’re not going to be playing either of those two well known Mr. Mister songs.  Contrary to popular belief, they weren’t just your average ordinary two hit wonder.  In early 1986, they released their third single from Real World, and it made it all the way up to #8… and is, in my mind, a far superior song to either of their two chart toppers.  Here is the forgotten song from the Mr. X2 catalogue… “Is It Love”

Those other two Mr. Mister songs are a bit sappy and too out there for me… but “Is It Love” is more of a classic 80’s hit with just the right amount of synth and guitar solo… with the added bonus of an electric drum set.  This song alone makes the band completely unworthy of being mentioned nostalgically in one of the worst songs of the 21st Century

The way they overplay your song ain’t fair, you know…

I’ll be back next Monday with another great song by an artist too good to be called by their first name…

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Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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30 Responses to Mr. Muzak

  1. I loved is it love….but the most peeps thought it is boring… the 80’s were the time for overdoing and simple good music had not much chances ;o(

  2. ksbeth says:

    i love my few hits wonder bands

  3. I didn’t remember the song at all, but I do remember the cheesy video! I think I even had the album, and I don’t recall that song!

    • They had an even cheesier video for the lone charting song they had after this breakout album. The name of it escapes me now, but it was like a bad pop-up cutout book. I had never heard of that song when I first saw the video a couple years ago…

      • I like to watch the old videos now. So many of them tried to tell a story and they were just God awful bad. You have to wonder on some of them what the heck they were thinking.

  4. I remember the other hits but not this one…..I thought this band had a lot going for them as I recall. They had apparent musical talent (which is refreshing!) and fit right into the mid-80s…..funny I never heard that song but then I didn’t have the album. “Broken Wings” kind of fit my mood in 1985……. 😦


    • Yeah, their follow up album wasn’t much of a success… and then by the 90’s, music had moved on from the 80’s style. They had two more number one songs than Bruce Springsteen ever had, so they must’ve done something right…

  5. I LOVED that song and (confession time) the others as well. Really enjoyed Mr. Mister and still sing along at the top of my out-of tune-lungs whenever I hear them in the car. Gawd…weren’t the 80’s just freaking awesome, musically speaking?!

  6. franhunne4u says:

    Is there another band out there who performed this song? Because I think I remember the words, but not this song.

  7. Folk music. From the sixties. Tom Paxton. John Prine. Joan Baez. Words. Melody you can sing.

  8. Ladybuggz says:

    I don’t remember this song, did another band do it that was more popular?? Oh wait, Whitesnake did it, I like their version alot better! But I did like Broken Wings, a good crying song!

  9. Ally Bean says:

    I was so busy in the 80s that I suppose it’s not surprising that I don’t remember this song at all. It’s not really all that, is it?

  10. draliman says:

    Very 80s boppy. I remember Kyrie.

  11. draliman says:

    Okay, I had to know so I Googled it. It means “Lord have mercy” in Greek apparently. So evidently Kyrie’s not his girlfriend then.

    • I wasn’t even bright enough to realize the “Kyrie” title of the song was in that part where they were saying “Carry a laser down the road that I must travel.” I remember there being some buzz about that weird phrase back in the day… and I think I remember hearing there was some Catholic meaning to it…

  12. OK, the video was really weird. Especially when viewed with 2018 eyes and the work to raise awareness of rape culture and toxic masculinity and so on. I don’t remember the song, but at least it’s got the Aero bar band out of my head!!

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