January 18th, 2020 – Good Lord

I know that this will not be a favorite of many people following this blog or for fans of music in general. I know this because I caught a lot of flack back when I was listening to them. Well, fear not, the band broke up long ago. But I think after hearing some neat facts about the band and the song, you may look at them with a tiny bit more respect.

This song has a big, sing along chorus with dramatic keyboards leading it and a pounding drum to accent the power chords of the electric guitar.

Mr. Mister – “Kyrie”



Formed in Arizona but quickly residing in L.A., Mr. Mister had been kicking around in one form or another from the late 70’s and early 80’s. That’s a sound right in my wheelhouse. The lineup of Richard Page, Steve George, Steve Farris and Pat Mastelotto broke out with their first album in 1984 on RCA records. Not a critical success but the industry attention got frontman Richard Page offers to front bands like Toto and Chicago, both jobs he wound up turning down. Prior to the first album Page and George were already pretty much industry insiders having working as session musicians for Quincy Jones and having written songs for the likes of Michael Jackson, Donna Summer, Kenny Loggins, Rick Springfield and others.

Popular success came with the release of their second album “Welcome to the Real World” in 1985. “Kyrie” was the second single and made it to number 1 on the Billboard charts riding the success of the albums first single “Broken Wings“. Richard Page, who was heavily into meditation and introspection and personal power, wrote “Kyrie” he says, as a prayer. In fact, Kyrie Eleison translates to “Lord have mercy” in Greek. Page remember singing this in church services he attended as a kid.

The song was a blockbuster hit worldwide reaching Number 1 in the U.S., Canada and Norway. It made the top 10 in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland. And it made the top 100 in Australia, Italy, and New Zealand. If you ask me this might be one of the quintessential 80’s tunes of all time. Hallelujah and Amen.

~Lew Hastings

Kyrie eleison, kyrie eleison, kyrie

The wind blows hard against this mountain side, across the sea into my soul
It reaches into where I cannot hide, setting my feet upon the road

My heart is old, it holds my memories, my body burns a gemlike flame
Somewhere between the soul and soft machine, is where I find myself again

Kyrie eleison, down the road that I must travel
Kyrie eleison, through the darkness of the night
Kyrie eleison, where I’m going will you follow
Kyrie eleison, on a highway in the light

When I was young I thought of growing old, of what my life would mean to me
Would I have followed down my chosen road, or only wished what I could be

Kyrie eleison, down the road that I must travel
Kyrie eleison, through the darkness of the night
Kyrie eleison, where I’m going will you follow
Kyrie eleison, on a highway in the light

Writer/s: JOHN ROSS LANG, RICHARD JAMES PAGE, STEVEN PARK GEORGE 
Publisher: Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.