There have been plenty of ridiculous band names throughout history (‘The Band’ and ‘The The’ among them), but in our humble opinion ‘Mr. Mister’ might just take the cake. Or at least they did until ‘Limp Bizkit’ arrived on the scene.
But no matter–– because Richard Page and the boys knew how to make some pretty good music. Their first album may have gone largely ignored, but in November 1985 we got their sophomore effort Welcome to the Real World. And the Mr. Mister revolution was on… beginning with “Broken Wings”.
Written by Page and his cousin John Lang, “Broken Wings” was inspired by an early 20th century Arabic novel called (aptly enough) Broken Wings. And the video was one of those great 80s black-and-white artsy deals (see Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer”, Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game”, and Rhythm Nation 1814), featuring Page driving through the desert in a Thunderbird (when he wasn’t lounging in a window playing bass in a long white trenchcoat, that is):
“Broken Wings” got Mr. Mister off to a good start. It spent 22 weeks on the charts, including two at #1 in December 1985, and it paved the way for two more hits to follow (more on those later).
Plus, it got a big ol’ shout-out in Tupac’s “Until the End of Time”–– and a little street cred never hurts, right?
We ♥ Broken Wings.