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Mr. Mister

A product of the L.A. session-musician community (which also produced the harder-rocking Toto), Mr. Mister enjoyed a brief but massive burst of popularity during the mid-'80s, crafting an atmospheric, vaguely progressive variation on slick, radio-ready pop/rock. While they disappeared almost as quickly as they arrived on the scene, their two number one hits, "Broken Wings" and "Kyrie," remain enduring classics of '80s mainstream pop.

Mr. Mister was formed in 1982 by bassist/lead vocalist Richard Page and keyboardist/vocalist Steve George, boyhood friends from Phoenix, AZ, and accomplished session men. The two had previously played together in a jazz fusion outfit called Pages, which recorded three major-label albums from 1979-1981 (the final one being more pop/rock-oriented). Plagued by a lack of sales, an abundance of personnel shifts, and an uncertainty over direction, the group disbanded by the end of 1981, and Page and George returned to their session careers (they'd previously done vocals on Village People records, among others). The two wrote songs and offered backup for artists including REO Speedwagon, John Parr, Chaka Khan, the Pointer Sisters, Donna Summer, Al Jarreau, and Kenny Loggins, and conceived the idea for their own band while on tour with Andy Gibb. The first to join was guitarist Steve Farris, who had been working with Eddie Money; next was drummer Pat Mastelotto, who had done numerous sessions for producer Mike Chapman. Page's cousin, lyricist John Lang, was invited to collaborate on material as he had done for Pages, and the group quickly landed a deal with RCA on the strength of several showcase concerts.

Mr. Mister's debut album, I Wear the Face, was released in 1984, producing one chart single, "Hunters of the Night," which failed to reach the Top 40. It didn't sell very well, which made the band's breakthrough with their sophomore effort all the more surprising. Welcome to the Real World, issued in May 1985, perfected the band's blend of Genesis-style pop, swirling keyboard textures, slightly spiritual lyrics, and polished studio craft. Page had turned down offers to join Toto and Chicago, and his faith in Mr. Mister was justified with the release of the album's first single, "Broken Wings." It took a few months to catch on, but helped by the band's prominent tour slots, it climbed all the way to the top of the pop charts before year's end, and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Group. The follow-up, "Kyrie," duplicated that feat in March 1986, and Welcome to the Real World topped the album charts the same week, on its way to platinum sales. Third single "Is It Love" reached the Top Ten, and the band consolidated their success with appearances at several awards shows and benefit concerts.

Work on their third album was slowed by Mastelotto's back problems, and once song selection was completed, lyricist Lang moved to New York to attend graduate school. The album, Go On, was released in fall 1987; its lead single, "Something Real (Inside Me/Inside You)," barely scraped the Top 30, despite its appearance on Miami Vice. Second single "Healing Waters" was released only in Europe, yet still managed a Grammy nomination for Best Gospel Performance, Duo or Group. "Stand and Deliver," originally intended for Tina Turner, was used in the Edward James Olmos film of the same name; still, Go On simply couldn't catch hold the way its predecessor had. Disagreements between Page and Farris led to the latter's departure from the group in July 1988. Mr. Mister never settled on a permanent replacement, using Trevor Rabin and Buzzy Feiten in their subsequent recording sessions. Those sessions were dedicated to what was to be the band's fourth album, Pull; however, an RCA roster purge left them homeless, and the record was deemed too proggy and uncommercial to be picked up by any other label (it still has not been officially released). Before the end of 1989, Mr. Mister decided to break up.

Still, the individual members' musical pedigrees ensured that they wouldn't be wanting for work. Mastelotto played drums on XTC's Oranges and Lemons (among many other albums), and joined King Crimson in 1994; he also plays in the progressive/experimental rock band Mastica. Page co-wrote Madonna's 1994 hit ballad "I'll Remember," which led to his forming the group Third Matinee with Madonna producer Patrick Leonard. They released an album in 1994 but broke up the following year, and Page issued his solo debut, Shelter Me, in 1996; he eventually moved into Disney musicals, among other vocal gigs. Lang formed the post-grunge band Djinn, which released Radio Beirut in 1995. George served as Kenny Loggins' music director from 1991-1997, and subsequently toured with Jewel. Farris toured with Whitesnake in 1997, and recorded with Tori Amos and others. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Mr. Mister Broken Wings

1. Broken Wings

2. Is It Love

3. Stand And Deliver

4. Hunters Of The Night

5. Welcome To The Real World

6. Something Real (Inside Me/Inside You)

7. The Border

8. Kyrie

9. I Wear The Face

10. Life Goes On

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Track List: Welcome To The Real World

1. Black/White

2. Uniform Of Youth

3. Don't Slow Down

4. Run To Her

5. Into My Own Hands

6. Is It Love

7. Kyrie

8. Broken Wings

9. Tangent Tears

10. Welcome To The Real World

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Those panoramic synth lines at the start of Kyrie slay me EVERY TIME.
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we will fly away are wings won't be broken anymore it won't be the last time we learn to fly they won't be broken anymore my darling Mike your mimi
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I will go where you go my baby Mike your mimi
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we will be free finally we restore our broken wings and learn to fly we reach the highest mountain mimimmike
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I need to you to be honest with me tell me how you feel tonight mimi
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mysteriousst r a n g e r s 8 6
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beautiful song. spiritual. Love Mr. Mister. Miss the 80s
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The Book of Love will OPEN up....And Let Us ......IN..XX X X X O O O O O
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Had Broken Wings been played by the Police it would have been praised, hate music snubs
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Cocaine Sex music.
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The 80's what a great time of my life and many others I'm sure that I'm finally realizing in my prime years. Even my kids love this music as teens and young adults WOW!
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Love this band; truly one of the more underrated groups of the 80's despite some of their commercial success. I really wish they had more of their music on here; they especially need to add the album Pull now that it's finally been released and available for the past few years! :-)
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Beautiful
......timele s s . . . .
0:*o))))

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hsuarez1939
The 80's my favor time of my life. Great music.
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msilvermerli n
poetic, memorable band from the 80's
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Always will love this song
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mpaikens1
Saw Page perform this and Kyrie with Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band a few years ago, man he can still belt it out.
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There music is still fresh. You can't say to much as for that today?
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lpaulae
80s.
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"Take These Broken Wings," by Mr. Mister, has got to be one of my top 25 all-time favorites' from the 20-year period, '79 - '89, or so! Fabulous, gents!! Thank you!! ��
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Freshman year Spring break at Daytona they performed... . . . Great memories!!!! !
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I love the selection on Pandora, but they're one of my favorites.
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blanketjones
Superb
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Love this songs<3
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Have Mercy
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ahh the memories that go with this music
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I love This. Song...I love 80s....
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Broken Wings
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The bassist had a chance to replace Peter Cetera in Chicago, but decided forming this band was a better idea. Probably not one of the best career choices anybody ever made, but we got one good cassette out of it.
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Angel without wings says I'm a vampire. You better believe it.
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I want my lyrics
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Great music! Good band, voice!
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shannonmarsh a 7 3
These were the days. I would love to go back in time.
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I like this song so much! !!!
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I can't wait to have healed wings I been dead for so long u will never regret it .angel :)
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Kýrie, eléison means Lord, have mercy in Greek, and is a part of many liturgical rites in Eastern and Western Christianity .
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tslandr
Kyrie a leasom. I'm not sure if I spelled that correctly It's Aramaic for lord follow me.
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great music
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It's not meant to be I guess
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Still lovin' this. Wish I could go back to that golden era.
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Just listened to Kyrie...Stil l makes me tear up. ahhhh...
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A true 80's song I wish that the music industry would go back to this golden age of music again
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Broken yes I am!!!!!!!!
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<3 I'm 16 and I love Mr. Mister....wi s h they had more than 4 albums though...
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The song," Broken Wings" takes me back to when life was so much different. The people seem to get together and enjoy life more. The 80's music was and still is some of the best music ever!
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Love Mr. Mister. Kyrie is a great song to listen to on the radio.
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dress up, fashion down,step out..
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