Besides "Alone," the first Rubinoos album is graced with excellent originals by guitarist/songwriter Tommy Dunbar (younger brother of Earth Quake's Robbie Dunbar), including the peppy "Leave My Heart Alone," the sprightly neo-soul of "Hard To Get," and the Raspberries-like rocker "Rock and Roll Is Dead." Power pop great "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" was the lead single from the band's second album, Back To the Drawing Board in '78.
Recalled Kaufman, "'Boyfriend' [recorded in England] was played on the BBC more than any other record I had ever done, and just then all of these kids were buying Sex Pistols records and didn't want to hear boy-next-door rock. It was my biggest heartbreak. You miss by a day, you miss by a year, you miss," he philosophized.
Kaufman didn't miss with Greg Kihn. Kihn, like Kaufman from Baltimore, moved to Berkeley in '74 and sang backup on Earth Quake and Richman records before forming his own band. His second album, Kihn Again, contains a fine Byrds-ish version of Bruce Springsteen's "For You," and a stomping version of Buddy Holly's "Love's Made a Fool Of You" (powered by lead guitarist Dave Carpenter).
Every subsequent Kihn album charted. '81's Rockihnroll contained Kihn's breakthrough single, "The Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'Em)" - an exceptional midway point between Buddy Holly of the '50s, and the Gin Blossoms of the '90s. Led by the relentless, clavinet-powered single "Jeopardy," Kihnspiracy shocked the world by reaching No. 15 in '83.
Kaufman licensed the label to Rhino in 1986 and moved on - his legacy is strong.