Billboard #1 Hits: #586: ‘Broken Wings’- Mr. Mister. December 7, 1985. #1 for 2 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.
- Single: ‘Broken Wings’- Mr. Mister
- Record Company- RCA
- Genre: Pop Rock
- Written by Richard Page, Steve George and John Lang
- Time: 4:30
- B-side: ‘Uniform Of Youth’
- Album-Welcome To The Real World
- Grade: C
- Peaked at #1 2 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #4 in UK Singles Chart # 1 in Canada.
Another lame #1 hit- not awful mind you like “We Built This City’ -but boring. Looking back it is incredible to see that Mr. Mister- what a terrible name for a band- would end up with two #1 hits in a four month period- “Kyrie” would hit #1 in March 1986. They would have four Top 40 hits total- and Mr.Mistermania would come to an end. I didn’t realize their album also went to #1. At the time I wasn’t following the charts- of course I heard the hits but wasn’t all that impressed.
I saw Richard Page as part of Ringo’s All-Starr band several years back. He did this and a few others. He’s kind of obscurely famous! Like u said, not bad but kinda “meh”
I remember Broken Wings and Kyrie. Both have a certain charm but when they go into the numbing repeats time to switch the channel.
Like Rick above… I saw him with Ringo in 2012. It was the same live…very vanilla.
I find it funny how these things sometimes go. And perhaps also a bit arbitrary. I really liked “Broken Wings” when it came out back in the ‘80s. Unlike many other tunes in that department, this one is holding up better for me.
I actually like the simplicity of the bass line, as well the guitar work. The song also has a catchy melody.
Kyrie, on the other hand, never spoke to me.
I loved this group, if that is what you want to call them. Individually, they were, primarily session musicians, working in the background for many others…particularly Richard Page (lead singer/bass player). Steve George was a high-dollar songwriter. Their drummer was a record producer and worked with XTC, King Crimson… They reminded me of Huey Lews & the News in a way.