Mr. Mister was an American atmospheric pop rock band of the 1980s. The band's name came from an inside joke about a Weather Report record called Mr. Gone where they referred to each other as "Mister Fister" or "Mister (insert word here)." Mr. Mister may be considered as representative of the melodic and sophisticated sound of '80s pop rock. The band consisted of Richard Page on vocals and bass guitar, Steve George on keyboards, Pat Mastelotto on acoustic and electronic drums and Steve Farris on guitars.
The second album, 1985's Welcome to the Real World, with lyrics from Page's cousin John Lang, was the breakthrough for Mr. Mister, with three top 10 singles, two of which hit #1 on the U.S. pop charts (most notably "Broken Wings", the chorus of which was later sampled on the 2Pac single "Until the End of Time"). They had several #1 MTV videos and headlined the first MTV Spring Break show in 1986. Mr Mister had several Grammy Award nominations, including the 1986 Grammy for "Best Pop Band" (which was awarded to the"We Are the World" ensemble).
During this time, Mr. Mister toured with other popular acts including Don Henley, The Bangles, Eurythmics, Tina Turner, and Adam Ant. The band's third album was Go On..., which the band said was "some of the best stuff we ever did," showing a much more mature band and a sound that hinted at progressive rock. Nevertheless, Go On... was not a commercial success.
Guitarist Steve Farris left around 1989, replaced by Buzz Feiten and later Trevor Rabin. The band began working on a fourth album, Pull, with session guitarists, but were dropped by their label before it could be released, and the band decided to break up. The album remains unreleased to this day, although one track ("Waiting in My Dreams") later appeared on a 2001 greatest hits collection by the band.
Mastelotto is also a member of the critically acclaimed melodicrock band Mecca, their new album is due out late in 2008.
|Year||Song||US Hot 100||US MSR||US A.C.||Canada||UK singles||Album|
|1984||"Hunters of the Night"||57||-||-||-||-||I Wear the Face|
|1985||"Broken Wings"||1||4||3||1||4||Welcome to the Real World|
|1986||"Is It Love"||8||17||-||20||87|
|1987||"Something Real (Inside Me/Inside You)"||29||27||-||38||-||Go On...|