Meet Mr. Mister [PHOTOS] [VIDEOS]
Mr. Mister is a pop/new wave band that made it big in the mid-1980s. It was founded in 1982 in Los Angeles by Richard Page and his childhood pal Steve George.
Page handled vocals and bass guitar. George was on keyboards. The band was rounded out by Pat Mastelotto on accoustic and electronic drums, and Steve Farris on guitars.
Richard Page had previously worked as a session musician for composer Quincy Jones. He had written songs for Michael Jackson, Kenny Loggins, Donna Summer and others. Both Page and Steve George sang background on other artist’s albums (Laura Branigan and the Village People), while working on their own original songs for what would become Mr. Mister.
When the first Mr. Mister album”I Wear The Face” was released in 1984 (with little notice), Richard Page was offered the new lead singer position with “Toto,” and the chance to replace Peter Cetera in “Chicago.” He refused both. Good thing, as Mr. Mister’s breakout was right around the corner in 1985!
“Welcome To The Real World,” the band’s second album, took the radio airwaves, and MTV, by storm!
“Broken Wings” and “Kyrie” both landed at #1 for 2 weeks in late 1985, and early 1986, respectively.
The third single, “Is It Love” landed at #8 in the spring of 1986.
Amongst the band’s honors: performing at the first MTV Spring Break Show in 1986. They also had two Grammy Awards nominations, including Best Pop Band (which went to “USA For Africa–We Are The World”).
As a testament to their popularity, Mr. Mister toured with Don Henley, the Bangles, Eurythmics, Tina Turner and Adam Ant!
The band’s third album “Go On…” was not a commercial success….
“Something Real (Inside Me/Inside You)” stalled at #29 on the charts in the fall of 1987.
Guitarist Steve Farris left in 1989. A new album, “Pull” was started at this time, with some session musicians joining the band. When the album was completed in 1990, RCA Records decided not to release it. Mr. Mister soon broke up.
All four original band members went on to write songs for others, and play with other bands over the years. Richard Page wrote Madonna’s 1993 hit “I’ll Remember.”
Mr. Mister “Greatest Hits” compilations were released in 1999, and 2000.
The 1990 unreleased album “Pull” was remastered and (finally) released on Richard Page’s independent record label in 2010.