There are few better examples of the injustice of the term “one-hit wonder” than Freedy Johnston. Although he fits the description with his lone hit single, 1994’s “Bad Reputation,” his output before and after his one ubiquitous smash has been every bit as deserving of commercial acceptance as his signature song and This Perfect World, the brilliant album that spawned it.
After releasing a live album and a demo collection with Bar/None and self-releasing 2007’s My Favorite Waste of Time, a cool covers compilation, Johnston recorded 2010’s Rain on the City, his first new studio album for Bar/None in a decade and a half and a beautiful return to form
. In 2012, Johnston teamed with Jon Dee Graham and Susan Cowsill to form The Hobart Brothers and Lil Sis Hobart and released At Least We Have Each Other
, and this year has found him working on a new album, Neon Repairman
, which will hopefully see the light of day soon.
Freedy Johnston plays a free show Wednesday, Oct. 30 at MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine.