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Is that it? Hardly. Katrina of the Waves still walking on sunshine

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Published Aug. 17, 2017

Appearing on both Retro Futura and The '80s Cruise is Katrina Leskanich, who we know better as Katrina of Katrina & the Waves. When thinking about Katrina & the Waves hopefully you don't label Katrina & the Waves as a one-hit wonder. They had three Top 40 hits in the U.S. including Do You Want Crying, which we featured on Lost and Found in 2014. In 1986, the Waves had the daunting task of following up Walking On Sunshine and a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist (they lost to Sade).

Is That It? was the first single off their 1986 album Waves, and the perception that it tanked is incorrect as the album went gold. However, Is That It? did not hit the Top 40 peaking at No. 70. The stop action video for Is That It? is still fun as the band hams it up and appears to enjoy each other - something that must have kept the band together until 1997 even after the hits stopped.

Katrina Leskanich still performs all the bands hits, though Wave guitarist Kimberly Rew is the bandmember who probably cashes the biggest checks. In 2016, Rew sold his rights to Walking On Sunshine (and all his other songs like Going Down To Liverpool) to BMG Music for ten million pounds (about 13 million U.S. dollars) as Walking On Sunshine alone reportedly makes over a million dollars annually on royalties.