The peak year for Just Water was 1978. They were still playing regularly around The City, and occasionally ventured out to nearby states. The Riff and their track on Max's Kansas City Volume II had received positive reviews, and the band was eager to make another album. Eric Dufoure produced a few tracks at Right Track Studios in Manhattan, including "Bowling For Love", "Waiting In The Wings", and the song that was scheduled to be the next single, "Run For President". With money running out, the band moved back to Neal Steingart's Fly Studio to complete the album.
One night while watching Gene Kelly dancing down the street on TV, Mitch came up with a punk rock arrangement for "Singin' In The Rain". Within 24 hours, Just Water recorded it. Eric immediately arranged to have the band photographed in the rain, using his loft shower. Without time to finesse a record sleeve, they slapped Eric's entire contact sheet on the front cover and had Mitch hand-write the liner notes and lyrics on the back. In the next 24 hours, 10,000 copies were pressed, and manager Ken Sanders along with Eric were scrambling to promote and distribute their new single, "Singin' In The Rain", backed with "Witness To The Crime". Within a week, "Singin' In The Rain" was in heavy rotation (7 plays a day) on WABC FM in NYC. Other stations, mostly on the East Coast, quickly followed. Major labels including Elektra and Atlantic tried to get the rights to the single, but the band held out for a multi-record commitment and squandered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a national hit record. In the next few months Stiff Records released "Singin' In The Rain" in Europe. It was too little, too late, and although Just Water was now far more widely known, they were without the backing of a major record label to release the album they had nearly completed. That album, Meet The Competition, went unreleased until 2007.