John Brodeur

John Brodeur

80 Park Ave #4D, New York, New York, USA
SoloRockSinger/Songwriter

Melodic alt-pop with vintage singer-songwriter soul.

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Biography

Since announcing his arrival with 2001's Tiger Pop, New York artist John Brodeur has produced a series of critically praised recordings as a solo artist and as frontman for The Suggestions and Maggie Mayday. Brodeur is a one-man band in the tradition of Todd Rundgren and Jon Brion, and his music has earned comparisons to Elliott Smith, Beck and Robyn Hitchcock. His new album, Little Hopes (Sojourn Records), finds the restless performer tackling both matters of the heart and battles of the soul, leaping from quirky bedroom-pop to the kind of breezy guitar-rock Performing Songwriter called “power pop at its finest.” It's a confident, tuneful collection that brims with personality—the sound of an artist staying unapologetically true to his own vision. Brodeur has toured the U.S. extensively with the likes of Todd Park Mohr, Greg Laswell, Joe Pernice, Fountains of Wayne, and They Might Be Giants, and his music has been used on NBC, A&E, VH1 and Discovery.

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PRESS QUOTES:

"You’ll want to play this LP over and over. Don’t miss it." -Powerpopaholic

“A fine mix of small studio magic and guitar-fueled power-pop with Brodeur’s always brilliant songwriting providing the glue. . . . Stanza after stanza of world-class lyrics.” --Nippertown

“Pop records like this may be scarce, but when they are of this caliber, they won’t remain under the radar for long.” -Performing Songwriter

“A stoic sentimentalism that may well catapult Mr. Brodeur into the sort of alt-rock pinup status that [Lou] Barlow once enjoyed.” -PopMatters

“An amusing take on matters of the heart. Funny in a bittersweet way.” -New York Post

"Well-crafted songs . . . fascinating imagery and personal lyrics with great musical arrangements." -The Inquisitor

“Brodeur deadpans his urban pop constructions with the same arrogance as Runt-era Todd Rundgren.” -Amplifier

Lyrics

Home

Written By: John Brodeur

Now it's late, and I'm all alone
Same old stool, same old broke pay-phone
But I make a call
You don't hesitate at all
You come and take me home

Every day, I wonder what it's for
There's a field of fire through every open door
But I turn around
And face the demons down
And you will take me home

On some wild last frontier
What am I still doing here
Waiting for my ticket home
And the walls are closing in
Come pick me up again
You're the only thing I know

And when I'm out of fuel
I can count on you
I'm getting through
'cause I found you

If you stay, if you stick around
I will lay all my burdens down
And we can go
Where nobody knows
Who we were before

Throw off the oars
We're coming ashore
Yeah, we're coming home

Confidentially

Written By: John Brodeur

The way things should have been, how they should always be
The whole thing has become a mystery to me
The ups and downs, the yins and yangs have sucked me dry
While I should be asking how, I go on wondering why

And confidentially I’m not really in control
Keep it a secret, don’t tell a soul

I always thought I’d fall in love and that was all
Found out along the way it’s more about the fall
Nobody likes having no one to call their own
Sometimes it makes more sense for us to be alone

And confidentially I sometimes wish you’d stayed
Keep it a secret, don’t throw it away

I’m counting on you
I’ll keep it quiet and you should to
I’m counting on you

Confidentially I sometimes wish you’d stayed
Keep it a secret, don’t throw it away
And confidentially I think this is how it ends
Keep it a secret, don’t tell you friends
Don’t say a word, no matter what they say they’ve heard
Confidentially, my fingers are crossed
I hope this secret don’t get lost

I’m counting on you

Dying for Me

Written By: John Brodeur

You had your chance to give me up
But now too much time has passed and you are stuck
The end of your rope is just a thread
You start to think goodbye is something that you should have said

Trapped inside the box
No no, you didn’t ask for this
And now your fate is sealed with a kiss

Spent all your life a bit off course
Followed a path that only led to locked doors
And your one chance is in your face
You want it so much but you’re so afraid to look the other way

Trapped inside the box
No no, you didn’t ask for this
And now your fate is sealed with a kiss

I can see you’re dying for me
I can see it in your eyes

This is the time, this is the place
It’s now or never, time to meet it face to face
The answer lies within your grasp
Don’t let this moment pass

I can see you’re dying for me
I can see it in your eyes

Infected

Written By: John Brodeur

I’m so in love with you
Infected by your smile
And all my biggest fears
They line up single file
And fall like dominoes
Into your abyss
I’m fractured by your voice
Complicated by your kiss

And when you turn your gaze upon me
I turn to stone
Yours are the bluest eyes
An ocean on which I can float away

I’m completely dazed
Stumbling like a drunk
I’m so into your scene
I want to be the only one
To watch you fall asleep
And be there when you wake
Worshiping my shrine
At the altar of your face

And when there’s nothing on the radio
I dream of you
You are the sweetest song
I sing along to you
(La la la la la la la)

So if you ever go
I will be lonely don’t you know
But I won’t crash and burn
Awaiting your return
‘Cause my heart’s open wide
And my feelings are true
Come on take a ride
I’m so in love with you

It Goes Away

Written By: John Brodeur

Wear a blindfold, blocking it out
I can’t see it and it can’t hurt me, it goes away
You’re not with him, you don’t know him
And I don’t know you anymore
What am I trying to say?

I think about you together
I have a drink and remember
Back when I had you forever

Empty faces, they all look like you
And in the mirror all I see is just a pale blue shadow
And pale blue tears fall full of pale blue memories
From pale blue eyes, oh linger on
And tell me that it’s not so bad

I guess I could have tried harder
And maybe I broke your heart
Why can’t we both be the martyr?

I can remember every smile and every teardrop
Every time you called my name
All these memories, I’ve had enough

I think about you together
And I have another drink
And remember, yeah

So let the cards fall, I’ve played my part
And I can’t see myself running back to you for any reason
Have I changed much and does it matter
When every day has become a bright and shining season
Maybe I’m just fooling myself
I guess we’ll have to wait and see
Just one more thing—and I mean it
I loved you
But the time has come to let it be

Spit It Out

Written By: John Brodeur

Happy birthday on the phone
3 AM
You took 30 pills

Suck the life out of the night
And spit it out
All over the morning

Like a drunk little lamb
Slept on the pike
Almost got killed

What happened to your cigarette?
Do I smell something burning?

Happy endings all around
Keep your feet planted
And when the world stops turning
You’ll be the first one running
And we will all be tuning in
Until you change channels again

Took a ride into town
On your behalf
And lost everything

Can’t expect apology
You’re alive
Just count your blessings

You’re an expert, you’re a pro
You’ve paid your dues
Out like a light

Friends like you are hard to lose
You cost a lot of money

(chorus)

The mirror’s not your friend
It’s no big joke
You can’t go home

(chorus)

Heartbreaker

Written By: John Brodeur

Oh what a mess you’ve made of your life
Oh what a way you have of twisting the knife
Funny, we were both so nervous
Now you’ve got that ring to give you purpose
And I’ve got myself a new story to tell
Have a nice life, I hope he treats you well
But don’t lie to yourself, you can’t change your skin
And I think we both know where you’ve been
Now your eyes are closed and you’re just grabbing
For any old straw, short or long will do
And this will come back to you
This will come back to you
Heartbreaker, you’ll never see this through
And this will come back to you

Love and Misery

Written By: John Brodeur

Doctor doctor, I’m a mess
And I don’t know which pills to take
I’m breaking or I’m broken
And these chemicals, they never compensate

It’s only child’s play to me
All’s fair in love and misery

Give me 20 minutes
And I’ll show you how to ruin your life
I’m like some kind of Frankenstein
My heart, it falls apart under the knife

It’s only child’s play to me
All’s fair in love and misery

Honesty is therapy
When you’ve been lying to yourself
But honestly it’s killing me
So pour yourself a glass
Here’s to your health

It’s only child’s play to me
All’s fair in love and misery

Security

Written By: John Brodeur

I don’t need you to be my blanket
’cause you’ve got too many holes
And I don’t want you to help defend me
I’ve got an army of my own

Security is all I need
And baby you don’t have the key

Here are my hands with nails through them
Hanging from your rearview mirror
Please understand that I don’t hate you
I just don’t want to live in fear

Security is all I need
But baby you don’t have the key
No you don’t
No you don’t

Alarms and locks and barbed wire
Around my heart, my heart

Security is all I need
And baby you don’t have the key
No you don’t even have it
No you don’t
No you don’t

Be True

Written By: John Brodeur

Slow down, take care of yourself
Be honest, be true to me
You’re on a fast track to
Becoming ancient history

It’s not like me to forgive and forget
But I cave in
So smile when you are ready
Happy New Year baby
Let’s do it all again

You’ve lived a lot, but not learned
Pay attention, be true to me
A melancholy cabaret
You sing and dance your way into the street

So tell some dirty jokes
And smoke your cigarettes
You say you want to change
But I ain’t seen it yet

It’s not like me to forgive and forget
But I cave in
So smile when you are ready
Happy New Year baby
Let’s do it all again

Slow down, take care of yourself
Be honest, be true to me
Be honest, be true to me
Be honest, be true to me

Discography

-"Tiger Pop" (Mr. Duck Records, 2000)
-The Suggestions "Mix Tape" EP (Mr. Duck Records, 2003)
-Maggie Mayday S/T EP (2008/12)
-"Get Through" (Mr. Duck Records, 2009)
-"Tiger Pop Ten" (2-CD set, Mr. Duck Records, April 2011)
-"Young Man Vol. 1: Studio Recordings 1994-98" (2011/12)
-"Little Hopes" (Mr. Duck/Sojourn Records, 2013)

Set List

Available for sets ranging from 30 minutes to 3 hours.

Repertoire includes more than 60 original songs, and twice as many cover songs.