The Breakup Society

The Breakup Society

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Played SXSW in 2007, CMJ 2004. Alternative Press 100 Bands You Need to Know. Spin says "So real you can smell the rec room paneling." Harp Magazine called "James at 35" a "modern-day breakup/kiss-off classic in every sense of the term," comparing it to "This Year's Model." Ira Robbins loved it too.

Biography

Recorded in the desert heat of Mesa, Arizona, "James at 35" is a hook-intensive blast of old-school rock 'n' roll with roots in vintage power-pop, pre-"Tommy" Who, the Troggs and old Phil Spector records, served up with a wall of vocal harmonies that effectively sweeten the deal without taking the edge off the raucous abandon of the band’s performance. A concept album about one loser's struggle to define himself through a series of failed relationships, "James at 35" was written by ex-Frampton Brother Ed Masley, hailed as "the last great unheralded man in American rock" at the All Music Guide. Harp Magazine called "James at 35" a "modern-day breakup/kiss-off classic in every sense of the term," while Pop Matters wrote that "Masley knows what an audience weaned on Big Star, the Raspberries, Cheap Trick, and early Replacements is expecting and he delivers the goods. Every damn song is a three-minute gem, all hooky guitars, ooh aahs, and handclaps," ending their review with "Thirtysomethings have a new voice for
their generation in Ed Masley."
In 2004, The Breakup Society played the CMJ Music Marathon and International Pop Overthrow in LA, Philadelphia and New York City. In 2005, the band was named one of 100 Bands You Need to Know in Alternative Press, while Spin magazine praised the album as "so real you can smell the rec room paneling."
The Breakup Society played SXSW in March of 2007. Two months later, Masley and producer/drummer Bob Hoag put the finishing touches on "Nobody Likes a Winner," which features guest appearances by Scott McCaughey of Young Fresh Fellows, Minus 5 and R.E.M. fame, and Ward Dotson of Gun Club/Liquor Giants fame.

Lyrics

Robin Zander

Written By: Ed Masley

Every girl I ever had a crush on had a bigger crush on you
Robin Zander
Robin Zander
They'd chew upon their pencils reading Tiger Beat
Yeah the girls were sweet on you
Robin Zander
Robin Zander
Had I been cooler then I'm sure I would have found a shrine to you above the bed of every girl in school
Robin Zander
Robin Zander
Robin Zander
Every girl I ever had a crush on had a bigger crush on you
Robin Zander
Robin Zander
Your name across their notebooks in those little schoolgirl hearts I never knew
Robin Zander
Robin Zander
I said your name today and everyone just stood and stared
The conversation stopped
Yeah, everyone just stood and stared
It was like they didn't know you
Like they'd never heard of you
That's when I said 'You know, the one with all the long blonde hair.
In Cheap Trick'
And they remembered you then
Yeah, they remembered you then
Every girl I ever had a crush on had a bigger crush on you
Robin Zander
Robin Zander
If all you are's a footnote won't you tell me, where does that leave you know who?
Robin Zander
I want to go back in time with you
Robin Zander
Go back in time with you

How Failure Saved Me From Myself

Written By: Ed Masley

I could have you destroyed for saying that to me.
Turn your friends against you
One by one or two be three.
But I guess I'm not the monster
I mighta liked to be.
Failure saved me from myself
Saved me from myself
Now I'm no threat to me.

With a wave of my arm,
I could win your love to me
Then run off with your childhood friend
Maybe take her out to sea
But I guess I'm not the animal
I mighta like to be.
Failure saved me from myself
Saved me from myself
Now I'm no threat to me.

I could dine every night
On some rare endangered bird.
Surround myself with sychophants
To hang on every word.
But I guess I'm not the asshole
Your cold heart might have preferred.
Failure saved me from myself
Saved me from myself
Now I'm no threat to me
Not like I was wishin' I could be.

Failure saved me from myself

The World Will Change Our Love

Written By: Ed Masley

You say our love will change the world
You say our love will change the world
But the world will change our love Yeah, the world will change our love We'll get old and gray
And you won't have much to say And our smiles will fade
And makin' lemonade won't cut it no more

You say our love will change the world
You say our love will change the world
But the world will change our love Yeah, the world will change our love
When your work's a drag
And I'm drinkin' from a bag
No receipt for our dues
And you're hooked on TV news
And I'm readin' Camus
Camus

Ooh and what will you do
When it all blows up on you
When it all falls through-oo

You say our love will change the world
You say our love will change the world
But the world will change our love Yeah, the world will change our love If we let it
If we let it

Discography

"James at 35"
The focus track is "Robin Zander"
You can hear three songs at www.myspace.com/thebreakupsociety.
"Nobody Likes A Winner" due to hit the streets in October, 2007, on Get Hip.

Set List

We play most of "James at 35," songs from the forthcoming followup, "Nobody Likes A Winner," even newer songs, some Frampton Brothers stuff ad occasional covers by Elvis Costello, the Kinks, the Who, etc.