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The Breakaways
The Breakaways

Track Listing
1. Everyday Things
2. One Way Ticket
3. Radio Station
4. Little Suzy
5. Working Too Hard
6. Thing Of The Past
7. I Dont Fit In
8. Will You Come Through
9. House On The Hill
10. Do You Want To Love Me
11. Let Me Into Your Life
12. USA
13. Walking Out On Love

The thirteen songs include a few that had been recorded by the Nerves such as “One Way Ticket” and “Working Too Hard,” as well as originals that would become staples for the Plimsouls (“Everyday Things”) and Beat (“I Don’t Fit In,” “Let Me Into Your Life,” “USA” and “Walking Out on Love”). Even more interesting to fans are the originals that didn’t make it past these rough demos. “Radio Station” features the deep reverb guitar and impassioned vocal Case would perfect with the Plimsouls, “Will You Come Through?” has the ringing guitar of a P.F. Sloan folk rocker, and “House on the Hill” shows off Case’s rock ‘n’ soul sound.

In addition to the songs Collins would re-record with the Beat, he offers the driving drums and Everly-styled harmonies of “Little Suzy” and the rhythm-guitar propelled “Do You Want to Love Me?” As Collins notes in the liners, “this is the sound of pop on the streets of Los Angeles circa 1978, no money, no deals, just the burning desire to make something happen in a town without pity.” Case and Collins approached these sessions with the unbridled passion and total dedication of musicians without masters - no label, no audience, no radio stations, no managers or agents, just the muse of pop music. The recordings may be fuzzy in spots, but the invention is clear as a chiming bell. - HYPERBOLIUM


The Breakaways never had an official release, but this 13-cut collection compiles excellent studio recordings, demos and acoustic rehearsals from the group, and any powerpop fanatic, and obviously fans of the Nerves, Plimsouls or Beat albums, will be thrilled with the discovery. There are several songs that overlap with some of the other projects, including a harmony-laden acoustic version of the Nerves’ "One Way Ticket," and a great full-band studio take of "Working Too Hard," which was a Nerves staple as well as appearing on the first Beat album. The group sputtered out before it got off the ground, morphing into the Beat as Case left to pursue his own "solo" career with the Plimsouls - the Breakaways were a rare band blessed with too many talented singer/songwriters(!) - but this recently unearthed trove is a wonderful glimpse at what might have been. These guys both continued their quests for the perfect pop confection with different bands, but not before Walking Out on Love. – JOSH MADELL / OTHER MUSIC


Continuing on the same punked-up garage pop path of the Nerves, Case and Collins bang out a baker’s dozen power pop gems (“Everyday Things,” “Little Suzy,” “USA,” “Radio Station”) with sharp melody, tight skill and unabashed enthusiasm. Due to budgetary concerns and multiple locations, the fidelity is all over the place - it’s only by the grace of the songs and performances that tracks like “I Don’t Fit In” and “Will You Come Through?” are salvageable at all. But there’s not a duff tune in the bunch - Collins obviously agreed, as many of his tunes (including the popular “Walking Out On Love” and “Working Too Hard”) ended up in the Beat’s repertoire. Case’s songs, strangely, were never re-recorded, not even with the Plimsouls, whose catalog seems to be the natural repository for a song like “House On the Hill.” While that means Case diehards definitely need this, arguably any power pop fan, especially of the late 70s/early 80s variety, would love to add this to his or her library. – MICHAEL TOLAND / THE BIG TAKEOVER


If the Nerves were the great lost band of the L.A. power pop scene, then the Breakaways should at least rank in the Top Ten. After Jack Lee left the Nerves, his bandmates Peter Case and Paul Collins wasted no time in starting a new group, the Breakaways, and while that band would last less than a year and dissolve without releasing a record, they were the crucial stepping stone that led to Case forming the sublime Plimsouls and Collins cutting a pair of top-notch albums with the Beat. - ALL MUSIC GUIDE

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The fact that Peter Case never knew that these recordings existed should drop a huge powerpop fat man bomb beneath your ass, and alert you lazy mp3 downloading click happy trigger fingers to the importance of this discovery. Gee, and you thought the discovery of King Tuts tomb by Howard Carter was the most important unearthing of the last 100 + years!

The Breakaways are basically Peter Case and Paul Collins with different guitar players that subsequently were lured and plied with various devices of torture and alcohol. After the demise of the prototype band –The Nerves; Peter and Paul continued forging the path towards making the perfect pop hit and damn they came close to nailing the bull’s-eye! Why The Plimsouls or The Beat songs are not sung from the mouths of babe’s right up to nursing home sing-alongs is a travesty of colossal size and dimension. Once again…..I won’t harp on it but the public likes to be spoon-fed sugarcoated swill. Yes sir, I will obey. Your wish is my command. Lady Gaga has wonderful breasts and is my favorite singer. I will worship her labia and the label she is on. I will buy all her records and rarities. Get the point! You robotic pop loving three headed monster machine!

Once you get your head out of the precipitating clouds your throbbing grey mass may begin to fathom that some of the musical swill on the rollercoaster ride through neurons and protons is blinking …RECOGNTION! (Insert subliminal message here-The Breakaways are bigger than Jesus!)

Yes, folks step right up and listen to the amazing Breakaways play songs made popular by the ever so loved “The Nerves”. Slip into the whirring blinking time machine towards future earth and discover that Paul Collins’ The Beat reinvented songs from the Breakaway sessions but no folks that is not all…Sham Wow! Peter Case also reinvented songs from these sessions using them for his band- The Plimsouls.

These intrepid warriors of power pop were bitten by an infectious rock and roll syringe and fans mollycoddled their every breath, note and lyric until they mutated into two factions and continued the quest for the perfect hit. - CHRISTOPHER DUDA / SUGARBUZZ MAGAZINE


CD Between the breakup of L.A. power pop legends The Nerves and the formation of their equally legendary bands The Beat (not to be confused with the English Beat) and the Plimsouls, Paul Collins and Peter Case had a band called the Breakaways. Although the group never really quite got off the ground, they did manage to record a few demos of some tunes from the Nerves’ set list and, in the case of the title track, some that would also feature in the Beat’s future set list. These tapes were apparently mislaid for many a moon, but have been rediscovered and released. The sound quality is great considering these are demos and they’re some thirty-odd years old, and the songs, well, we are talking about the dudes responsible for “Rock ’n’ Roll Girl” and “A Million Miles Away,” so of course the tunes are top notch. – JIMMY ALVARADO / ALIVE

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