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Re: Band: Breaking Circus

Postby Minotaur029 on Sat Aug 01, 2009 12:35 pm

Bumped.

Steve Bjorklund, you are a brilliant asshole. Your records were goooood.

Just got through Smokers' Paradise for about the millionth time. Moving on to The Very Long Fuse now. Man. How did you do that?
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Re: Band: Breaking Circus

Postby warmowski on Sat Aug 01, 2009 1:04 pm

Love BC. A band I was in did an okay cover of Eat Lead.

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Re: Band: Breaking Circus

Postby catwoman on Sun Aug 02, 2009 9:40 am

Breaking Circus. I think that they should have received a whole lot more attention and recognition than they ever got back in the day.

Just brilliant. Incredible tunes, lyrics always interesting, sometimes funny, always smart.
"ohhh, it's nice out, guess I'll leave it out all day..." (this always makes me laugh; it's that kinda stupid smartass wordplay that's a bit unexpected that makes it good.)

Made sure to see them EVERY time they came down to Chicago. I even think we may have road-tripped up to Mnpls, to see them or RifleSport. Heh. One roadtrip up there, we stayed at Steve and Todd's...I'm thinking he and Todd shared a place back then? Or was it Chris Johnson, or both? Damned memory is for shit now, only a few decades later.

Anyway, both Bjorklund brothers are amazingly talented, going back to their Strike Under stuff, as well. I've always considered Breaking Circus to be a CHICAGO band, even if they did end up based in Minneapolis ultimately. Reissues would be fantastic.
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Re: Band: Breaking Circus

Postby zom-zom on Mon Aug 03, 2009 9:10 am

Todd and Steve did share an apartment. Chris may have also been a resident, I can't recall too clearly either.

Funny, Chris and I were just talking about the "leave it out" lyrics just the other day. Chris plays guitar with me these days in Kontrol Panel.
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Re: Band: Breaking Circus

Postby cesb on Mon Aug 03, 2009 2:13 pm

catwoman wrote:Breaking Circus. I think that they should have received a whole lot more attention and recognition than they ever got back in the day.


It seemed like they were just starting to get covered quite a bit nationally (Spin, etc.) at the time they stopped making records. I mean they only ever put out an album and 2 EPs.
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Re: Band: Breaking Circus

Postby zom-zom on Mon Aug 03, 2009 2:14 pm

They got plenty of attention, I recall an article in the New York Times even.

Remember, we didn't have no internets back then kids.
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Re: Band: Breaking Circus

Postby Minotaur029 on Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:48 pm

zom-zom wrote:They got plenty of attention, I recall an article in the New York Times even.

Remember, we didn't have no internets back then kids.


Robert Palmer in the New York Times on March 18, 1987 wrote:
Breaking Circus Returns With 'The Ice Machine'

''The Ice Machine,'' the new Homestead album by Breaking Circus, has been eagerly awaited wherever the group's 1985 EP, ''The Very Long Fuse,'' became a turntable favorite. Since the release of that first record, with its metallic guitar grandeur and unforgettable songs about uncommon subjects, the only thing that's been heard from Breaking Circus was one terrific song, ''Driving the Dynamite Truck,'' on the Twin/Tone Records sampler album ''Big Hits From Mid-America Volume Four.''

It turns out that Breaking Circus used to be mostly a studio project, but ''The Ice Machine'' and a series of recent New York appearances introduced the new, slimmed-down, three-piece Breaking Circus lineup: the songwriter, singer and guitarist Steve Bjorklund, plus the drummer Todd Trainer and the bassist Pete Conway, who do double duty with Circus and the band Rifle Sport. Any fears that Mr. Bjorkland on his own wouldn't be able to match the wide-screen wall-of-guitars sound of the earlier records were groundless. ''The Ice Machine'' comes whizzing in on a relentless attack and as much soaring, squalling guitar damage as one could wish for. And the songs are as thoughtful as ever, with a plain-spoken honesty and incisive approach to existential dilemmas that give even the most thunderous songs some real depth. This is a band that deserves a hearing; hopefully it won't take them two years to record the follow-up album.

(*Photo of Pete Conway, Steve Bjorklund and Todd Trainer*)
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Re: Band: Breaking Circus

Postby catwoman on Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:45 pm

cesb wrote:It seemed like they were just starting to get covered quite a bit nationally (Spin, etc.) at the time they stopped making records. I mean they only ever put out an album and 2 EPs.


and speaking of SPIN, I uncovered a cache of old ones from mid to late 80's. Half tempted to just sit on the floor and flip through each one to see if there's anyone/anything worth clipping... Or maybe scanning? Sheeze. Anybody want them?
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Re: Band: Breaking Circus

Postby Minotaur029 on Tue Aug 04, 2009 11:19 pm

catwoman wrote:Anybody want them?


Almost certainly.

Wait, certainly.
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Re: Band: Breaking Circus

Postby SecondEdition on Tue Aug 04, 2009 11:22 pm

hey, what do these guys sound like? I think I want to check 'em out...
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Re: Band: Breaking Circus

Postby catwoman on Wed Aug 12, 2009 4:56 pm

Minotaur029 wrote:
catwoman wrote:Anybody want them?


Almost certainly.

Wait, certainly.


you serious?
or just yanking my chain?
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Re: Band: Breaking Circus

Postby zom-zom on Thu Aug 13, 2009 1:33 pm

On a sadder and related note, Steve and Chris Bjorklund's father passed away yesterday.
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Re: Band: Breaking Circus

Postby Minotaur029 on Thu Aug 13, 2009 1:35 pm

zom-zom wrote:On a sadder and related note, Steve and Chris Bjorklund's father passed away yesterday.


That is sad. Condolences.

Catwoman, I still have to respond to your PM. Sorry, I've been preoccupied.
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Re: Band: Breaking Circus

Postby Mark Hansen on Thu Aug 13, 2009 2:24 pm

zom-zom wrote:On a sadder and related note, Steve and Chris Bjorklund's father passed away yesterday.


Zom-Zom, please tell them I am sorry for their loss.
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Re: Band: Breaking Circus

Postby Jodi S. on Thu Aug 13, 2009 10:10 pm

zom-zom wrote:On a sadder and related note, Steve and Chris Bjorklund's father passed away yesterday.

Sad news.
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Re: Band: Breaking Circus

Postby i'm not beck on Tue Feb 21, 2012 6:05 am

Great band. Reminds me of a kinda Psychedelic Furs feel, I like this.
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Re: Band: Breaking Circus

Postby OrthodoxEaster on Tue Feb 21, 2012 9:43 am

Crazy about this band. Hadn't thought of their records in a very, very long time, however, which is a pity.

My favorite stuff is on The Ice Machine. I enjoy all three of the main releases (though not so much the final 7" comprised of synth-laden cover songs performed by a solo Steve Bjorklund). But the lean, mean trio era is my favorite. Solid rhythm section, throaty nicotine vocals, razor-wire guitars, very few frills. Some kinda midpoint between the noise rock of the era (most of which would probably make Bjorklund bristle) and an earlier postpunk sound, but w/solid songwriting.

Was always very curious if there was any more studio material by that odd, transitional lineup (w/two members of Man Sized Action) that recorded "Driving the Dynamite Truck."

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Re: Band: Breaking Circus

Postby DregsInTheCrowd on Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:27 am

OrthodoxEaster wrote:Was always very curious if there was any more studio material by that odd, transitional lineup (w/two members of Man Sized Action) that recorded "Driving the Dynamite Truck."


I have not heard about this. Need to find.

EDIT: OK, that didn't take long. It's on Youtube.
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Re: Band: Breaking Circus

Postby timpickens on Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:52 am

I love Smokers' Paradise and The Very Long Fuse.

I still need to grab The Ice Machine. I've seen some pretty cheap copies floating around ebay.
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Re: Band: Breaking Circus

Postby RSMurphy on Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:02 pm

Great, great band. A little confounding, which is the sign of a great, great band. I've had "The Imperial Clawmaster's Theme" stuck in my head all morning thanks to this thread.
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