The Breakup Song by Greg Kihn | electric
An electric guitar lesson on how to play “The Breakup Song” by Greg Kihn from his 1981 album, “RocKihnRoll.”
I heard this the other day when I was driving. It's another tune that I'd pretty well forgotten about. I remember when it came out in the eighties and was all over the radio. I always thought it was a great song with that really driving minor groove. A lot of that groove is the bass part which was played by Steve Wright who co-wrote the song with Greg Kihn. Another example of how something doesn't need to to be complex to be great.
I meant this to be a really simple video but when I was recording my demo of the rhythm parts the whole thing sounded super empty so I decided to add the melody on guitar. One thing lead to another and I wound up doing a three part guitar harmony ala Brian May in the chorus and putting in a solo as well!
When I was researching for this lesson I found out that Joe Satriani was in the Greg Kihn band for about a year. (That's Joe in the picture above on the left...he actually had a pretty good head of hair back then haha!)
That really surprised me, but they were all from the San Francisco area so it sort of makes sense. Also, Jimmy Lyons the guitar player from Eddie money's band was in the group from 1987 to 1996.
Here's a 2011 video of Greg Kihn basically taking the piss out of his own song! Pretty funny...
He's an interesting guy who's been a radio DJ and has written several books! Go figure. Check out his blog page to find out more.
I had a gas putting together the demo for this. It's a great groove to solo over. I hope that you get something from the video. Cheers
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