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Breakfast With Girls Limited Edition

4.7 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 13, 1999)
  • Limited Edition edition
  • Original Release Date: July 13, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Dreamworks
  • ASIN: B00000JMWU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,422 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Boasting enough big pop hooks to make John Lennon smile in his grave, and with enough irony to satisfy a small nation, Matt Mahaffey (aka Self) is the pride of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This small college town of 75,000 is where he honed his craft; drumming for bluegrass and reggae groups and assisting local rappers in the studio. Finally, after a short-lived major label deal and a bizarro guitarless record, The Half-Baked Serenade, Mahaffey is back with the brilliant third installment in the saga of Self, entitled Breakfast With Girls. It's a record that seems to walk the common ground between his guitar-oriented `95 debut, Subliminal Plastic Motives and Serenade, and whether he's messing around with string sections ("What Are You Thinking?"), ancient Casio keyboards ("Uno Song") or building entire songs around LL Cool J samples (the title track), everything that Mahaffey touches turns to gold. And he accentuates these songs perfectly with a unique, clever lyrical style, such as in tracks like "Paint By Numbers," a witty condemnation of prepackaged top 40 garbage ("Why tear out my heart, for all the world to see?/Why not paint by numbers, catchy melodies?") and a quirkiness that can be found on the off-center lettering on the album's cover. Breakfast With Girls seems just too smart and eclectic to make it in today's musical world where the melodically challenged rule, but at least do yourself a favor; become one of the informed ones and pick this record up today. You'll remember what good music sounded like.
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what a shame - it just may be that the only people that ever heard this album are those who reviewed it here, and those who live in matt mahaffey's home town. i literally stumbled upon it based solely on the other reviewer's recommendations. this is a beautiful pop album, in the spirit of beck and the beach boys. songs like 'meg ryan', 'suzie q...', 'paint by numbers', and last but not least 'what are you thinking' are pure pop perfection. 'what are you thinking' is a masterpiece of modern pop. i burn a lot of cd mixes for people, and nothing gives me more pleasure than to include one or all of these songs on one made for a friend who loves 'radio rock'. i agree with another reviewer when he/she says that they only wish that they could make music like this too. i bought his first two albums after hearing this one, and subliminal plastic motives is excellent as well.
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Matt Mahaffey is a man with a lot going on in his head. And luckily for us he takes a lot of it and releases it as some powerful pop music. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of pop and knows how to put together mini-epics that sound like somebody put Jellyfish in the blender with Beck, Nirvana and Ben Folds Five. But comparing Self to other bands is disingenuous because Mahaffey is a real original. These songs will never leave your skull--you'll hum and sing the tunes when you least expect it. If you like great pop melodies, tons of energy (crunchy guitars, groovy breakbeats) and an unusual sense of fun, you can't go wrong with this disc....
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I got this album several years ago after hearing the fantastic single "Paint By Numbers" off the "Dead Man on Campus" soundtrack. The first time I heard the album, I was sorry I bought it, but by listen number three, I felt like I never wanted to put another album in my CD player. If you like bands like Weezer and Lit and Jimmy Eat World, you'll also like Self. Every song on the CD isn't great, but it also contains five or six of the best songs I've ever heard in my life (and I can say this many years after first hearing the CD). This album is an unbelievable masterpiece.
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If you asked someone if they have heard of Self, chances are they'll say who? Matt Mahaffey(the only permanent member) has even joked that if you requested Self on the radio, they would probably play Seal, instead. It's a real shame, too, because Self is probably the best pop act out there, and the new album, Ornament and Crime, will likely never see the light of day. It's also unlikely that the band will be touring anytime soon, because lead guitarist and Matt's brother, Mike Mahaffey recently passed away in May of 2005.

As great as Self is, it's easy to see why they've never caught on. Their songs are catchy, but they don't really fit into any existing radio formats. Despite their hip-hop influences, stations that would normally play that type of music ignore them because it's rock oriented, and rock stations won't play Self because of the hip hop influence. And pop stations are out of the question. It's a little too out there for those listeners.

Self has also been through some bad management issues with their major label, Dreamworks Records. Dreamworks always loved Matt's work and had him do some work for both Shrek films, and payed for him to do tracks for other movies which didn't get used. The problem is they had no idea how to market Self, and they ended up throwing support to bands like Powerman 5000 and Papa Roach, which aren't too bad, but not on the same level as Self.

To make things worse the music section of Dreamworks was bought by Universal Records. Self has a new album, Ornament and Crime, that is ready to be released. Universal is hesitant to release it though, because they believe it will be a flop. If there was ever a Self album that would break into the mainstream this is it.
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