The Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'Em)

Album: Rockihnroll (1981)
Charted: 15
  • This song is better known as "They Don't Write Em' Like That Anymore," the song's memorable hook. It celebrates the quality of breakup songs in rock's earlier times, as the narrator laments both his recent breakup and the fact that they don't write good breakup songs anymore. It was the first hit for The Greg Kihn Band, and their biggest until they scored with "Jeopardy" in 1983. >>
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    Mike - Santa Barbara, CA
  • Rockihnroll was the sixth album for Greg Kihn Band, who stuck to a Rock sound with a dose of R&B, steadfastly refusing to follow '80s trends, but managing anther hit in 1983 with "Jeopardy." Kihn explained in an interview with Creem how he keeps his music and his songwriting simple. Said Kihn: "I don't know what any song has been about since 1974. I mean, can you tell me what the f--k 'The Union Of The Snake' is supposed to be about? (actually, we can, but Songfacts didn't exist back then) I'm just an economical sort of writer; I don't go reading history books and writing about Cortez; I'd rather write songs about my girlfriend."

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  • Ken from San Mateo, CaThis was his best album - too bad there are no other songs.
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