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The Successful Failures

by The Successful Failures

Originally an alt-country/lo-fi side project for FDR-label owner and Dipsomaniacs' singer/songwriter Mick Chorba., SF has evolved into a full rock n roll outfit with an eclectic sound hard to categorize.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Up to Her Ears
2:15 $0.99
2. Crbaby
2:08 $0.99
3. Letting the Terrorists Win
2:27 $0.99
4. God Knows
2:01 $0.99
5. In Love With Himself
3:09 $0.99
6. Sewer Water
3:34 $0.99
7. Dumb Because We Know
2:36 $0.99
8. If That's the Way That You Want It
2:34 $0.99
9. Successful Failures
2:53 $0.99
10. What You Are
1:58 $0.99
11. Timing Is Terrible
1:59 $0.99
12. Hick Bars
3:02 $0.99
13. I Am a Rock
2:28 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Successful Failures is the new band from FDR-label owner and Dipsomaniacs' singer/songwriter Mick Chorba. Originally an alt-country side project, the group has evolved into a full rock n roll outfit with a sound a bit reminiscent of Guided By Voices, Superdrag, and The Shins with the jangly melodic sensibilities of artists like Marshal Crenshaw and the Moberlys. The Successful Failures secretly recorded their first full-length album in the summer of 2005. Here it is. Buy it please.

The Successful Failures -- The Successful Failures (FDR/Jam): The ever prolific Mick Chorba takes a break from his powerful power poppin' Dipsomaniacs to lead this trio. Chorba's songs are about what you'd expect, with a slightly different musical leaning, as the playing is a bit more rootsy. Arguably, this might be an even better setting for his witty lyrics. What type of guy is Chorba? The type of guy who tells his girl that if she breaks up with him, she's "letting the terrorists win" (which is the title of the song). Chorba litters this mid-tempo gem with great one liners, including a nifty Pink Floyd reference, that I'll leave it you to spot. The band plays a simple mid-tempo blues-rock ballad on "Sewer Water". This is song about a guy in a downward spiral, and but for the melodic middle-eight that is pretty poppy, this song comes across as Faces-inspired, with a hint of country, as well. The title song (or perhaps, the theme song) is so simple -- lyrically and musically, and it's undeniably catchy. It sounds like a lost Tommy Tutone song, especially with Chorba's vocals in the verses. The band throws in a nice cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "I Am a Rock" as a bonus. This is just a likeable rock and roll record, that might appeal to fans of Ray Mason and early Wilco. Review by Mike Bennett -



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Carl M. Nielsen

Guitar Dreams of Power Pop
On a base of 60's sounds mixing elements of Beatles, Stones and Byrds, The Succesful Failures blends up with almost anything happened since. At least all the good stuff. The new wawe of the late 70's such as early Elvis Costello, the melodic side of pop-rock and guitar-rock in the 80's and 90's sometimes with reminences of REM, and so on, to make an outstanding power-pop-blend. This is all about great music, catcy songs and - especialy sweet sounding guitar harmonies, ringin', klingin', twangin' in the right manner. An album with both high air dreams and solid grounding. Real fine stuff.

Jim Testa

concise, catchy power-pop, redolent with hooks, wit, and big trebley guitars
SUCCESSFUL FAILURES (Face Down Records) Originally a side project for the Dipsomaniacs’ (and FDR label owner) Mick Chorba, the Successful Failures eventually took on a life of their own and the result is this delight dozen-track CD of concise, catchy power-pop, redolent with hooks, wit, and big trebley guitars. From the self-deprecating
loser-in-love lament “Letting The Terrorists Win” to the band’s theme song, “Successful Failures” to the twangy alt-country “Hick Bars,” this eponymous debut crackles with a hearty sense of humor, an abundant command of melody, and clever, biting lyrics. For fans of Bastards of Melody, Billionaire Boys Club, Fountains of Wayne, and yes, the
Replacements. – Jim Testa