Broken Star

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Broken Star
Broadways - Broken star.jpg
Studio album by The Broadways
Released 1998
Recorded September 1997 at Atlas Studios, Chicago, Illinois
Genre Punk rock
Length 43:12
Label Asian Man Records
Producer Matt Allison
The Broadways chronology
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Broken Van
(2000)Broken Van2000

Broken Star is the debut album by The Broadways.


In 2007 and 2008, Asian Man Records announced plans to reissue both of the band's albums on vinyl and CD. Broken Star had long since sold out on vinyl, while its successor Broken Van had been CD-only; both had for some time been out of stock on CD. [1]

Track listing[edit]

Brackets denote the main vocalist/lyricist.

  1. "15 Minutes" (Hanaway) – 3:12
  2. "Everything I Ever Wanted to Know About Genocide I Learned in the Third Grade" (Kelly) – 1:58
  3. "The Kitchen Floor" (McCaughan) – 1:25
  4. "Police Song" (Hanaway, McCaughan) – 2:48
  5. "Upton" (Kelly, spoken word by McCaughan) – 3:03
  6. "Restless" (McCaughan) – 3:42
  7. "Jonathan Kozol Was Right..." (Kelly, some lines by Hanaway and McCaugahn) – 2:43
  8. "We'll Have a Party" (Hanaway) – 4:33
  9. "Red Line" (Kelly) – 2:07
  10. "I Hear Things Are Just as Bad Down in Lake Erie" (Hanaway, McCaughan, Kelly) – 4:34
  11. "Fuck You Larry Koesche, I Hope You Starve and Die Someday" (Hanaway) – 3:27
  12. "25 Degrees North" (Kelly) – 2:01
  13. "Ben Moves to California" (Hanaway, Kelly) – 2:10
  14. "The Pope of Chili-Town" (Kelly) – 1:54
  15. "The Nautical Mile" (McCaughan; lyrics co-written with Sean Nader) – 3:38



  • The passage spoken by Chris at the close of "Upton" is an excerpt from Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children. [2]
  • Brendan Kelly has stated: "Larry Koesche is the manager of a grocery store who prevented some of us from getting food out of the dumpsters behind the store." This ties in with the song's theme of homelessness.
  • During a live show [3] Brendan revealed that the "my friend" from "25 Degrees North" is the same one from the Big City Life / Broken Van song "I Think I Shall Never See..."
  • The album's cover is a portrait called "New York Child," a photograph of 2 year-old Juliet Auchincloss, taken by Irving Penn in 1949.[1]