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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Accept: 30 Years Since The Release of "Breaker"

"Breaker" is the third album released by Accept in 1981.

After the unsuccessful attempt at commercialism on "I´m a Rebel" Accept decided not to allow any more outside people to influence the band. Pulling together in the midst of a very cold winter, the band members concentrated on making the album they themselves wanted to make.

Udo Dirkschneider remembers: "Following our experiences with "I'm a Rebel" we made it our goal not to be influenced musically by anyone outside of the band this time. Udo believes "Breaker" is among Accept's best records and marks the beginning of the band's greatest era - the album title would later become the name of Udo's own record company, Breaker Records.

Wolf Hoffmann concurs: "Maybe we knew that the old approach from the record before didn't work very well. So we were saying 'fuck it, let's just do what we think is right. Let's not try to be somebody else, let's not try to have a radio hit anymore.'" The lone possible concession to commercial interests was the upbeat rocker "Midnight Highway", which Wolf described as "sort of a semi-commercial attempt" and "a little too happy for my tastes."

Much of the rest of the album is angry and defiant in tone, especially the profanity-laced "Son Of A Bitch". Udo describes that song's lyrics as "absolutely anti record company." Wolf explains why this particular song was the only one to not have its lyrics printed inside the album: "On the initial release WE thought it would be a good idea to just put "Censored" on the liner notes for the song to avoid any controversy. Well, it turns out it caused MORE controversy that way with everyone wanting to know who censored it." An alternate version titled "Born To Be Whipped" was recorded with tamer lyrics. Wolf explains: "We had to change it because the British were so uptight about this kind of stuff that you couldn't possibly release the record over there with a song called ´Son Of A Bitch´."

Below you can watch two great live clips from Osaka 1985 of Accept performing "Breaker" and "Son of a Bitch".

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