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Saturday, January 28, 2006

Et tu, 22-20s? January's the Time to Break Up

22-20s have decided to call it a day. In a statement on their website, the band's singer/guitarist Martin Trimble writes that "22-20s have split up. The split was amicable and mutual."

Trimble cited unhappiness with a demanding touring schedule that kept the band playing a type of music they no longer felt connected to as rationale for the band's decision.

He wrote: "Honesty is about playing songs you passionately believe in, playing in a band you passionately believe in and I am no longer able to say that about 22-20s. I am no longer comfortable being in a band named after a blues song."

Trimble is working on a new project.

The recent flurry of band break-ups echoes some recent stories of strife between celebrity couples. Apparently, January is a common time for breakups, at least those of the romantic sort. One or both people might be motivated to stick together through the holidays. Once they're over... they can say, "It's over." The stress and tension of the holidays can also lead to a decision to split. There's likely a special motivation to do so before Valentine's Day.

There is also a theory that people may want to seek a "fresh start" because it's the beginning of a new year. This desire to get a new start would seemingly apply to musical breakups as well.

In the UK, January 12 was dubbed National Breakup Day, because it was supposedly the day couples were most likely to split. U.K. "researchers" announced that one couple in ten breaks up in January. Among their other findings:

- 28% had stayed in a dead relationship for a year or more.
- 18-24 year-olds most often broke up with someone because they flirted with someone else.
- 10% of 35-44 year-olds said life is too short to stay with someone you're unhappy with.
(25-34 year-olds remain a mysterious lot. Maybe they don't break up enough to be researched sufficiently)

These statistics result from a poll done by an online personals company. Those places naturally stand to benefit from all these breakups.

22-20s - The Devil In Me (from 22-20s)

The Mr. T Experience - Don't Go Breaking My Heart (from ...And the Women Who Loved Them)

Saint Etienne - Only Love Can Break Your Heart (from Into the Blue, etc.)

Tenacious D - Kyle Quit The Band (from Tenacious D)


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