The Breakfast Club was a pop music band from New York City, New York. The band formed in 1979 and underwent several line-ups, including one where pop singer Madonna (yes, the Madonna) was the drummer.
In the early ’80s, the Breakfast Club included brothers Dan (who sang lead vocals & played guitar) & Ed (who played guitar as well) Gilroy, Madonna (who also sang lead vocals) and bassist Angie Smit. Madonna ended up leaving the Breakfast Club to create a new band called Emmy and the Emmys.
In the mid-’80s, the band consisted of the Gilroy brothers (with Dan as the vocalist and Ed as the guitarist, bassist Gary Burke, keyboardist Paul Kauk and drummer Stephen Bray. The Breakfast Club were first signed to ZE Records, but they later signed with MCA Records and two new members: bassist Randy Jackson and percussionist E. Doctor Smith joined the band.
In 1984, the Breakfast Club released their debut single “Rico Mambo” which didn’t appear to make the charts at all. A re-recorded version of the song was released as a single in 1986, but once again, it didn’t chart.
Their second single “Right on Track” became a hit, peaking at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, #7 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #64 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart (staying on the chart for 8 weeks) in 1987. The song was also moderately successful in the United Kingdom & Australia.
In 1987, the band released their debut (and only) self-titled album which peaked at #43 on the Billboard 200 chart.
The third single from the album “Kiss and Tell” peaked at #48 on the Billboard Hot 100. The fourth single “Never Be the Same” peaked at #8 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart, but missed the Hot 100.
The last single released from the album “Expressway to Your Heart” peaked at #30 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and also missed the Billboard Hot 100.
In 1988, the Breakfast Club were featured on the soundtrack to the film “License to Drive” with a cover version of the Beatles’ song “Drive My Car” which was released as a single, but didn’t chart. During that same year, they were also nominated for “Best New Artist” at the Grammy Awards, but lost to Jody Watley.
The band recorded a second album, but it was never released and after that, the Breakfast Club disbanded.
Since then, Stephen Bray went on to co-write songs for Madonna and in 2005, he made his Broadway debut as the composer & lyricist for the play “The Color Purple” in which he was nominated for a Tony Award for his work on the show.
Dan Gilroy briefly dabbled in acting, appearing in children’s TV programs such as “Mother Goose Rock ‘n’ Rhyme” and “Mrs. Piggle Wiggle.”
In April of 2016, the Breakfast Club released an EP called “Percolate” which features songs from their unreleased sophomore album.
To see a fan-made video for “Rico Mambo,” go to:
To see the music video for “Right on Track,” go to:
To see the music video for “Kiss and Tell,” go to:
To see the music video for “Never Be the Same,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “Expressway to Your Heart,” go to:
To see the music video for “Drive My Car,” go to: