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Meet the ’80s band Breakfast Club [PHOTOS, VIDEOS]

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If you think that these are related, you’re “off track.” (Craig Allen photo)

The band “Breakfast Club” has no relation to the “brat pack” movie “The Breakfast Club.” As a matter of fact, the band pre-dates the same-named ’80s iconic celuloid masterpiece!

Breakfast Club, the band, formed in New York City in the late 1970’s.  Its original drummer would go on to everlasting fame and fortune early in the “Big Decade”…Madonna!

The initial lineup also included Angie Smit on bass, Dan and Ed Gilroy on guitars (with Dan handling lead vocals).  Madonna was briefly Dan’s girlfriend, and occasionally she was allowed to sing with the band.

Madonna would move on to form her own band, Emmy…which would break up, as Madonna’s  fame grew as a solo artist.

By about 1985, Breakfast Club consisted of the Gilroy brothers: Dan concentrated on singing, with Ed on guitar. Gary Burke joined the band, playing the bass.  Also, Paul Kauk on keyboards, and Stephen Bray on drums.

Both Burke and Bray had been in Madonna’s band, Emmy.

Bray, like Dan Gilroy, had also been Madonna’s boyfriend at one point…

In 1987, Breakfast Club signed a record deal, and “Breakfast Club” (the album) was released on the MCA label.

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“Right On Track” would land at #7 on the Hot 100 charts!

Followup singles “Never Be The Same” and a cover version of the 1960’s Motown hit “Expressway To Your Heart” barely blipped on the charts.

A second Breakfast Club album was recorded, but never released.

New band mates would join the lineup.

The Breakfast Club’s last song was a cover version of the Beatles “Drive My Car,” and was included on the soundtrack for the 1988 movie “License To Drive,” starring the Corey’s (Corey Feldman and Corey Haim). As a side note, that soundtrack spawned the top-10 hit “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car” by Billy Ocean…

Later in 1988, the band “Breakfast Club” was no more.

Stephen Bray would co-write several hits with Madonna.

Dan Gilroy would go on to star in children’s programs.

The only Breakfast Club “album,” back cover. (Craig Allen photo)

It is rather interesting to note that the Breakfast Club not only included Madonna in her pre-fame days, but two members who dated Madonna…and to this date, there has never been an effort to “cash in” on this lineup, as no “early recordings” have ever been released.

I’m just thinking out loud here.

BTW: The “80’s Cover Band/Tribute Band” Breakfast Club is unrelated.


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