Breakfast in America (song)

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"Breakfast in America"
Single by Supertramp
from the album Breakfast in America
B-side "Gone Hollywood"
Released June 1979
Recorded 1978 at The Village Recorder/Studio B, Los Angeles, California
Genre Pop rock, progressive rock
Length 2:38
Label A&M
Writer(s) Rick Davies, Roger Hodgson
Producer(s) Supertramp, Peter Henderson
Supertramp singles chronology
"The Logical Song"
(1979)
"Breakfast in America"
(1979)
"Goodbye Stranger"
(1979)

"Breakfast in America" is the title track from Supertramp's 1979 album of the same name. It was a minor hit on the singles charts in the US but was a Top 10 hit in the UK.[1]

The song was written by Roger Hodgson before Supertramp were formed, during his late teens,[2] but is jointly credited to him and his bandmate/songwriting partner Rick Davies. Davies wanted Hodgson to re-write the by-then over a decade old lyrics, but Hodgson refused, feeling that they were too intrinsic to the song and captured the innocence of his adolescence.[2] The lyrics tell about a person who has never been to America and fantasizes about it. After Supertramp started performing the song during a "reunion" tour without Hodgson, Hodgson pointedly told reporters that Davies initially "hated" the song and that he believed Davies did not play on the recording at all.[3] However, in other interviews, Hodgson has credited Davies with creating the vocalized retort line, "What's she got? Not a lot." [4]

The 2005 song "Cupid's Chokehold" by Gym Class Heroes samples the music and chorus line from this song. The song was also sampled in Drake's "Stunt Hard" and singer James Blunt performed a live version of the song which featured on the deluxe edition of his second album All The Lost Souls.

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Chart (1979) Peak
position
German Singles Chart[5] 23
UK Singles Chart[1] 9
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[6] 62

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