Breakfast in America (song)
|"Breakfast in America"|
|Single by Supertramp|
|from the album Breakfast in America|
|Recorded||1978 at The Village Recorder/Studio B, Los Angeles, California|
|Writer(s)||Rick Davies, Roger Hodgson|
|Producer(s)||Supertramp, Peter Henderson|
|Supertramp singles chronology|
The song was written by Roger Hodgson before Supertramp were formed, during his late teens, 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. 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. However, in other interviews, Hodgson has credited Davies with creating the vocalized retort line, "What's she got? Not a lot." 
The 2005 song "Cupid's Chokehold" by Gym Class Heroes heavily utilizes the melody of "Breakfast in America" and features Fall Out Boy singer Patrick Stump performing the opening lines of the song as a refrain.
- Roger Hodgson: piano, lead vocals, harmonium, electric guitar
- Rick Davies: harpsichord, backing vocals
- John Helliwell: clarinet, backing vocals
- Dougie Thomson: bass
- Bob Siebenberg: drums
- Slyde Hyde: trombone, tuba
|German Singles Chart||23|
|UK Singles Chart||9|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||62|
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- (2009). 30th Anniversary Supertramp Feature, In the Studio.
- "EXCLUSIVE: Roger Hodgson Explains His Reaction To Supertramp Tour - Undercover.fm News". Undercover.fm. 2010-04-25. Retrieved 2016-10-14.
- "CRR Interview - Roger Hodgson: What's He Got? Quite A Lot!". Classicrockrevisited.com. Retrieved 2016-10-14.
- "Chartverfolgung / Supertramp / Single". Music Line (in German). Germany: Media Control Charts. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
- allmusic ((( Supertramp > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))