Breakfast at Tiffany's (song)

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"Breakfast at Tiffany's"
Breakfast at Tiffany's single.jpg
Single by Deep Blue Something
from the album 11th Song and Home
ReleasedJuly 4, 1995
FormatCD single, cassette
GenreAlternative rock, pop rock, jangle pop
Songwriter(s)Todd Pipes
Producer(s)David Castell
Deep Blue Something singles chronology
"Breakfast at Tiffany's"

"Breakfast at Tiffany's" is a 1995 song recorded by American alternative rock band Deep Blue Something. Originally appearing on the album 11th Song, it was later re-recorded and released on their album Home. It was the band's only hit,[1] peaking at number five on the Billboard Hot 100.[2] Outside the United States, "Breakfast at Tiffany's" topped the charts in the United Kingdom, and peaked within the top ten of the charts in Australia, Belgium (Flanders), Canada, Germany, Iceland, the Republic of Ireland and Sweden.

Todd Pipes said in a Q magazine article about the promotion of "Breakfast at Tiffany's", "As the song had 'breakfast' in the title, radio stations thought it would be genius to have us on at breakfast time. We'd be up 'til 3 am and they'd wonder why we were pissed off playing at 6 am."[3] Follow-up singles failed to match the success of "Breakfast at Tiffany's", hence the reason for the band's classification as a one-hit wonder.

Inspiration and composition[edit]

"Breakfast at Tiffany's" is sung from the point of view of a man whose girlfriend is on the verge of breaking up with him because the two have nothing in common. Desperate to find something, the man brings up the Audrey Hepburn film Breakfast at Tiffany's, and his girlfriend recalls that they "both kinda liked it." He argues that this should serve as enough motivation for them to work out their problems based on the notion that love will always find a way to make things work.

The film Roman Holiday inspired the lyrics of the song, but songwriter Todd Pipes thought that one of Hepburn's other films would make a better song title.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Brian Wahlert called Breakfast at Tiffany's "a cute, catchy song that should fit in well on adult contemporary, Top-40 and alternative radio" with memorable melody that makes it "a perfect single, along with the mildly repetitive, conversational lyrics of the chorus and the bright, acoustic guitar".[2] However, Tom Sinclair of Entertainment Weekly was unimpressed. He called it "possibly the year's most innocuous single, 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' is distressingly prosaic pop from a wimpy-sounding Texas quartet"; he added that it lacked any "musical piquancy".[5] The Houston Press listed the song as the second worst by an artist from Texas, after Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby".[6]

VH1 and Blender ranked the song #6 on their list of the "50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs Ever".[7]

Music video[edit]

The music video features the band members arriving to a breakfast table and being served by butlers, beside the curb in front of Tiffany & Co. in Midtown Manhattan. At the end of the video a young woman dressed like Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn's character from the film) walks past on the sidewalk, and takes off her sunglasses.

Track listing[edit]

  • UK CD single
  1. Breakfast at Tiffany's - 4:17
  2. A Water Prayer - 3:19
  3. Sun (Non LP Track) - 4:15
  • US Cassette single

Side A

  1. Breakfast at Tiffany's - 4:11
  2. Breakfast at Tiffany's (Crunch Mix) - 4:11

Side B

  1. A Water Prayer - 3:20
  2. Breakfast at Tiffany's - 4:11

Charts and certifications[edit]

Other uses[edit]


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  2. ^ a b Brian Wahlert, "Deep Blue Something disappoints with off-key harmonies, vocals," The Thresher (Rice University (1996). Found at The Thresher online archives at Rice University website Archived May 27, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.. Accessed July 21, 2010.
  3. ^ "Breakfast at Tiffany's". Retrieved July 9, 2010.
  4. ^ British Hit Singles & Albums (Edition 18), Guinness World Records Limited
  5. ^ Sinclair, Tom (October 20, 1995). "Music review - Breakfast at Tiffany's". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 29, 2013.
  6. ^ Lomax, John Lomax (April 29, 2004). "The worst songs of all time from Texas". Houston Press. Retrieved May 31, 2013.
  7. ^ "VH1 & Blender Magazine Present: 50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs ... Ever". Archived at PR Newswire. VH1, Blender. May 2004.
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  21. ^ "RPM 100 Hit Tracks of 1995". RPM. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  22. ^ "RPM Top 100 Hit Tracks of 1996". RPM. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  23. ^ "Top 100 Single-Jahrescharts" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  24. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1996". Archived from the original on March 1, 2009. Retrieved August 27, 2010.
  25. ^ "British single certifications – Deep Blue Something – Breakfast at Tiffany's". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Breakfast at Tiffany's in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  26. ^ Reklama Orange - Knižnica (in Slovak). 14 Apr 2008 – via YouTube.
  27. ^ [1] Archived August 23, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
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