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The Associates – Breakfast (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on September 11th, 2015


A. Front

“Breakfast” was the third single taken from the fourth studio album Perhaps by Scottish post-pun/new wave band The Associates. The single debuted on the UK singles chart on January 19, 1985 peaking at #49.

The epic string laden drama of “Breakfast”. It is possibly Billy Mackenzie’s greatest single moment, the melancholic piano motif setting the scene for an entire film noir in five minutes with its widescreen dramatics and mournful tension.

Breakfast 5:28
Keyboards [Uncredited] – Howard Hughes
Producer – Martin Rushent
Vocals [Uncredited], Written-by – Billy MacKenzie

Breakfast Alone 5:44
Keyboards – Howard Hughes
Producer – Martin Rushent
Written-By – Billy MacKenzie

Kites 5:51
Arranged By – Alan Rankine, Billy MacKenzie
Producer, Vocals – Billy MacKenzie
Written-By – Hal Hackady, Lee Pockriss

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

Label: WEA ‎– YZ 28T
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: UK
Released: Jan 1985
Genre: Electronic, Pop
Style: Synth-pop

Photography By – Richard Haughton

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

B. Back

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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19 Responses to “The Associates – Breakfast (UK 12″)”

  1. Jeff Says:

    Ooh Paul, just by the description alone, I’m so enthused to hear this record!! You really are so very, very special Paul to do all that you do for us. You will always have my heart-felt gratitude for these sonic gifts. You are one of the most giving and loving human beings on this Earth. I’m so thankful for stumbling onto your site as my life is so much more fulfilling with you and your records in it. Have a super weekend my friend and tremendous kudos for your talents and presents!



    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Jeff I think you will love this beauty. Billy Mackenzie was one of the greatest unappreciated vocalists and songwriters ever. Have a great weekend 🙂


  2. Omar Says:

    I don’t remember this one . Thanks anyway Paul. Is it on the Perhaps album?


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Yes it is Omar. The b-sides are well worth the download as well 🙂


  3. Joey Says:

    Wow, amazing. This is the kind of thing that makes this my favorite blog, not only is there some history, and a chance to hear some fantastic audio, but even an extensive record collector will have something new to learn here. Though I have Perhaps on vinyl and CD, I missed this release. What a couple of weeks. As with the Ministry 12″ singles, and many others, these are some cool singles lost in the sea of forgotten or overlooked or unknown or relatively unpopular at their time vinyl releases. As so often if it was not a big hit or a pet band by a well known critic, releases like this are left to the fringes of worn and languishing vinyl never to be heard from again. Another rescued recording that many fans have not had the chance to hear. You are their hero and our Professor. Thank You.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Joey I have the most considerate fans out there. I appreciate your comment very much. Hope you have a really nice weekend 🙂


  4. BE.D12'' Says:

    Thanks once again for your incredible sequence
    of Associates 12″!!!

    any chance to have also some Animal Nightlife songs
    (especially “Boys with the best intention” 12″) for the future?

    Respect for (the new uncle) DJ Paul.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you BE.D12”. I think the only one I have is “Preacher Preacher” but will have to check 🙂


  5. Jonathan Says:

    Achingly beautiful and, as you say, one of his very finest. Thanks Paul. My copy is a little worn!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Jonathan 🙂


  6. David Gerard Says:

    Thank you so much for digging out your Associates 12″ to rip! It saves me digging out my own 😉


  7. Dirk Says:

    This was my first Associates-association. I heared this single and bought it, my friend hometaped it, and another one bought the album, without knowing it from each other. Overnight they were settled in our semi new wave but midstream indie would be’s underground pop cult.
    Because of privacy and basic common sense, i will not go into detail about this particular track, other than saying, yeah, i still love after all those years..
    Thanx for sharing the full versions, Paul, very thanx.


  8. idris Says:

    I knew I could trust you! Thanks for making true my request. I’m a big fan of Billy, I have to say I own this 12″ since the year it was released, as well as others, but copies always get those awkward clicks…and I waited for deluxe editions (I guess a lot of fans wait too still) with no luck, so I praise the work you’re doing. If my economic situation was better I have no doubt you’ll get a big donation from me. Maybe I could help you with some 12″s you were looking for…Don’t hesitate to ask me about it
    Thanks again


  9. VanceMan Says:

    It’s been two magical weeks … I feel spoiled! Thank you so much for this beautifully curated visit to an often-neglected talent.


  10. dj danny shaffer Says:

    Gee, these Associates lads sure had a lot of releases, eh?

    Luckily (hopefully) they won’t hold a candle to the legendary WHAM! in BTGworld.



  11. Jermajesty Says:

    What a great dance around their back-catalogue we’ve had. 🙂 Thank you Paul!

    I didn’t know the majority of the posts, but with each one I became more puzzled as to how this band got so ignored for so long. Different times I guess. And in a way maybe it’s nice in this day and age to have a great band that *hasn’t* been posthumously overplayed until the magic’s ruined (I’m thinking Joy Division, Smiths, etc). 🙂


  12. DJ WOLF e. Says:

    THANK YOU . . . ! I’ve been waiting for this incredible track, which (by the way) is absolutely perfect to mix into from Victor Should have Been A Jazz Musician. Now that track would make for an awesome post too . . . !


  13. Jaysen Says:

    So happy to have this in my collection again. Thank you so much for posting this!


  14. Vince Says:

    I’m a bit late to this site so spent an afternoon listening to loads of tracks yesterday>
    The Associates are one of my faves and Billy is greatly missed.
    Breakfast is an excellent track but wondered if you had the version of Breakfast (Live At Ronnie Scotts) which featured on the ‘The Sounds / WEA Christmas Cracker’ 7″ EP https://www.discogs.com/Various-The-Sounds-WEA-Christmas-Cracker/release/509276
    In fact all the tracks from that EP would be cool!




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