Saturday, April 10, 2010
Jango Song Of The Day-Deep Blue Something
Song:Breakfast At Tiffany's
Album:Non Stop '90s Rock
The 1995 top ten hit Breakfast At Tiffany's was the only chart hit for Deep Blue Something. It has become an Adult Contemporary Radio standard. But why did they only have one hit? I can answer that question. Based on their sound, you might think they're British. But they were all students at the University Of North Texas in Denton, TX. The group was led by singer bassist Todd Pipes and his guitarist brother Toby Pipes. Clay Bergus was the original guitarist but was replaced by Kirk Tatom. John Kirtland played drums. They were called Leper Messiah but found that the name attracted the wrong crowd so they changed it to Deep Blue Something. They released their first album independently and it was good enough that it landed them a contract with Interscope Records. They had already recorded their second album Home but it was decided that they would go back into the studio and re-record several of the songs. Breakfast At Tiffany's reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and and is still gets heavy airplay on Adult Contemporary Radio. Todd Pipes was inspired to write the song by Audrey Hepburn's performance in Roman Holiday but thought that Breakfast At Tiffany's was a catchier title. So the influence of the film was intentional and the video reflects that. Deep Blue Something recorded a second CD called Byzantium and it was released outside the US in 1998. I assume that Interscope wasn't happy with it and they were dropped. Some of the tracks from Byzantium were on a 2001 CD that the band released independently. You can get Breakfast At Tiffany's on a lot of various artists CDs but this one from Razor & Tie has a lot of good 90s alt rock on it. Todd and Toby Pipes have worked as producers with groups like Drowning Pool and Flickerstick in Texas and Toby has a band called Little Black Dress. John Kirtland owns his own record label and owns the back catalog of the group Bush. Here's the video for Breakfast At Tiffany's by Deep Blue Something.