Breakfast Club ‎– Right On Track (1987)

Breakfast Club was formed in New York in the late 1970s, and went through several line-ups including one in which Madonna was the drummer. In the early 1980s, the band included Madonna, Angie Smit on bass, and the Gilroy brothers, Dan and Ed, both on guitar (Dan sang lead vocals as well). Dan Gilroy was also briefly Madonna’s boyfriend, and he eventually allowed her to sing some lead vocals. Madonna ultimately left to form a new band, Emmy and the Emmys.

In the mid 1980s, the band consisted of the Gilroys (with Dan now concentrating exclusively on vocals, while Ed provided all guitars), Gary Burke (bass), Paul Kauk (keyboards), and Stephen Bray (drums). Both Bray and Burke had previously been Madonna’s bandmates in Emmy and the Emmys.

They signed with ZE Records and released their eponymous album in 1987 on MCA Records, which spawned the U.S. Top Ten hit “Right On Track”. Later, Randy Jackson (bass) and E. Doctor Smith (The Drummstick, percussion) joined the band.

“Right on Track” peaked at No. 7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was remixed for a commercial release in a 12″ version for dance and club play by John “Jellybean” Benitez and became a Top Ten hit on the Billboard Magazine Hot Dance Club Play chart.

This 12″ is the most complete I could find in relation to covering all the mixes, Midtown mixes by Jellybean, Uptown mixes by Timmy Regisford, and Canal Street/14th Street mixes by Chris Lord-Alge.

Canal Street Mix was named Canal Street Dub on some releases but AFAIK this is the complete selection of “Right On Track” remixes.

Right On Track (Midtown Mix)                                          7:10

Right On Track (Midtown Dub)                                          5:35

Right On Track (Canal Street Mix)                                    5:15

Right On Track (14th Street Mix)                                      6:00

Right On Track (Uptown Mix)                                           6:23

Right On Track (Uptown Dub)                                          6:33

Right On Track (Local Mix/LP Version)                            4:33


Listen !



6 comments on “Breakfast Club ‎– Right On Track (1987)

  1. thanks for collecting all these together. Much appreciated! For completeness, there were 2 different radio edits (neither on the 12″) – but perhaps one of them is the album mix. There was also a Josh Harris White Label Mix – presumably a later, unauthorised mix

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