Not That Breakfast Club
:: Memory Time -The World Is Mine ::
Long before the Brat Pack gave the term "breakfast club" a distinctively '80s teen angst sort of identity, to generations of pre-TV Americans, it literally meant gathering 'round the breakfast table before work or school or another day of household drudgery, with the radio tuned to Don McNeill's Breakfast Club. The daily hour long live unscripted program contained just the kind of corny "old timey" dialogue, comedy skits, inspirational monologues (such as "The World Is Mine"), and musical interludes you'd expect, only even cornier. Considered downright corny in it's day, the show was never the less loved by millions, and ran a record 35 years, from 1933 'till 1968.
This album, commemorating 25 years on the air, probably sounded weird in all it's hi fi glory to folks used to the shrill static of AM radio broadcasts, but beyond that, the record serves up a good portion of what the show was all about. As the liner notes state, "The genuine friendliness and good spirit of the Breakfast Club is undoubtedly the key to its long success. Don McNeill's Breakfast Club is something very special and very ordinary, true Americana, as bright and reassuring as the sun that rises along with it."
Perhaps the world would be a better place if we hadn't outgrown this kind of entertainment. Instead of sitting around in the morning reading smartass blogs like this one, we'd be merrily frying bacon and eggs as Don McNeill's Silent Prayer plays softly in the background. God forgive me when I whine.