Breakfast With Amy
Breakfast With Amy is one of the most unusual bands to come out of the Christian music scene. Their sound has been described as Dadaism set to music, heavily influenced by Echo & the Bunneymen and the Violent Femmes. Concerts and videos ("Me" & "Ralph's Garage") produced by the band also easily fall into the category of Dada art. They are probably also one of the few bands in existence that have had their albums become easily available to the public in the reverse order from which they were recorded.

Chris Colbert went on to found Duraluxe after Breakfast with Amy broke up as well as becoming an in-demand Audio Engineer. Dave Koval surfaces every now and then as an accomplished and respected guitar player.
  Breakfast With Amy
Breakfast With Amy

Pre-Blonde Vinyl Career
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First Demo
Independent (1988)
Produced by Breakfast With Amy

David Koval - vocals, guitar
Rich - drums
Caryn Colbert - guitar
Christopher Colbert - guitar
Tennessee Beans - electric bass guitar

01) Ferris Wheel 9:07 Koval / Colbert
02) Love Song 4:43 Breakfast with Amy
03) Funeral 5:32 Colbert

Other Information:
Re-issue later on the Everything was Beautiful... 1995 re-issue.


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First Professional Recording
Independent (1989)
Produced by Breakfast With Amy

David Koval - vocals, guitar
Paul Pelligrin - drums
Caryn Colbert - guitar
Christopher Colbert - guitar
Tennessee Beans - electric bass guitar

01) Funeral 3:40 Colbert
02) Everything 4:15 Koval / Amy
03) Ferris Wheel 3:34 Koval / Colbert
04) Abandoned Houses 3:35 Colbert
05) Social Studies 4:09 Koval / Colbert

Other Information:
This release was sold at early concerts. These five songs were later added as side two of Everything was Beautiful... ACM Journal #1 listed this album as More Cows Than People, but other source have referred to it as the original Everything was Beautiful...


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Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt
Narrowpath (1990)
Produced by Breakfast With Amy and Greg Heil

David Koval - vocals, electric sitar, acoustic guitar
Paul Pelligrin - drums
Edwin Wohler - electric bass guitar
Caryn Colbert - guitar
Christopher Colbert - guitar

Tennesee Beans - electric bass guitar (tracks 6 - 10)

01) Icky 4:31 lyrics: Koval / music: Amy
02) Power 4:11 Koval / Amy
03) Cavewoman 5:56 Koval
04) This Train 4:21 Traditional
05) Mr. Ed 2:48 Koval / Colbert
06) Funeral 3:40 Colbert
07) Everything 4:15 Koval / Amy
08) Ferris Wheel 3:34 Koval / Colbert
09) Abandoned Houses 3:35 Colbert
10) Social Studies 4:09 Koval / Colbert

Other Information:
This album disappeared almost as fast as it was released. Even the band claimed they had a hard time finding it. The last five songs on this album actually started out as a cassette ep that was distributed at concerts. The first five songs were added and this album was released.


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Tuck In Your Love Gift
Relativity/Vinyl Vox Records (never released)

01) Ralph's Garage 2:51 Koval / Chris Colbert
02) Tell Mama 3:03 Carter / Daniel / Terrell
03) Voices 2:27 Caryn Colbert
04) Jello Wiggle 3:10 Koval
05) [randomness] 0:25
06) Videos and Food 5:00 A drama by Dave Koval, music by Amy
07) Ad America 2:48 Breakfast with Amy
08) Little Maxine's Epiphany 1:33 Pellegrin
09) [call to prayer] 3:32
10) Jonas' Russian Accordian 1:40
11) Toll House Waltz 3:56 A drama by Dave Koval, music by Amy
12) [randomness] 0:17
13) The Uniform Tree 4:07 Koval / Chris Colbert
14) [randomness] 1:06
15) Fashion Gal 3:13 Chris Colbert / Koval
16) Happy Song 3:30

Other Information:
This album was recorded for a mainstream label, but never released. The song list above represents a possible song listing based on a bootleg that has been floating around. "Tell Mama" and "Ad America" were re-recorded for Dad, while the rest of the songs (re-mixed and / or re-recorded) were released by Blonde Vinyl under the name product#bvcd3482 (love gift). A BWA newsletter mentions a song named "Bill's Shoe Shine" that doesn't appear on any BWA release, at least under that name (one of the "randomness" listings above might be that song).

Blonde Vinyl Releases
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Dad
BVCD5556 (1991)
Produced by Breakfast With Amy

David Koval - vocals, electric sitar, acoustic guitar
Paul Pelligrin - drums
Edwin Wohler - electric bass guitar
Caryn Colbert - guitar
Christopher Colbert - guitar

Debbie Devore, Mr. Rhumba, Jeremy Woods - additional vocals
Michael J. Pritzl - additional guitars

01) Me 3:41 Breakfast with Amy
02) Tell Mama 2:58 Carter / Daniel / Terrell
03) You 2:53 Breakfast with Amy
04) So It Goes 4:53 Breakfast with Amy
05) Mermelstein and the Disappearing Sink 4:18 Breakfast with Amy
06) Ad America 3:59 Breakfast with Amy
07) The Short, Happy Life of Henrietta 5:04 Breakfast with Amy
08) Your Name 4:29 Breakfast with Amy
09) You're Soaking in It 2:46 Breakfast with Amy
10) Sea Shanty of an Icelandic Midwife 2:23 Breakfast with Amy
11) Come On, Joan 2:45 Breakfast with Amy

Other Information:
Christopher Colbert and Paul Pelligrin were also in Fluffy at this time.

Snacks courtesy of Mike Knott


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product # bvcd 3482 (love gift)
BVCD3482 (1992)
Produced by Breakfast With Amy

David Koval - vocals, electric sitar, acoustic guitar
Edwin Wohler - electric bass guitar
Caryn Colbert - guitar
Christopher Colbert - guitar
Paul Pellegrin - drums
Chuck Cummings - drums
Jonas Aras - accordian

01) [Sample - Listening Advice] 0:25
02) Ralph's Garage 2:39 Koval / Chris Colbert
03) [Sample Loop] 0:07
04) Jello Wiggle 2:57 Koval
05) Song Of The Humpback Whale 0:41
06) [Sample - Audio Balance Established] 0:05
07) Uniform Tree 5:04 Koval / Chris Colbert
08) Paul Calls Mr. Rhumba From A Plane 0:40
09) Velvety Dave At The Naugahyde Lounge 0:42
10) Voices 1:42 Caryn Colbert
11) Little Maxine's Epiphany 4:47 Pellegrin
12) Edwin Loves TX! 1:07
13) Fashion Gal 2:51 Chris Colbert / Koval
14) Toth Calls Rumby 0:14
15) [Accordian Warm-Up] 0:30
16) Jonas' Russian Accordian 1:24
17) The Tollhouse Waltz 4:00 A drama by Dave Koval, music by Amy
18) Ad America (Baby Baby Baby Version) 3:07 Breakfast with Amy
19) Videos And Food 4:47 A drama by Dave Koval, music by Amy
20) Mrs. Rhumba Calls Mr. Rhumba 0:16
21) Happy Song (Featuring Sol And Hank, The Metro Twins) 2:30
22) You (Live) 4:04 Breakfast with Amy
23) Social Studies (Live) 5:08 Koval / Colbert
24) Mum Calls Dave 0:29

Other Information:
Caryn Colbert was also in Plague of Ethyls at this time

Blonde Vinyl Compilation Appearances
Post-Blonde Vinyl Career
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Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt
Grey Dot Records (1995)
Produced by Breakfast With Amy and Greg Heil

David Koval - vocals, electric sitar, acoustic guitar
Paul Pelligrin - drums
Edwin Wohler - electric bass guitar
Caryn Colbert - guitar
Christopher Colbert - guitar

Tennesee Beans - electric bass guitar (tracks 6 - 10)
Rich - drums (tracks 11 - 13)

01) Icky 4:31 Koval / Amy
02) Power 4:11 Koval / Amy
03) Cavewoman 5:56 Koval
04) This Train 4:21 Traditional
05) Mr. Ed 2:48 Koval / Colbert
06) Funeral 3:40 Colbert
07) Everything 4:15 Koval / Amy
08) Ferris Wheel 3:34 Koval / Colbert
09) Abandoned Houses 3:35 Colbert
10) Social Studies 4:09 Koval / Colbert
Re-issue bonus songs:
11) Ferris Wheel (demo) 9:07 Koval / Colbert
12) Love Song (demo) 4:43 Breakfast with Amy
13) Funeral (demo) 5:32 Colbert

Other Information:
Re-issue of debut album with three bonus demo versions. The track order for the bonus demo songs on the CD jacket was wrong - the listing above represents the actual order as they appeared on the CD.


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Live At The Hawleywood Bowl!
Flying Tart Records (1995)
Produced by Breakfast With Amy

01) [Dynamic Bowling] 0:46
02) [Fan Dialogue] 0:46
03) Icky Muzak (muzak version) 3:40 Koval / Amy
04) [Concert Intro] 2:11
05) Mr. Ed 2:26 Koval / Colbert
06) Funeral 4:09 Colbert
07) Come On Get Happy 2:09 The Partridge Family cover
08) [Stalin For Time] 0:34
09) Icky 4:33 Koval / Amy
10) Killing Time (improv) 6:08 Breakfast With Amy
11) Somebody To Love 3:33 Jefferson Airplane cover
12) Jesus Christ Is Coming To Town 4:06 J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie
13) I Will Follow 5:17 U2 cover
14) Hit Me With Your Best Shot 1:25 Pat Benatar cover
15) In A Gadda Da Vida 1:10 Iron Butterfly cover
16) Me 2:07 Breakfast with Amy
17) Snacks And Cable: Part 1 (improv) 5:46 Breakfast with Amy
18) Snacks And Cable: Part 2 (improv) 2:31 Breakfast with Amy
19) J*ll-O Wiggle 3:38 Koval
20) Abandoned Houses 4:20 Colbert
21) Ferris Wheel 3:47 Koval / Colbert
22) Social Studies 6:31 Koval / Colbert
23) [Audience/Band Chatter] 0:32
24) Social Studies (Abrupt Ending) 1:04 Koval / Colbert


Other Unreleased Material
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Green J*llo With Oatmeal
Flying Tart Records (unreleased 7inch)

01) J*llo Wiggle (unreleased version) Koval
02) Green Tambourine (unknown)
03) Social Studies (live) Koval / Colbert

Other Information:
The BWA newsletter reported that Flying Tart was going to release this lime-scented-sleeved, green-vinyl 3 song 7-inch record with artwork and packaging by Michael Toth. No other information was released.


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The Sound Of One Hand Snacking
The Vicarious Breakfast With Amy Experience (Kinda Charly) (unreleased VHS)

Other Information:
Never released, but here is the blurb about it from a BWA newsletter: "This video will hopefully translate the Dadaist aural psychosis of the Hawleywould Bowl CD into a equally warped visual experience. This 56-minute, moderately experimental VHS treat will be included in a Love Gift Box with misc. BWAmyrobilia. Live and studio material, several with previously unreleased versions, are presented in glorious Hi-Fi VHS stereo sound."


Breakfast With Amy Links
Comments about Breakfast With Amy
Hey Whomever's Reading, I really want to see some kind of reissue program on this band, perpetrators of one of THE most crazed concerts I've ever attended, Christianny or otherwise. Said reissue program (even if it's a best-of disc, which rightfully should be two-to-three CDs' long), should include a properly legal release of their concert documentary. Maybe a general market indie label such as Arena Rock, already responsible for upping Larry Norman's and Da/Daniel Amos's profiles among hipsters who would've done well to've already known about them, could get behind such a project. In this day

Comment posted by Mr. Jamie Lee Rake on Thursday, January 08, 2009 at 04:44 AM
I would totally agree - but I would love to also get unreleased tracks from Tuck In Your Love Gift and Green J*llo With Oatmeal.

Comment posted by Knotthead Matt on Thursday, January 08, 2009 at 09:26 AM
Breakfast with Amy will always be the greatest Christian Alternative rock band ever. I'm 21 years old and every time I introduce youth group kids to this stuff it completely blows them away! My hope is to start a Christian Alternative rock band soon that melds Breakfast with Amy PIXIES together...and become popular enough to point to Amy as a heavy influence. Maybe then kids will buy their CDs and discover the Calvary Chapel/Blonde Vinyl scene of the early 90's.

Comment posted by Justin Rice on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at 03:14 PM
agree with the above...but you mus'nt forget to reissue the funderwear.

Comment posted by Annie the Trannie on Thursday, April 09, 2009 at 08:53 PM
breakfast with amy is the best. i loved these guys so much i mailed out various snacks and sundries to them. a few weeks later i got a cool thank you along with some live bootleg cassettes courtesy of mr. rhumba.

Comment posted by shane on Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 09:45 AM
I read about the funderwear....spent 3-4 years of my young life searching ebay and never found the shirts/underwear/pink stickers or anything! I eventually just made my own Breakfast with Amy shirt (gray shirt with pink circle logo). People always ask me "who?" and I always respond with "the greatest alternative Christian band ever"!

Comment posted by Justin Rice on Sunday, April 19, 2009 at 07:15 AM
Perhaps the mockudrama "Sound Of One Hand Snacking" will come out on DVD. I'll ask the surviving band members if they care. Likely not.

Comment posted by Mr. Rhumba on Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 04:03 PM
I love Jamie Lee Rake BTW.

Comment posted by Mr. Rhumba on Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 04:03 PM
I wonder if Koval is still rockin with the band SiteSeers?

Comment posted by Justin Rice on Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 09:06 AM
All I can find on the SiteSeers is this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gCIUToJ39U. Would love to see the mockudrama released! I am also holding out hope that there is a warehouse somewhere with boxes full of "Green J*llo With Oatmeal" 7" just waiting to be discovered. They had a cover already - so it has to be possible? Right?

Comment posted by Knotthead Matt on Friday, July 17, 2009 at 10:40 AM
Site Seers has a myspace: http://www.myspace.com/thesiteseersband - looks like they haven't logged in since January of 08.It would be great if they released (or re-released) ANY Breakfast w/Amy material. Based on the number of responses I've seen here they seem to be among the most well loved early christian alt-rock bands.

Comment posted by Danvinyl on Monday, July 27, 2009 at 11:53 AM
Great band they were. I've run into the members from time to time, always a funny experience. Had the t-shirt but my uncle put it in the dryer without washing it and baked Georgia clay right into it for ever. Has anyone else read the wikipedia article for the Smashing Pumpkins' guitarist Jeff Schroeder that says he took guitar lessons from Dave Koval?

Comment posted by Horse on Jug on Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 07:28 AM
keep holdin' that comment, guys...

Comment posted by horse on jug on Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 07:29 AM
Hey Horse on a Jug - I am not Facebook ;) - just one guy doing a site in my spare time. Takes a while to get free time to moderate stuff.

Comment posted by knottheadMatt on Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 07:32 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OSbs_8S5JwIt's the song "Icky" by Breakfast with Amy. This is interesting: according to the video's statistics, it's been most viewed by the 13-17 year old age group.

Comment posted by Justin Rice on Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 09:57 AM
Sheesh, Don't give up the ghost gleeful commentators! Hope to inspire love gifts and good works by the modest moderators to keep up the good works. Love the latest editions on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUuWahA0FoA

Comment posted by Billvis on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 09:26 PM
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