Deep Blue Something
Deep Blue Something is one of the many one-hit wonders that dominated the airwaves in the mid 1990s. The band is almost synonymous with “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, which, contrary to popular belief, was inspired by Audrey Hepburn’s performance in ‘Roman Holiday’. The title was changed to “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” to make the song more appealing commercially.
“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” tells the story of a man on the verge of a breakup with his girlfriend because they have nothing in common. The man then brings up the Audrey Hepburn movie, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which they both seem to like and which he sees as a sign that their relationship should go on. Despite the somber subject matter, the song itself has a peppy, effervescent tempo and a catchy melody.
The song was an enormous hit as soon as it was released as a single. It found a spot on the top 10 charts all over the world, including no. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, no. 1 on the UK singles chart, no. 3 in Ireland, no. 4 in Canada and no. 3 in Australia. The video itself was appreciated a lot and has overt references to the Audrey Hepburn movie. The video shows the band sitting in a cafe opposite Tiffany’s in Manhattan. The video also includes a brief appearance of an Audrey Hepburn lookalike.
The only Deep Blue Something song that achieved a fraction of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” success was “Halo”, also on the ‘Home’ album. This song reached no. 102 on the Billboard Hot 100.
After “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, Deep Blue Something seemed set for a successful career, but the band failed to reproduce the magic of their single hit and struggled to even piece together another album. The problem was compounded by a lawsuit that threatened to sour the band’s success. The lawsuit, filed by one Louis Bickel Jr., claimed copyright over “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, which ultimately led to a bunch of songs on the band’s last and final album being shelved. The lawsuit and the lack of further success was more than enough to cause Deep Blue Something to disband and part ways.
Deep Blue Something was a one hit wonder that had its moment of glory in the 1990s tumultuous rock scene. The band may have faded from public memory, but a single song – “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, remains a popular tune many are still familiar with.