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Cold Chisel - Breakfast at Sweethearts (Rockpalast 1982)

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"Breakfast at Sweethearts"
Single by Cold Chisel
from the album Breakfast at Sweethearts
A-side"Breakfast at Sweethearts"
ReleasedMarch 1979
Format7" vinyl
RecordedJuly 1978 - January 1979, Albert Studios, Sydney
Writer(s)Don Walker
Producer(s)Richard Batchens
Cold Chisel singles chronology

"Breakfast at Sweethearts" was a song from Australian rock band Cold Chisel. Written by keyboardist Don Walker, it was released as a single in 1979, peaking at number 63 on the Australian charts. It appeared as a track on the album of the same name.[2]


"Sweethearts" was a cafè in the middle of Kings Cross, Sydney, Australia in the 1970s and 1980s, where author Don Walker would frequently eat. He said, "The original Sweethearts Cafe is where McDonald's is now. That got demolished and Sweethearts moved over the road to where Krave Espresso Bar is now. That lasted for quite a few years, until the late 1980s, early '90s."[3] Walker continued to live in Kings Cross for decades afterwards, and often wrote about the area. Author Louis Nowra said the song was, "the most immediately identifiable song about the Cross."[4]

Elsewhere, Walker said the establishment was very small and run by a Yugoslavian family. "It had the reputation that when Nureyev was in Sydney, he would always have his coffee at Sweethearts and stuff like that. There was a beautiful middle-aged woman who used to serve coffee there and never said anything and she was reputed to be the girlfriend of quite a dangerous guy," he claimed.[5]

The song first appeared in performances in 1978, after the chorus was written on an organ while recording demos for the album.[5]

The single was released a month after the album of the same title. Although it received some radio airplay, it was quickly dropped from playlists when it failed to reach the top 40. It would later appear on the band's greatest hits compilations.[6]


  1. ^ Stephen Fitzpatrick (3 October 2015). "Cold Chisel: The Perfect Crime, 4.5 stars". The Australian. Retrieved 8 November 2015. 
  2. ^ David Kent (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, New South Wales: Australian Chart Book. p. 72. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  3. ^ Debbie Kruger (2 November 2005). "Songlines". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 27 February 2010. 
  4. ^ Louis Nowra (2013). Kings Cross: A Biography. NewSouth. ISBN 1742246559. 
  5. ^ a b Michael Lawrence (2012). Cold Chisel: Wild Colonial Boys. Melbourne, Victoria: Melbourne Books. p. 131. ISBN 9781877096174. 
  6. ^ Anthony O'Grady (2001). Cold Chisel: The Pure Stuff. Crows Nest, New South Wales: Allen & Unwin. p. 48. ISBN 1-86508-196-5. 

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