The group was formed in
New York in 1979 and went through several line-ups, including one in which pop star
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 (
Stephen Bray (
Bray and Burke had previously been Madonna's bandmates in Emmy and the Emmys.
The group signed with
ZE Records and released its eponymous
album in 1987 on
MCA Records, which spawned the U.S.
hit "Right On Track". Later, Randy Jackson (bass) and E. Doctor Smith (The Drummstick,
percussion) joined the band.
A second album was recorded but never released. Its last single was a
cover version of
The Beatles' song "
Drive My Car", from the 1988
License to Drive.
 Shortly afterwards the band broke up, Bray later co-wrote several big hits with Madonna. They were nominated in the category of Best New Artist at the
Grammy Awards in 1988, losing out to
 A majority of their
music videos, including "Right on Track," were filmed by Jeff Stein,
The Kids Are Alright.
Dan Gilroy later went on to star in
Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme as Gordon Goose and in
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle as Pete the Postman.
On April 5, 2016, Breakfast Club released a new EP titled Percolate, which featured songs from the group's unreleased second album. It is the group's first release of new material in almost three decades.