How many of you remember the 1970’s and 1980’s group Supertramp? They grew from progressive rock roots into a pop/rock combo that was very popular for a time, but then seemed to drop out of sight in the late 1980’s and beyond. I always found their music frustrating: neither rock nor pop, catchy, but somehow not satisfying, like the froth on top of a cup of coffee – no substance. Nevertheless, they were hugely successful in their time, and influenced a great many other musicians and groups from then onward.
Here are five of their big hits. First, from their 1974 album “Crime of the Century“, here’s “Dreamer”.
From the album “Even In The Quietest Moments…” in 1977, here’s “Give A Little Bit”.
Their next album, “Breakfast In America“, proved to be their most successful, spawning several hit singles. Here are two of them. First, “The Logical Song”.
Next, from the same album, “Take The Long Way Home”.
Finally, from their 1982 album “…Famous Last Words…“, here’s “It’s Raining Again”.
I was never a big fan of Supertramp, but I have to admit, their tunes were catchy. I can still remember tramping out a military route march in bad weather, only to hear some damnfool troopie start wailing, “It’s Raining Again” (to a chorus of disapproving epithets from his buddies).
Oh, well. They were certainly major stars of their era.