A difficult band to label, chocked full of keyboards and saxophones – Supertramp were one of the distinctive sounding bands of the 70s and 80s. More an album band than a single band, they did find success with their 1979 single, The Logical Song.
- Supertramp formed in 1969 and were originally known as Daddy. By the time of the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, they’d changed their name to Supertramp – a name inspired by the William Henry Davies book, The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp.
- Pivotal to the band were founders Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson – not to mention the Wurlitzer electric piano and saxophone.
- After half a decade or so of mainstream progressive rock, the mid-70s saw Supertramp incorporating more radio-friendly aspects into their work – it resulted in 1979’s Breakfast in America, which has sold more than 20 million copies.
- Supertramp was better known for their albums than their singles; Succesful albums included, Even the Quietest Moments, Crisis? What Crisis, and Breakfast in America ( a #1 album in both the US and UK).
- Supertramp’s singles, though recognisable and still receiving airplay today, didn’t fare so well on the charts. Most 70s fans will, however, remember Roger’s songs, Give a Little Bit, The Logical Song, Take the Long Way Home, Dreamer, and It’s Raining Again, and Rick’s songs, Bloody Well Right, Goodbye Stranger, and “Cannonball.
- Supertramp continue to tour today but without Roger – he left in 1983 and tours today with his Breakfast in America tour.
- In August 2015, Supertramp was forced to cancel their current tour when Rick was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. He is currently undergoing treatment.
roger hodgson trivia
- Before Supertramp, Roger was in band Argosy; a band with a short lifespan which featured the talents of one Reginald Dwight.
the logical song fax
- The Logical Song was written by Supertramp’s Roger Hodgson. It is autobiographical from his experience of ten years at boarding school.
- Released as a single in March 1979, The Logical Song was one of four singles taken from Supertramp’s sixth album, Breakfast in America.
- The Logical Song is Supertramp’s biggest chart hit in both the US (peaking at #6) and the UK (peaking at #7).
- In 2001, German techno band Scooter released the song as, Ramp! (The Logical Song). It reached #1 in several European countries and Australia.
- The Logical Song appeared in The Simpsons episode I Married Marge, and the soundtrack of the film Magnolia.
- The Logical Song won the 1979 Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.
- The Logical Song lyrics.
the logical song – supertramp – 1979 – video
ramp! the logical song – scooter – 2001 – video
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