Friday, November 30, 2012

Album 365: Day 52 - Supertramp - Breakfast In America

Breakfast In America

Favorite tracks: Gone Hollywood, The Logical Song, Goodbye Stranger
Sleeper tracks: Breakfast In America, Casual Conversations

I was introduced to this album by friends of my aunt Cheryl and FM radio of the 80s.  I remember being in charge of changing albums at a party that my aunt had in her apartment.  Somebody requested this album and while I recognized the popular songs, I didn't have the patience for the other ones.  Years later, I learned to appreciate this album for being the best thing the band did.  It's a great record that's filled with awesome music and equally awesome lyrics (and I'm not much of a lyric guy).  I have Supertramp songs stuck in my head and they'll probably be there for the next week.

Davies and Hodgson were a really awesome song writing duo.  It's a shame they were both stubborn pricks when it came to reforming the band and releasing live shows on DVD.  Seriously, their disdain for each other is disgusting and really makes me mad as a fan. Maybe that's why most of the music they made together sounded amazing.


  1. Daryll, as a long time fan, I take exception to you calling Hodgson and Davies "stubborn pricks." Unless you are a fly on the wall and know exactly what words were exchanged between the two, I would lean toward a more positive approach for the two artists of which you find their music "amazing." I have read in several interviews that in 2010, Roger Hodgson did make an offer to Rick to join Supertramp for a few reunion shows but his offer was declined by Rick. Meanwhile, Roger has been touring world wide and selling out shows all over the globe in addition to receiving fantastic reviews from media and fans alike.

    Furthermore, many people don't realize that although Hodgson and Davies shared writing credit, they actually wrote and composed separately with each singing their own respective songs. It is Hodgson who gave us Breakfast in America, Take the Long Way Home, The Logical Song, Child of Vision, Lord is it Mine, Dreamer, Give a Little Bit, Fool's Overture, It's Raining Again, School, and so many more.

    Get yourself to one of Roger's shows and you will be in for a concert of a lifetime. I saw him twice this year and he is absolutely fantastic. His voice sounds even better today than on my Supertramp vinyls and I cannot wait to see him again next year. I saw on his Facebook page that he has already announced several shows for next year. See details at

    1. Thanks for your comment. It's good to see that I'm getting reads from people I don't know.

      As a fan, "stubborn pricks" is a term I use to describe a lot of bad blood between band members that make music I like. Sting and Copeland...stubborn pricks. Van Halen brothers and singer X...stubborn pricks. Paul Stanley/Gene Simmons...stubborn pricks. I'm greedy and want what I want. If two people can't put aside their differences and get along to make live music for their fans, they get the "stubborn prick" tag. We can agree to disagree.

      I watched some of Roger's live stuff on youtube. I was impressed with his performance but nothing he sings now can compare with what he did 30-35 years ago. His range isn't what it was (because he's old. It happens to the best of them. I will say that I admire his gratitude towards his fans. I didn't expect that.

      Thanks again for reading.