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  • Creator Breakdown: Many of their well-known songs involved Davies and Hodgson taking shots at each other. "Casual Conversations" and "Child of Vision" were these Word of God.
  • Flip-Flop of God: Hodgon's thoughts on Crisis? What Crisis? seem to polarize differently with each passing decade; sometimes he calls it a disjointed mess of an album, other times he goes as far as to say it's his favorite work he's done yet.
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  • He Also Did: Bob Siebenberg composed the soundtrack for Space Quest III: The Pirates of Pestulon.
  • Name's the Same: "Lover Boy" is also a Billy Ocean song. "Oh! Darling" by The Beatles is similar in title to "Oh Darling". And on a different note, Rick Davies has the same surname as Ray and Dave but is completely unrelated. Rick is also unrelated to the author W.H. Davies whose book The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp is what the band named themselves after.
  • No Export for You: Their first two albums, Supertramp and Indelibly Stamped were not released outside of the UK initially due to being commercial failures. It was until Supertramp became more successful down the line when they were imported.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: "Fool's Overture" has been used for the Canadian news program W5 from the late seventies to early nineties.
  • The Pete Best: Anyone on their first two albums not named Rick Davies or Roger Hodgson, although Richard Palmer-James did have future success as a lyricist for three of King Crimson's most well-received albums (Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Starless and Bible Black, and Red).
  • Troubled Production:
    • In 1974 they were touring the West Coast of North America in support of their breakout album, Crime of the Century when Hodgson broke his hand. This forced the cancellation of the remaining shows, and with nothing better to do the band went into the studios in L.A. to record their next album. They had a lot of time ... but nothing else. Hodgson and Davies hadn't even begun to think about their next album yet, and not only didn't have any overriding theme or concept for it, they hadn't even begun to write songs. Thus the band went forward with all they had: songs they hadn't used on Crime, and a few leftovers from previous sessions. Given those choices, it's no surprise that everyone took two weeks off at one point so Hodgson and Davies could write some new songs ... leaving them, despite their original surfeit of time, with no time left to rehearse the new songs before having to record them. The bandmembers' wives and girlfriends were also going at on their partners' behalf, to the point that their manager says that things really were the way everyone thinks it was with the Beatles. Davies came up with the title, Crisis? What Crisis?, as an ironic comment on the situation, as well as the cover-art concept. It got some good reviews, but on the whole the band was unhappy with it due to the circumstances under which they recorded it. (Hodgson, however, has since said that upon further consideration he likes it the best of all Supertramp's albums).
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    • A decade later there was ..Famous Last Words... The band, by that time living in L.A. and enjoying the success of their previous album, Breakfast In America, were feeling pressure to follow it up with a successful album. Vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Roger Hodgson, one of the band's leaders, was growing disenchanted with the L.A. lifestyle, the music industry and touring, and was trying to start a family with his new wife and children. He had taken up yoga, meditation, vegetarianism and spiritual soul-searching, and wanted to record the album in his home studio. The rest of the band members were not adopting Hodgson's lifestyle, and he and the band were growing apart. Hodgson also felt that as Supertramp were getting tighter and more structured in soundcheck rehearsals, they stopped jamming, and were coming up with less ideas as a result; also, it had taken the fun out of the band for him. Davies recorded his vocals at his own home studio. Davies had also fired longtime manager Dave Margereson and employed his wife Sue as manager, a move Roger was uncomfortable with in a band already over-influenced by bickering wives gunning for their husbands in a Spinal Tap manner. When the album came out, it was criticized for (relatively) uninspired material and slick production, and sold a fraction of the amount BIA had done. Finally, Hodgson decided to leave the group in 1983 after a successful world tour.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • After leaving Supertramp, Roger Hodgson nearly became the lead singer of Yes.
    • Disney nearly hired the band to score the rock soundtrack for the movie TRON, but the band (which by then were breaking up) pulled out of the project. The rock soundtrack was ultimately scored by Journey.
    • Hodgson wanted to appear as a special guest performer with the Davies-led Supertramp on their 2010 70-10 Tour, but Davies refused, to Hodgson's disappointment. It would have marked the first time since a brief tour in 1986 that they both shared a stage.
  • Working Title: "Goodbye Stranger" was originally titled "Hello Stranger".


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