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YMMV / Supertramp

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  • Ear Worm: Plenty from their "classic" period, especially the singles from Breakfast In America.
  • Epic Riff: Usually on an electric piano. "Dreamer", "Bloody Well Right", "The Logical Song", "Goodbye Stranger", and "Cannonball".
    • "Cannonball" in particular, where it features a house piano riff. In 1985.
    • "Give A Little Bit" has one on acoustic 12-string guitar.
  • Funny Moments: Roger Hodgson unleashed a Mind Screw on a whole orchestra by inviting them to record a part for "Fool's Overture". When the conductor tapped the baton to silence the orchestra, Roger got all that he needed (just the soundscape of them preparing to tune) and sent them on their way.
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  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Not so successful in their native UK as in North America, especially in Canada.
  • Growing the Beard: Crime of the Century, which was Supertramp's first critical and commercial success after their first two albums didn't do very well.
  • Sampled Up: Gym Class Heroes sampled "Breakfast in America" in "Cupid's Chokehold". The quality of the sampling (actually a newly recorded cover of the first few lines by Patrick Stump) is...debatable.
    • Same goes for Crazy Frog's "sampling" of "The Logical Song."
  • Sequel Displacement: They broke out with their third album, Crime of the Century (the first two were so unsuccessful that Davies and Hodgson fired everyone else and hired new members).
  • Signature Song: "Give A Little Bit", whose Pop Culture Osmosis has been so widespread that it has been used extensively for advertisements. Runners-up include "The Logical Song," "Dreamer," "Bloody Well Right," "Take the Long Way Home," or "Goodbye Stranger."
  • Tear Jerker: "The Logical Song". Growing Up Sucks, indeed.
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  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Roger Hodgson hardly sounds it when singing, but he is most definitely a guy, folks.
  • Yoko Oh No: Roger Hodgson has cited Rick Davies' wife managing the band as one of the reasons for leaving and not participating in the reunions.
    • Their mid-1970's producer Ken Scott mentioned in his memoirs that by Crisis? What Crisis?, the bandmembers' girlfriends and wives were constantly at odds with each other; he describes that the way many people are led to believe (falsely) that The Beatles' group tensions were precipitated by Yoko Ono and Linda McCartney was actually the atmosphere Supertramp were in at the time.


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