Tuesday, 4 September 2012
Listening to Supertramp on the cycle into work this morning. Reputation's a puzzling thing, isn't it? So: Waters-era Floyd produced an album about the miseries of school and its effects on later life (The Wall, 1979); and Supertramp produced an album about the miseries of school and its effects on later life (Crime of the Century, 1974). Floyd went on to produce an album about the cold war (The Final Cut, 1983), and Supertramp went on in their career to produce an album about the cold war (Brother Where You Bound?, 1985). The case could be made that these albums are all of a similar calibre; and both groups, in their day, were transatlantic super-hitters. Yet today the Floyd remain a huge name, and the 'Tramp are all but forgotten. Puzzling.