Their album Breakfast In America is one of the biggest-selling of all time, having sold more than 20 million copies. And on Wednesday night, Seventies super-group Supertramp played at London's 23, capacity O2 arena as part of a huge 40th anniversary tour. However, the Daily Mail has now learned that a bitter row has broken out between the two band's two key songwriters Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies.
Supertramp feud as Roger Hodgson accuses former bandmate Rick Davies of playing 'his songs'
There was a minute during the early '70s when it seemed that Supertramp would be over before it even really started. The heyday came to end when Hodgson left the group in Davies led Supertramp through four more albums and occasional tours, but the real magic is still to be found in that period between , when the group, er, indelibly stamped its reputation as clever, original and refreshing songsmiths Supertramp never had the lothario reputation of, oh, the Rolling Stones or Steel Panther, but Davies' lighthearted ode to road romance indicates there were a few shenanigans in this camp, too. It's also one of the best executed trade-offs between Davies and Hodgson vocals and features one of the hottest guitar solos the latter ever brought into 'Tramp town. What Crisis? Hodgson actually wrote the title track from Supertramp's smash several years prior, before Supertramp even formed though Davies added the "What's she got? Not a lot" passage later. The best of Supertramp's several mini-suites, a pastoral rumination that builds incrementally into a trancey drone before returning to the original theme. An intricately nuanced piece that easily knits together prog and folk-rock flavors.
With anywhere between 18 and 20 million copies sold worldwide, Breakfast In America is arguably the biggest-selling prog album of all time after Dark Side Of The Moon. The total running time was a meagre 46 minutes, two of the songs coming in at under three minutes long, the rest being around the three, four and five-minute mark, with only one clocking in at over seven minutes. Supertramp had already been around for a decade by the release of their most popular record, having formed in around core members and songwriters Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson. What Crisis? By the release of Even In The Quietest Moments… , many of the bleak visions and dark portents about society expressed on the previous two records had come to pass in the form of punk, but Supertramp were able to weather the storm, and one of the songs, Give A Little Bit , became another huge and enduring hit.
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