Supertramp – Breakfast in America

I have all my CDs and I am now going to rip them all. Rip & Roll baby. That’s me. Let’s see how I do.

Right now I’m going based on what I want to hear and today it’s this amazing gem from 1979.

I remember this album coming out like it was yesterday.

It was a time of really clean but broad sound. Like Steeley Dan’s Aja. Beautiful bright and tight sound. That’s how I think of it anyway. And remember – 1979 – that’s before CDs were out. Pre-CD.

Just as an aside, when CDs became popular it was an amazing experience to hear your favorite album on a CD because you heard so much more. So much more to hear.

Here’s a funny bit. My first copy of the Breakfast In America album was played so often that it got a “skip“. A skip on an album means that it bumps and repeats one that spot over and over or pops over it – you get the idea. The skip was on Goodbye Stranger at :44 , sometimes I liked to pop the link on youtube (the one above) right there at that timestamp so it’ll repeat 🙂 And, oh by the way, that’s also why we didn’t skip songs all that often. You had to get up to do it. There was no remote control for that. A little nostalgia for album skips, my friends.

You’d have to not like music to have never heard a few of these because not only were they hugely popular (96%) they crossed verticals and reached a broad audience. The most popular is The Long Way Home. Goodbye Stranger, and The Logical Song sold the most, I believe but my favorite is this one which seems very apropos these days:

[Verse]
I’m feeling so alone now
They cut the telephone uh huh
Yeah my life is just a mess

I threw it all away now
I could have made a fortune
I lost the craving for success

[Pre-Chorus]
And as the acrobats they tumble
So the corn begins to crumble

While in the mirror she admires a brand new dress

[Verse]
Live on the second floor now
They’re trying to bust the door down
Soon I’ll have a new address

So much for liberation
They’ll have a celebration
Yeah I’ve been under too much stress

[Pre-Chorus]
And as the clouds begin to rumble
So the juggler makes his fumble
And the sun upon my wall is getting less

[Chorus]
Don’t! Give a damn
Fight! While you can
Kill! Shoot ’em up
They’ll! They’ll run amuck
Shout! Judas
Loud! They’ll hear us
Soldier! Sailor
Whose your! Tailor

They’ll run for cover
When they discover
Everyone’s a nervous wreck now

[Pre-Chorus]
I used to think she was so nimble
I would have bought her as a symbol
But now I can’t afford the pen to sign her checks

[Chorus]
That don’t! Give a damn
Fight! While you can
Kill! Shoot ’em up
They’ll! Yeah they’ll run amuck
Shout! Judas
Loud! They’ll hear us
Soldier! Sailor
Whose your! Tailor

They’ll run for cover
When they discover
Everyone’s a nervous wreck now

Life’s just a bummer
They got your number
We’ll give as good as we get now

Rise from the gutter
Stick with each other
We’ll drive ’em over the edge now

They’re gonna bleed
That’s what they need
We’ll get together and blow their cover

[Outro]
Are we ready (Are we ready)
Are we ready (Are we ready)
Are we ready (Are we ready)
Yeah we’re ready
Are we ready (Are we ready)
Are we ready (Are we ready)
Yeah. yeah
Are we ready (Are we ready)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *