Supertramp and the Super Best Music

First off, I wanted to apologize to the non-existent people who read this blog, I said I would put a post up every Wednesday with my recommendation for something and I already failed that. Hopefully it won’t happen again, these sub-par recommendations are of the upmost importance.

So for my next recommendation it’s another band (I promise next week I won’t cop out and do another band).

The band this week is Supertramp, an English rock band who has a killer pianist. Many of their songs contain intricate rhythms and fast-paced piano playing and to say anymore would be overstepping into music taxonomy. All I can really do is show you some of their songs which have found their way into my heart.

First off the song that actually got me into Supertramp was Cannonball, this is the epitome of what I was just saying. It is faced-paced, energetic, and best of all, lasts a while in case you don’t want it to end (which I hope you don’t).

If you are a fan of the TV show The Office, then you might know the song Goodbye Toby, but what you might not know is that it is a parody of Supertramp’s Goodbye Stranger. The fact that Goodbye Stranger is about one night stands only makes the comedic impact of Goodbye Toby that much funnier.

Another song I would recommend giving a listen to is Lord is it Mine. This song is much slower paced then all the other songs I have listed but it has its merits elsewhere. The piano playing is meaningful, the vocals are on par, and the instrumentals kick in at just the right times to make a difference.

And finally my personal favorite… Drumroll please… Asylum. Although this isn’t one of their critically acclaimed songs, like Breakfast in America or The Logical Song, this has turned out to be one of my favorite songs in existence.

Asylum has:
1. Interesting Lyrics
2. Fantastic instrumentation
3. Slow parts complemented by fast parts
4. Rapid inflection changes
5. A live version that goes much faster

In fact it was actually the live version that I heard first and I grew to love. When I first heard the studio version I thought it was greatly inferior to the live version. Then it grew on me and now I have 2 spots on my favorite songs list filled by the exact same song.

Although this post was probably just an elaborate plug for Asylum (otherwise known as the best song in the universe), I definitely do recommend listening to the rest of their music, it’s a treat to any percussionists out there.

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