Supertramp is an English rock band formed in 1969 under the name Daddy before renaming themselves in early 1970. Though their music was initially categorised as progressive rock, they later incorporated a combination of traditional rock, pop and art rock into their music. The band’s work is marked by the songwriting of founders Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson and the prominent use of Wurlitzer electric piano and saxophone.
They reached their commercial peak with 1979’s Breakfast in America, which has sold more than 20 million copies.
Though their albums were generally far more successful than their singles Supertramp did enjoy a number of major hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including Hodgson’s songs “Give a Little Bit”, “The Logical Song”, “Take the Long Way Home”, “Dreamer”, “Breakfast in America”, “It’s Raining Again”, and Davies’ songs, “Bloody Well Right”, “Goodbye Stranger”, and “Cannonball”. The band attained significant popularity in the United States, Canada, Europe, South Africa and Australia. Hodgson left in 1983, leaving fellow writer and founder member Rick Davies to lead the band by himself.
In this unique interview recorded in London when Supertramp were performing their last concert tour with Hodgson Roger provides an insight into his reasons for leaving Supertramp and his ideas for the songs that were to be included on his solo album, Sleeping with the Enemy.
Photo by Zenithstar