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Supertramp — School
Album: Crime of the Century
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8

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Total ratings: 3780









Released: 1974
Length: 5:26
Plays (last 30 days): 2
I can see you in the morning when you go to school,
Don't forget your books, you know you've got to learn the golden rule,
Teacher tells you stop your play and get on with your work
And be like Johnnie too-good
well don't you know he never shirks
he's coming along!

After School is over you're playing in the park
Don't be out too late, don't let it get too dark
They tell you not to hang around and learn what life's about
And grow up just like them
won't let you work it out
and you're full of doubt

Don't do this and don't do that
What are they trying to do?
Make a good boy of you
Do they know where it's at?
Don't criticize, they're old and wise
Do as they tell you to
Don't want the devil to
Come and put out your eyes

Maybe I'm mistaken expecting you to fight
Or maybe I'm just crazy, I don't know wrong from right
But while I am still living I've just got this to say
It's always up to you if you want to be that
want to see that
want to see it that way
you're coming along!
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This is a classic.
Cosmic...
Yesssss I had this 8 track - so. many. memories. Driving around high as hell.
This takes me right back to high school days age 15, ah memories of teenage angst. Now I have adult angst
Supertramp is a great band, but not in my top 5 or 10 bands.  BUT, that being said, I think I can say that their lyrics touch me as a whole more than any other band.  Songs like this, Long Way Home, Logical Song, Even in The Quietest Moments, and many more. All seem to really encapsulate my youth and my middle age challenges.  

As for this song, that last line. ...."you're coming along!"
Another delightful romp with RP! Thanks Rebecca & Bill ~ kudos to you both ... ❤️❤️
 Edweirdo wrote:
Such a shame you don't play the title track - the strongest song on a very strong album.
 
Produced by the great Ken Scott!
the first harmonica notes playing low in the headphones, which cause an immediate raising of the volume. one of those songs that you know immediately upon starting.

atlanta omni, sometime in 1978, fabulous show. when the train on Rudy pulled into the station, think the whole audience tilted forward on the stop. 

need to re-add the LP to my collection.....
Such a shame you don't play the title track - the strongest song on a very strong album.
Fantastic production on this album -- rivaling Steely Dan's Aja.
Like meeting an old friend; no words need to be said. Followed by the Stones. Nicely played Bill.
College daze.
Fun band to see with great repertoire of music and a big-ass stage show. Barcelona 1979
More please!
Just play the whole album.
I dare you.
Nice recovery from Crowded House playing moments ago. 
Gotta shout out to RP for sending me out on a Friday feeling great after a beatdown week. So many happy memories of times spent letting this band, this song wash over me. SuperP was so progressive and cutting edge.

RP is my wingman all day, every day. Thanks Bill & Rebecca
 MM_Prague wrote:

I worked in an electronics shop in the very early 1980s for a year after graduating from high school, and this is one of the songs I used to demo stereo systems. I remember we had a pair of Klipschorn speakers that this song really came alive on. No one ever bought them, but everyone was impressed.
 
Audiophile pragmatist here... There's a lot of overprized gear out there (hello Linn or audio cable fetishists) but there's certainly quality equipment in the affordable sweat spot. Always wanted a great setup I could still afford and grabbed a Marantz 6008 with large 3-way+bass reflex Triangle speakers and I'm constantly in sound heaven now 😌
same goes for my project 1 debut Carbon.

also worked in audio shops in my student years and tried to sell the excellent but sadly vanished 1-bit audio gear by Sharp in the late 1990s/early 2000s. Great but too expensive. Also LCD TV sets were crazy expensive back then...
Ok, come on, admit it.  You all started  playing air-piano at your desk.  Great song.
Still Outstanding after all these years!
 MM_Prague wrote:
 mread wrote:
When I was a teenager in the 70's I would visit high-end stores just to fantasize about owning audiophile grade gear.  Lord knows I had no money for the good stuff, but one could dream.  Those stores always had sample music to show off the equipment, and more than one store had this album because the production was so clear — lots of ear candy when played at volume through the right speakers.  If you play this through ear buds, even today's best, what you hear is simply not the same.

Apparently fewer young American listeners care about this now ... A guy being interviewed on the radio said he travels the world (I can't remember why now, but it was unrelated to music) and pops in to high-end audio stores whenever he gets the chance.  He observes that in north American stores, only old-ish guys are shopping for high-fidelity (when was the last time you heard that term?) gear.  He only sees young shoppers when he's abroad, especially the far east, Korea, Japan, etc.
  
I worked in an electronics shop in the very early 1980s for a year after graduating from high school, and this is one of the songs I used to demo stereo systems. I remember we had a pair of Klipschorn speakers that this song really came alive on. No one ever bought them, but everyone was impressed.
 
I am one of those 70's guys! Still dreaming of a system with a Thorens record deck, Naim pre/power amplifier and Linn Sondek speakers...
One of the first "rock 'n roll" songs I was ever exposed to. I would have been 9. I was hooked from then on.
I'm gonna go out on a limb and say this is their best song and their best album.
First 10 from me.

Just brilliant.
was and still is epic.
Moved from a 7 to an 8.  Dancing at my desk!!  
 AZJeff wrote:
This was one of the first songs I ever listened to really loud on really fine stereo equipment .  .  . in 7th grade. When I hear this, I still remember the mind-altering experience of high quality sound .  .  . WOW, this is music. And 43 years later, it still sounds great. 
 

think I was in 8th, my dad also had a good pair of headphones that really brought the background music to life 
Exelent,a 10!!!
 wmarc wrote:
need to play this with one of the bands I'm in. kind a urgent.
 
once you start grooving w/ the band on this number, let us hear it!  LLRP!!
This was one of the first songs I ever listened to really loud on really fine stereo equipment .  .  . in 7th grade. When I hear this, I still remember the mind-altering experience of high quality sound .  .  . WOW, this is music. And 43 years later, it still sounds great. 
It is really good and unique.
Always popular in the VW bus at night on long road trips.
Timeless awesomeness!
Long Live Radio Paradise
To me a SOLID 7 - Quite Likeable almost 8
need to play this with one of the bands I'm in. kind a urgent.
70's. Parties with friends with and without bebenefits. Great time, great music. Tradition was this song at exactly midnight, loud and using analog audio. What a super time, what a music.
Superb. More Supertramp please!
 danoodles wrote:
Saw this band pre Crime of the Century 100 people, and two years post Crime of the Century 3,000 people.
 
What difference a Century will make!  Huge album back in the day.
Seriously, one of the most memorable piano interludes of all time. 10/10 just for that.
My sister went to see some band named Supertramp at a bar in downtown Toronto, long, long ago. She said there might have been 5o people in the room. Not for long.
An old friend of mine told me about Super Tramp years ago so I went and bought one of their albums - it must have been their worst ever though as that was pretty good! I’m finally converted after 30 years!
Supertramp, the best all times!
 westslope wrote:
Once upon a time I owned the vinyl version of this.

 
All my Supertramp is vinyl.  Except for what RP plays.
 Proclivities wrote:

Being a "minority" does not make one wrong, particularly about trite, schmaltzy treacle like this song.

 
I knew there would be something we couldn't agree on, Proc.....and here it is....although maybe your comment is specific to this "track" vs. the ENTIRE album, which is what I miss most about the "classic" rock is the idea of a concept (a la Pink Floyd, etc.) - and to make a finer point about that is the NEXT track SHOULD BE "Bloody Well Right" - gotta be one of the best 1 to 2 opening on any album ever.

Of course, all this is my opinion, which could be wrong.  Heck...I like your posts!  (LOL and shit eating grin on me as I post this ;-)

Long Live RP!!

Love this, but my fav is still "Crisis, what crisis"!!!!!
 parttime wrote:
Turn it up!

 
Louder!
Turn it up!
Love this song but catching bits of the Greg Kihn band  "Remember" in it? (rhythm or the changes)
(which I first heard "remember" on RP!)
Saw this band pre Crime of the Century 100 people, and two years post Crime of the Century 3,000 people.
 Segue wrote:
OMG I like a Supertramp song!!!!!!!!!!!! RP works miracles. {#Roflol}

 
This ENTIRE album is freaking awesome, and get's an 11 rating!  And what a great opening track....followed by Bloody Well Right.  You really should listen to the entire thing, if not on a GREAT system, then at least decent headphones.  It's one of the best concept albums made by a group not called Pink Floyd.  T

And I also am sad about the decline in enthusiasm for HI-FI these days...heck, digital files themselves leave a lot to be desired....then add Bluetooth and well....this on Vinyl with good power and speakers will blow your mind!  PEACE and Long Live RP!!


 mread wrote:
When I was a teenager in the 70's I would visit high-end stores just to fantasize about owning audiophile grade gear.  Lord knows I had no money for the good stuff, but one could dream.  Those stores always had sample music to show off the equipment, and more than one store had this album because the production was so clear — lots of ear candy when played at volume through the right speakers.  If you play this through ear buds, even today's best, what you hear is simply not the same.

Apparently fewer young American listeners care about this now ... A guy being interviewed on the radio said he travels the world (I can't remember why now, but it was unrelated to music) and pops in to high-end audio stores whenever he gets the chance.  He observes that in north American stores, only old-ish guys are shopping for high-fidelity (when was the last time you heard that term?) gear.  He only sees young shoppers when he's abroad, especially the far east, Korea, Japan, etc.
 
I worked in an electronics shop in the very early 1980s for a year after graduating from high school, and this is one of the songs I used to demo stereo systems. I remember we had a pair of Klipschorn speakers that this song really came alive on. No one ever bought them, but everyone was impressed.
 ciarataylor wrote:
2 hits of acid and a hit of MDA.  Off to a Supertramp concert you go.

 
How many brain cells do you still have?  You can probably count 'em by now.
 ToddBradley wrote:
I so love it when Bill lines up two songs in a row that not only are in the same key but use the same chord progression. That's something Pandora or Spotify or Amazon could never do. I just heard these two back-to-back:

Woodkid - Boat Song
Supertramp - School

It does make me wonder if Woodkid ever listened to Supertramp and if they consciously or subconsciously ripped off Supertramp's riff.

 
I was going to say the same thing about Mad World followed by School.  Bill is a genius!  Support sent.
I so love it when Bill lines up two songs in a row that not only are in the same key but use the same chord progression. That's something Pandora or Spotify or Amazon could never do. I just heard these two back-to-back:

Woodkid - Boat Song
Supertramp - School

It does make me wonder if Woodkid ever listened to Supertramp and if they consciously or subconsciously ripped off Supertramp's riff.
OMG I like a Supertramp song!!!!!!!!!!!! RP works miracles. {#Roflol}
Clarion State College daze. {#Sunny}
 CDextrous wrote:
One of the greatest piano breaks of all time. Awesome stuff.  DuranAir agrees!!!

 


"Schooldays" by Gentle Giant and Rush's "Subdivisions" are both better songs on the subject. And yet ...
Wow. 
I'm catching that the Woodkid and the Supertramp tracks have similar opening and through-line melodies. 
Someone's paying attention. 
Fun band
 willmcnaught wrote:

average rating 7.9 Please DO go to your music service! {#Beat}  OVER  2100 rated!!!!!   minority you are S-curvy   {#Moon}

 
Being a "minority" does not make one wrong, particularly about trite, schmaltzy treacle like this song.
One of the greatest piano breaks of all time. Awesome stuff.
 S-curvy wrote:
I don't often go here:  Frickin' vomitrocious '70's tripe following other frickin' vomitrocious 70's tripe from Rush.  The double-tap leads me to turn off RP and switch to my music server.

 
Are you still listening to your own music server? 
Hoping so! 
2 hits of acid and a hit of MDA.  Off to a Supertramp concert you go.
 mread wrote:
When I was a teenager in the 70's I would visit high-end stores just to fantasize about owning audiophile grade gear.  Lord knows I had no money for the good stuff, but one could dream.  Those stores always had sample music to show off the equipment, and more than one store had this album because the production was so clear — lots of ear candy when played at volume through the right speakers.  If you play this through ear buds, even today's best, what you hear is simply not the same.

Apparently fewer young American listeners care about this now ... A guy being interviewed on the radio said he travels the world (I can't remember why now, but it was unrelated to music) and pops in to high-end audio stores whenever he gets the chance.  He observes that in north American stores, only old-ish guys are shopping for high-fidelity (when was the last time you heard that term?) gear.  He only sees young shoppers when he's abroad, especially the far east, Korea, Japan, etc.
 
Maybe because the difference in high end vs average is so very small these days? In the old days it was AM vs FM vs vinyl and you could see giant differences if you ran your vinyl through a good amp and some intense speakers, instead of your car radio.

These days, with music files and no hiss and good (not great) car and home radios being plentiful, it seems like an extravagance to hear a couple of Hz that you otherwise didn't notice were missing.

I remember being incredibly persnickety about getting a car system once I started making money - but once you're in an average car with ambient noise, the delicate details are irrelevant and it was a waste of money.
In a home - especially if you're not going to lie down and pay attention to the music, is the extra green spent on the stereo anything more than bragging rights? 
Crime of the Century is always in my list of top 10 albums - every track is perfect. Same for Crisis what Crisis.  
 willmcnaught wrote:

average rating 7.9 Please DO go to your music service! {#Beat}  OVER  2100 rated!!!!!   minority you are S-curvy   {#Moon}

 
No need to attack a critic. Defend the music instead.

Didn't get Supertramp back in the day, but have to say I quite enjoyed that.


college daze loud piano
I always say that thank goodness tattoos were not popular in my youth or i would have Supertramp across my arm.
 S-curvy wrote:
I don't often go here:  Frickin' vomitrocious '70's tripe following other frickin' vomitrocious 70's tripe from Rush.  The double-tap leads me to turn off RP and switch to my music server.

 
average rating 7.9 Please DO go to your music service! {#Beat}  OVER  2100 rated!!!!!   minority you are S-curvy   {#Moon}
Thx RP a classic indeed {#Sunny}
Dog-eared Audio magazine reviews in hand......with parents at Audio store.......entire summer job savings.......
I wonder how many milliseconds it takes those people who know this on average to recognise this one. A few milliseconds more it takes me that all these memories come up with the partys we celebrated dancing and singing song. And how many more years it will be played and it still sounds to me as if it was produced just yesterday.
 you're coming along  michaelc wrote:
Worked at a record store in my misspent youth.
this came in . . . .it was wow.
crank to 11. . . sell 3 copies each time.

 I miss that time.

 


Worked at a record store in my misspent youth.
this came in . . . .it was wow.
crank to 11. . . sell 3 copies each time.

 I miss that time.
I don't often go here:  Frickin' vomitrocious '70's tripe following other frickin' vomitrocious 70's tripe from Rush.  The double-tap leads me to turn off RP and switch to my music server.
Damn, I was hoping this was going to be the theme from Bloodline.
Really surprised I never blew out any speakers or my eardrums playing this puppy over the years, classic awesomeness!!{#Music}
My I put a 11 ?
Bill, NICE transition to Pink Floyd is exactly what my mind expected. Supertramp School made me think of Floyd.
Lo más.

Que 16-17 años, ....
 
I may be a senior citizen and my hearing is gone, but that song still resonates crystal clear, like back in the day as a youth, wearing a pair of Koss,  the bass murmur of my turntable, and the best air piano solo of all time
Yesssssss!
{#Bananajam}{#Bananapiano} {#Drummer}
 Grammarcop wrote:
Yes, dear. I'll turn it down in a minute.

 
Was just cranking this up and reading your comment right when my wife entered the room and asked me to turn it down. Thanks for letting me quote you. 
First album I ever listened to, I was 8!  I hadn't a clue...
My all time favourite absolutely favourite band of this genre! {#Dancingbanana_2}{#Clap}{#Bananapiano}{#Drummer}
This is such a great rock & roll tune similar to others coming of age in this era great memories of this cranked at parties
Yes, dear. I'll turn it down in a minute.
Oh well now you just made my day!!!
Gay teenage angst at its best.  Love these guys.
When I was a teenager in the 70's I would visit high-end stores just to fantasize about owning audiophile grade gear.  Lord knows I had no money for the good stuff, but one could dream.  Those stores always had sample music to show off the equipment, and more than one store had this album because the production was so clear — lots of ear candy when played at volume through the right speakers.  If you play this through ear buds, even today's best, what you hear is simply not the same.

Apparently fewer young American listeners care about this now ... A guy being interviewed on the radio said he travels the world (I can't remember why now, but it was unrelated to music) and pops in to high-end audio stores whenever he gets the chance.  He observes that in north American stores, only old-ish guys are shopping for high-fidelity (when was the last time you heard that term?) gear.  He only sees young shoppers when he's abroad, especially the far east, Korea, Japan, etc.

 BCarn wrote:

That's okay. You don't have to understand the appeal. We do.

 
TRUE...{#Hand}
 KudaRey wrote:
Every time I hear this song it reminds me of the first time I heard it. Senior in High School, at the Hollywood Sportatorium in South Florida. I remember being pretty bzzzd {#Drunk}sitting in the audience waiting for a band I can no longer recall to begin to play. Suddenly, this song started to play and it snapped me and everyone else out of our stupor. {#Dancingbanana_2} It was not being played yet on WSHE, (the only cool radio station at the time) and none of us had ever heard it before. It made such an impression that I still remember that moment vividly, but not a damn thing about the actual band we were there to see or any other thing about the concert. Funny how memories work. {#Ask} Became a fan of Supertramp from that moment forward, finally seeing them a couple years later when I was stationed in the USAF in UK. Still have the light blue "Supertramp - Even in the Quietest Moment - Europe 77" tee shirt. Hard to believe I actually fit it once. {#Embarassed}

 
great high school memory.  we must be of a similar age.  Breakfast in America I clearly associate with Wilmington Friends School.
it'stakeme 40 years to notice how Pink Floydsoundingthis song is.anyoneelse hearing it?
Every time I hear this song it reminds me of the first time I heard it. Senior in High School, at the Hollywood Sportatorium in South Florida. I remember being pretty bzzzd {#Drunk}sitting in the audience waiting for a band I can no longer recall to begin to play. Suddenly, this song started to play and it snapped me and everyone else out of our stupor. {#Dancingbanana_2} It was not being played yet on WSHE, (the only cool radio station at the time) and none of us had ever heard it before. It made such an impression that I still remember that moment vividly, but not a damn thing about the actual band we were there to see or any other thing about the concert. Funny how memories work. {#Ask} Became a fan of Supertramp from that moment forward, finally seeing them a couple years later when I was stationed in the USAF in UK. Still have the light blue "Supertramp - Even in the Quietest Moment - Europe 77" tee shirt. Hard to believe I actually fit it once. {#Embarassed}
 Steely_D wrote:
Palate cleanser after that Rush.

As soon as the harmonica hits I stop what I'm doing and pay attention. Waiting for the scream... 

 
Agree! And turn up the volume...!
 ch83575 wrote:
I've never understood the appeal of this band.  I just can't get past that dude's whiny voice.

 
That's okay. You don't have to understand the appeal. We do.
 blueheronobx wrote:
This always reminds me of high school. 
 
 
Me too. Just happened to be in high school when this came out!
Headphones.....ON.
This always reminds me of high school. 
 
What a classic! Timeless! {#Cheers}{#Sunny}
Palate cleanser after that Rush.

As soon as the harmonica hits I stop what I'm doing and pay attention. Waiting for the scream... 
One of the best piano-riffs (if this can be said) from rock history!
For me 11 but impossible the time it s intemporel for this song
 welshgasman wrote:

I still do. {#Smile}

 
I'm looking for it everywhere.
 yofitofu wrote:
One time it would be cool for it to continue into Bloody Well Right........
 
You're bloody well right.
One time it would be cool for it to continue into Bloody Well Right........
 wgsu_1978 wrote:
Just submitted Gentle Giant's "School Days" for inclusion. My favorite school song.

 
Now I've just gotta pull out the vinyl for that one. Thank you.
3 is well paid for these soulless guys with no imagination and no presence on stage. Good riddance !
Best album from them. Before they went all mushy. 
 yofitofu wrote:
The best Supertramp song of all time. An absolute classic.

 
Absolutely! Have it fully cranked up now.
The best Supertramp song of all time. An absolute classic. Would be cool to carry on into Bloody Well Right.
 westslope wrote:
Once upon a time I owned the vinyl version of this.

 
I still do. {#Smile}
Just submitted Gentle Giant's "School Days" for inclusion. My favorite school song.
Once upon a time I owned the vinyl version of this.
This is one of the best bands in the world, but I can understand if some don't like the way he sings!
I've never understood the appeal of this band.  I just can't get past that dude's whiny voice.
volume up!