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Supertramp — School
Album: Crime of the Century
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8.1

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Total ratings: 4435









Released: 1974
Length: 5:26
Plays (last 30 days): 3
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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 mgtom wrote:

It's the crime of the century that Supertramp is not in the ROCK HALL !!



Not sure what Rock Hall is but their music was overplayed by Dave McNamee.   I'm almost over it after 40 plus years but not quite 
I would crank it up on my Bose 901s and it was sublime!
 TerryS wrote:

Hearing the opening wail on the harmonica, I just know to crank the system, pour a healthy shot of single cask anything, relax and let it happen, piano, drums, voice and all.


I'm doing exactly that - two fat fingers of Aberfeldy in the glass now and soon in my stomach.  LLRP and 12+ year-old Scotch! 
Still one of Prog Rocks best !!!
Hearing the opening wail on the harmonica, I just know to crank the system, pour a healthy shot of single cask anything, relax and let it happen, piano, drums, voice and all.
Evergreeeeeenin'
Hell, yeah -- still rocks! And yes, the vinyl for this was recorded very well indeed, with impeccable sound and playback. My high school buddy Karl used to jam this on his mind-blowing Yamaha-Nakamichi set-up while we hit the weed after school! We were young, wild, and free; we had jobs, and nice, bad-ass cars. I was somehow always able to score booze and weed, and virtually ALL the music that was being played on the radio or analog recordings was excellent. HEAVEN. At the time, we didn't realize just how lucky and blessed we were! Amen
Jmddj - wow, totally relate! Strawbs - what a capital idea. Selling England by the pound - yes! Or Lamb Lies ….
requires max volume!!!!
Super Tramp, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Sting, Alice Cooper, and their songs about school weirdness.
 lizardking wrote:

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!!




totally agree. I have a vinyl copy from back in 70's and wow my system sings with this LP & have to watch the neighbours complaining
the drums sound awesome
This use to be one of my least favorite Supertramp songs just because it was played so much on Chicago radio stations.  Now that I live in Northern Wisconsin and my channels are RP,  Sirius, and a college radio station the rare times I hear this song it is back to ranking up there with all the other Supertramp songs.
It's the crime of the century that Supertramp is not in the ROCK HALL !!
Bought this album in 1978--the super-high-fidelity version for my then new, $1,500 stereo. Lemmie tell you: this album in vinyl, loud, on a good stereo, is... very good.
This song does an amazing job of capturing the battleground that was elementary school. Fun times, but with an undercurrent of evil. Musically, I adore how the bass guitar has those swoops up to the note during the .. chorus? Makes it sound like the song's going to last forever.
Also, I saw this band during their tour to promote this album -- Kitchener, ON in '77. Wicked. So good.
Crime of the Century is what defines Supertramp to me - fabulous from beginning to end.

I had the vinyl when it first came out and I am sure I wore it out - I love hearing it so much now, brings me back to much different  era.
Just 3 Notes from the harmonica, and you know it's going to be so gooooooooooooooooooooood
Great song, better album. From the harmonica to the scream to the piano solo, Supertramp set the bar pretty high with this phenomenal LP. One of the first vinyl purchases I made on my soon to become weekly trips to Sam The Record Man and Phantasmagoria, the two best record stores in Montreal at the time. Bringing back lots of good memories. Feeling like some old Strawbs- Hero and Heroine or Genesis- Foxtrot or Selling England by The Pound would be appropriate in this playlist.
 Cynaera wrote:
Loved this when it first came out, and it still holds up today.  I played it on my turntable until the grooves were white, and then I bought the album again - THAT'S how much I loved it!  {#Dancingbanana_2}

Yup, know that feeling.
Sayonara Cynaera.
Oh this one is a total classic. And that piano solo! LOVE IT!
By the 80's I would not have expected Supertramp to stand up over time. But damn, this music lasts.
I had the good fortune to see Roger Hodgson play in may 2019. The public could stand very close to the stage, triggering Roger's comment at the start of the concert: "It's been a long time ago I stood so close to an audience. I'm so happy I trimmed my nose hairs". It was one of the best concerts I've ever seen!
Thanks Brian, wherever you are, for playing this album at full volume on your Pioneer amp and homemade speakers.
 lizardking wrote:

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!!


You're Bloody Well Right!
Never gets old...The day the aliens arrive (if we are still here) this would be a good introduction tune. It has a little of everything.
A 10 from me, no question. A friend of mine was lucky enough to go to a Supertramp concert. He told that the scene was completely dark at the start of "School",  right until the moment when the girl screams. Then all the lights came on. Wish I were there.  
Should be played with Uncertain smile and You don´t understand me. Great piano trio..
 Montreal_Mort wrote:
Aside from great old music - how about that album cover?!!
 
The golden age of album cover art.
Aside from great old music - how about that album cover?!!
I just upped my former "9" rating to a "10".  And I did it because of "the scream!"

Almost 50 years since I first owned this album, and I still pause, like a kid waiting for the "boom!" that follows the fireworks.  I know it's coming, but it still sends a tingle up my spine every time I hear it in the interlude.  And. . . of course, the whole song and the rest of the album are still great to listen to, especially when my wife is out of the house, and I can check out the higher volume numbers on my stereo.

In fact, she's away right now, and I do believe it's time to I rocked that album one more time.  Listen to you later, Bill and Rebecca.
Always want to hear Apollo 440 - The Man With The Harmonica after this.
There might be more innocent souls in super-hell than we think - General  Discussion - World of Warcraft Forums
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