Friday, July 17, 2015

"My Kind of Lady" by Supertramp

Song#:  1330
Date:  01/29/1983
Debut:  56
Peak:  31
Weeks:  12
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Supertramp's album "...Famous Last Words" was the last to featured the classic line-up of the band. This second single from the album would then become the last chart single for that line-up. The first single, "It's Raining Again," ran out of gas just short of the Top 10 (#11). That didn't bode well for this next release and indeed it faltered shy of the Top 30. However, it did get to #16 at AC. After the band's tour in support of the album, lead singer and songwriter Roger Hodgson decided to leave for a solo career. The remaining four band members would soldier on and have a bit of success with their next album.

ReduxReview:  I didn't care much for the album and this single didn't help matters. The retro sounding doo-wop tune sung by Rick Davies seemed a bit odd for them and a little out of place for the pop chart around this time. Supertramp was fading by this time and with Hodgson departing, their days were numbered. They had many brilliant moments over their recording career, but unfortunately I don't count this song as one of them.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  Although this song is credited as begin written by Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson, it was really just a Davies tune. Being the main songwriters of the group, Davies and Hodgson struck a deal in 1974 that was similar to the one done by Paul McCartney and John Lennon. Basically, both artists are given a songwriting credit regardless if one or both of them wrote the tune. Their deal lasted until Hodgson left the band.


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