Crime Of The Century
1974 | Rock
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“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 out and put your eyes.”
- Crime Of The Century hit number 38 on the Billboard 200 chart.
- The album was #27 on Rolling Stone's "50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time."
- While recording the album, Davies and Hodgson recorded approximately 42 demo songs, from which only 8 were chosen to appear on the album.
- Check out our page on their song The Logical Song.
THE HOT TAKES
You know, I rather prefer this song to Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall." It's progressive, it's got some sweet jams. The instrumentation is incredible. It hits school from so many angles: the double standards. The rules. The refusal to let children actually experience life. It leaves kids "full of doubt," and to deny this is for most people to deny their own experience. I know I can't deny mine! If my life prior to vacating the school system could be summarized, it would be a daily struggle to experience life, in opposition to everyone who deemed to know better than me. Walking the line between respectability and rebellion. This is a song that just gets it right. One of the ages, and one many people have never heard.
This sarcastic little song about the public school authoritarian indoctrination system is a bit eerie, but lays out some of the problems with the “molding” of children by a State system.
“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 out and put your eyes”
Do what your teachers say, regurgitate the right information, jump when the bell rings, be a part of the collective and you’ll be "good". No individuals here! If you try to follow your own interests, and question the authorities and the system, you are a bad boy or girl, a nonconformist who doesn’t know how to “get along.” Public schools are the worst place for anyone to put a growing mind trying to figure out who they are. Maybe they’re a big part of the reason there are so many adults that don’t know who they are and are still trying to figure it out.
This might take the cake for the most progressive song on the list. I had to verify I had the right track it was so weird. It’s odd to me that even the normies seem to understand what school is really for. No molding young minds, no preparing for life. School exists to make children cogs in a machine. The truly sad part is that the world they’re being prepared for no longer exists. I personally find it interesting that so much of Supertramp’s music centers around school. Even more interesting considering they weren’t a band of kids. Why does school keep coming up on this list? Bottom line, school is how we’ve taught each generation to be OK with more subjugation than the last. It’s how we create cannon fodder. It’s how we trained a people to not understand economics and keep voting for poor choices...their all terrible I suppose.