Crime Of The Century
1974 | Rock
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“So you think your schooling's phony, I guess it's hard not to agree. -- You say it all depends on money, and who is in your family tree."
- Bloody well right was the B-side to the song dreamer and eclipsed it here in the states hitting #35 on the Hot 100.
- The song's length is extended live often reaching over seven minutes.
- The common theme (school) shared with track one of the record led people to erroneously treat the album like a concept album.
THE HOT TAKES
The full library of Supertramp is something I've only come to appreciate this year. They've got a lot of great points to make, so it's little mystery why I wasn't made aware of them sooner. Better if we're all listening to meaningless tunes from artists willing to parrot the acceptable opinions, eh? So does it all depend on money and who we are related to? Well, maybe. It's absolutely true that some people are "groomed" for positions of power. The ones who do the grooming have their palms greased to make the magic happen. It sounds like a bit from a comic book, but there is also a folly to this arrogance. Those who believe they control everything can overplay their hand. They can be so self-assured that they do not see their obvious flaws. (Cue image of 97% chance of Hillary Clinton winning the 2016 election.) I know that example has limited usefulness, because Trump is no stranger in the same circles that the Clintons frequented. But you can still appreciate the defiance of the "official decree."
I’m a fan of the Supertramp! This song deals with nepotism and authoritarianism. While nepotism can be frustrating and annoying, authoritarianism can be tyrannical and deadly. This is one thing that the authoritarian types have a hard time with, annoyance and unfairness are not necessarily things to be regulated. You will never regulate out all the unfairness in the world, and by trying to do so, you potentially make the problems of bias worse. Authoritarianism is, in fact, what leads to the kind of nannying that makes equality laws, but the problem with an authority that has enough power to do “good,” is also one that has the power to do what it wants.
For some strange reason I can't shake thinking about the Dave Chappelle special Sticks & Stones in relationship to this song. The special made waves for it's "controversial" position standing up to PC culture and was lauded by supporters as his masterwork & reviled by impotent media sources as part of the problem. Mostly those media outlets just drove traffic to netflix. The thing is for me none of this stood out. I really don't care about anyones opinions on anyones sexuality and poking fun at the PC crew is just kinda whatever to me. The part that sticks in my craw and frankly is emblematic of what this song is saying is at the very end of the hidden portion of the special. The bonus content ends with Chappelle telling a story that takes place 15 years earlier. The story centers around a bunch of global political figures in the green room with Dave and it's the prelude to him talking about meeting President Obama before he had won. The striking part for me was the names. Nearly two decades ago a room full of now powerful global elites were all palin around. It seems like to big a world for that many figures on the global stage to have such an interconnected history. Unless you believe that there is a tract that the elites are groomed through to become the powerful. This song is making a class argument and i think its a fair demarcation it's not a perfect one. Maybe moreso in England than the states. I personally wonder was that Dave Chappelle trying to low-key redpill america. I remember getting that feeling in his last special and it's only grown with the Sticks and Stones. I suppose the takeaway is what makes power and how do these systems perpetuate themselves.