Friday lost and found: 'Cannonball' time with Supertramp
Supertramp straddled the decade line, having equal success in the ‘70s and ‘80s with nine Top 40 hits ranging from 1975 to 1985. Their last single to chart was Cannonball, which reached No. 28 in the summer of 1985.
Cannonball was the first Supertramp single not to feature Roger Hodgson as keyboardist Rick Davies took over lead vocals on the Brother Where You Bound album after Hodgson went solo.
The video for the horned-flavored Cannonball blends not so seamlessly between performance and an appearance by Cro-Magnon Man, who is not as humble as Phil Hartman’s Caveman Lawyer or exasperated as the Geico Cave Men.
Proving Homo Sapiens have short attention spans, the video for Cannonball was edited to five minutes compared with the album version, which logs in at 7:38. However, that pales in comparison to the title track that is a very-proggy 16:30 minutes long and features oration from George Orwell’s 1984 at the beginning. The film/video for Brother Where You Bound can be viewed in its entirety on YouTube.
Hopes for a Hodgson-Supertramp reunion seem nearly extinct.