Sunday, September 11, 2016

109. Supertramp - Breakfast in America

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If one reads the date of posting and the album title first before looking at my work, s/he might get the impression that I am suggesting the sight of a huge heap
of destruction from the bombing of the World Trade Center,  the 9/11 attacks,  as an offering menu for "breakfast in America".  Hell no, I don't make parodies of
other people's  misfortunes and  never of this magnitude.  I was watching  that event  myself live on CNN as it was unfolding,  and my thoughts then was that this
was really  bad day  for America  and I was  scared that  this might  be the sign of  things to come.  And come it did.  We have  had  our share of bombings too.
Fifteen years and counting.

My work is  only a Cut-out  processing of  part of the original  album cover  art in three  different  versions:  preserving the
glass of orange  juice in the first,  the face of the  waitress in the second  and the  restaurant menu  (with the album title)
in the third. One may ask, "did I do it to commemorate  the events of 9/11?" My answer, In part, is yes, but if remembering
becomes  too painful,  I'd rather say no.  This is just  all about the  album  cover art  designed by  Mike Doud for  Breakfast
in America,  an album  by Supertramp,  released  in  March  1979.  The album  cover art   itself has  its  own  story  to tell.

Twenty-two years before 9/11 it was just like this.

No. 85, Billboard, The 300 Best-Selling Albums of All Time; No. 294, The Virgin All-Time Album Top 1000.

No. 33, Rolling Stone, The 100 Greatest Album Covers.

Photo by Mark Hanauer, artwork & cover art concept by Mike Doud, art direction by Mike Doub & Mick Haggerty.
Album produced by Peter Henderson & Supertramp. A&M 1979.

The history of classic rock is littered with albums whose covers have been scrutinized for hidden meanings, most famously the “Paul McCartney is dead” rumor
that led fans to look for clues across three Beatles albums.  A more recent conspiracy theory  suggested that the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, were
a plot by the Freemasons, and they were hinting at it as far back as 1979 – on the cover of Supertramp’s hit Breakfast in America album.

A nearly three-and-a-half-minute video,  which first came to wide notice after a 2016 report by Dangerous Minds, outlines the scenario:  Supertramp’s famous
cover is a depiction  of the New York City  skyline as seen from an airplane,  with a waitress,  substituting for the  Statue of Liberty,  holding a glass of orange
juice instead of a torch.  The juice is  positioned in front of the  Twin Towers and just happens to be the  same color as fire.  The kicker is that if you hold the
record in front of a mirror — an act required for nearly every rock conspiracy theory out there — the “u” and “p” in “Supertramp” look like a “9” and an “11.”

The band’s name could  be seen as a synonym for “great whore” – as in the Great Whore of Babylon,  the embodiment of sin
in the New Testament’s Book of Revelation.  And even the title Breakfast in America tells everybody when the attacks would
be coming; the first plane struck One World Trade Center at 8:45AM ET. If that’s not enough evidence, a plane is seen flying
toward the skyline on the back cover. Dave Lifton for Ultimate Classic Rock

(A) Gone Hollywood - The Logical Song - Goodbye Stranger - Breakfast in America - Oh Darling

(B) Take the Long Way Home - Lord Is It Mine - Just Another Nervous Wreck - Casual Conversations - Child of Vision

"Breakfast in America" live from Roger Hodgson on YouTube.


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