Between late 1979 and the end of 1989, there were nearly 500 (real) one-hit wonders of the 80s that reached the BILLBOARD Hot 100 just one time, a list that includes Soft Cell, Gary Numan, Timbuk 3, The Church, Bronski Beat, Nik Kershaw, The Buggles, The Waitresses, Ultravox and two different bands named The Silencers. Once a week, I’ll highlight a (real) one-hit wonder for you.
As a founding member and co-frontman for the London-based Progressive Rock group, Supertramp, Roger Hodgson helped guide the band to much success through their first seven studio albums, including 1979’s multi-platinum BREAKFAST IN AMERICA album, as well a double live album (1980’s PARIS), and several hit singles, including two Top 10 hits on the BILLBOARD Hot 100 from BREAKFAST IN AMERICA, “The Logical Song” and “Take The Long Way Home.”
The working relationship between Roger Hodgson and Supertramp’s other co-frontman, Rick Davies, became strained after BREAKFAST IN AMERICA, and by their 1982 album, …FAMOUS LAST WORDS…, they were writing separately. They disagreed on what the album should sound like – Roger wanted more of a Pop sound like what they had on BREAKFAST IN AMERICA, while Rick wanted a more Progressive sound, which would become Supertramp’s eighth album, 1985’s BROTHER WHERE YOU BOUND.
Before …FAMOUS LAST WORDS…, Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies were listed as co-authors on the band’s songs, but for this album, it was nearly split down the middle, with Roger writing five and Rick writing four. The band scored two more Top 40 hits, “It’s Raining Again” (written by Roger Hodgson; four weeks at No. 11, December 1982 / January 1983) and “My Kind Of Lady” (written by Rick Davies; No. 31, March 1983).
Roger Hodgson was already living in Northeastern California with his family for a couple of years before leaving Supertramp in 1983. The rest of the band remained in Los Angeles, where they had relocated to in the late 70s. The following year, Roger released his first of three solo albums away from Supertramp – IN THE EYE OF THE STORM.
IN THE EYE OF THE STORM was recorded at Roger’s California home studio and, though it was not a big success in the U.S. or the U.K., the album would go on to sell a couple million copies worldwide, having its biggest success in Canada, where it went platinum within a month after its release.
A four-minute version of the album’s eight-and-a-half minute opener, “Had A Dream (Sleeping With The Enemy),” served as the album’s first single. “Had A Dream” debuted on the BILLBOARD Hot 100 in the same month as the album’s release (October 1984), and had a slow climb but managed to peak in the upper half of the chart, spending two weeks at No. 48 in December 1984, and a total of 15 weeks on the Hot 100. Roger would release one more single from IN THE EYE OF THE STORM and more singles from future releases, but “Had A Dream” would be the only time he would reach the chart on his own. The single did fare better in Canada (No. 27) and on BILLBOARD’s Mainstream Rock chart (No. 5).
Over the years, Roger went on to release two more solo studio albums, 1987’s HAI HAI and 2000’s OPEN THE DOOR, as well as two solo live albums, 1997’s RITES OF PASSAGE and 2010’s CLASSICS LIVE.
As for a Supertramp reunion with Roger Hodgson, well, in 2009, he said he could not see that ever happening, adding in an interview that year, “We’ve looked at it and talked it over… I would never say never but Rick [Davies] has pretty much retired right now and I’m in the prime of my life. The reaction I am getting from fans is ‘please don’t reunite’.”
Today, both Roger Hodgson and Supertramp remain two separate entities, with Roger touring Europe and Supertramp still together, the latter of which about to embark on a 25-date European tour in 2015, when they had to cancel, because frontman Rick Davies was (and still is, to my knowledge) battling multiple myeloma (or a cancer of the plasma cells).
I didn’t really follow Roger Hodgson’s career (or Supertramp’s) after 1985, but I did really enjoy this song (as long as I don’t have to watch the original creepy video; not included here), which did, for eight-and-a-half minutes anyway, harken back to the old sounds of Supertramp, where there were no “enemies” among band members and where deserved success for the band wasn’t a dream…