Supertramp: “Lady” (1975)

The album track gets the gong in this edited version.

Kronomyth 4.1: A single lady in crisis.

Unlike the Supertramp albums before and after, Crisis? What Crisis? didn’t have an obvious hit. So, the labels decided to offer a slimmed-down Lady as the single, which quickly faded from view. It’s a catchy enough song and I love the way Roger Hodgson sings it slightly off key, but it’s no “Dreamer.” Personally, I think the single edit is the better version, since the original ending rambled on for too long.

The B side is a nonalbum track, You Started Laughing When I Held You in My Arms, a title only a 10cc fan could love. It’s not as silly as it sounds, instead favoring the slow, fuzzy sound of Pink Floyd and Alan Parsons Project. It’s also not hard to hear why they left it off the original album, since it’s not one of Rick Davies’ stronger compositions. Oddly, when the time came to assemble the live Paris, “Lady” vanished and “You Started Laughing” was embraced.

Original 7-inch single version

A1. Lady (Roger Hodgson/Rick Davies) (3:40)
B1. You Started Laughing When I Held You in My Arms (Roger Hodgson/Rick Davies) (3:58)

The Plastic

Released on 7-inch single in November 1975 in the UK (A&M, AMS 7201), Australia (A&M/Festival, K-6204) and the Netherlands (A&M, 16469-AT) and in 1976 in Yugoslavia (A&M/RTB, S 53 913) with regional picture sleeve. Also released as promotional 7-inch single in January 1976 in the US (A&M, AM-1793) feat. A stereo and mono versions.

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