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TGIF Rock-n-Roll Oldies: 10cc 1975
Reaganite Republican ^ | December 03, 2010 | Reaganite Republican

Posted on 12/03/2010 10:01:00 AM PST by Reaganite Republican

10cc were an English art rock band initially consisting of four musicians: Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme...


For the most part, 10cc featured two strong songwriting teams, one 'commercial' and one 'artistic'. Both teams however injected sharp wit to lyrically-dextrous and musically varied songs. Stewart and Gouldman were predominantly pop-song-writers, who created most of the band's accessible songs.

In contrast, Godley and Creme -who went on after the band's breakups to make a series of records together- were the predominantly experimental half of 10cc, featuring an Art School sensibility and cinematic inspired writing. However, every member was a multi-instrumentalist, singer, writer, and producer.

"Donna", released as the first 10cc single, was chosen by BBC Radio 1 disc jockey Tony Blackburn as his Record of the Week, helping to launch it into the Top 30. The song peaked at #2 in the UK in October 1972. A similar 50's influence/ can be found in many of the band's pop songs, on-through 1977's American radio standard "The Things We Do for Love".

After a series of moderate hits the band signed a major deal with Mercury Records- the catalyst for the deal was one song – "I'm Not in Love".

The band's producer recalled: "At that point in time we were... struggling. We were absolutely skint, the lot of us, we were really struggling seriously, and Philips Phonogram wanted to do a deal with us. They wanted to buy Jonathan King's contract. I rang them. I said come and have a listen to what we've done, come and have a listen to this track.

And they came up and they freaked, and they said "This is a masterpiece. How much money, what do you want? What sort of a contract do you want? We'll do anything, we'll sign it".

On the strength of that one song, 10cc did a five-year deal with them for five albums and paid a serious amount of money. The Original Soundtrack, an LP which was already complete, was released just weeks later. The album went on to both a critical and commercial success.

It is also notable for its opening track, Godley & Creme's "Une Nuit A Paris (One Night In Paris)", an eight-minute, multi-part "mini-operetta" that is thought to have been an influence on "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen. Its melody can also be heard in the overture to Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986 musical "Phantom of the Opera".

"I'm Not in Love" then gave the band their second UK #1 in June 1975. The song also provided them with their first US chart success when the song reached #2....

[YouTube]: 10CC - "I'm Not in Love" - 1975

Video/links/more at Reaganite Republican


TOPICS: History; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: 10cc; music; oldies; rock

1 posted on 12/03/2010 10:01:09 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

Great tune.


2 posted on 12/03/2010 10:03:32 AM PST by spiffy
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To: spiffy

I’ve heard it 10,000 times... still not sick of it


3 posted on 12/03/2010 10:04:25 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

Having graduated in 1975, I have to admit I know that song well.


4 posted on 12/03/2010 10:10:21 AM PST by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: Reaganite Republican

I’m Not In Love is an excellent song.


5 posted on 12/03/2010 10:10:58 AM PST by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: caver

This song sounds best in a Cutlass Supreme with T-tops lol


6 posted on 12/03/2010 10:17:11 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

Ha!


7 posted on 12/03/2010 10:38:15 AM PST by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: Reaganite Republican

One the better videos from the ‘80s. And a good tune.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSXomO6tEGA&feature=related
Godly & Cream - Cry


8 posted on 12/03/2010 10:42:47 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

Much obliged abb


9 posted on 12/03/2010 10:45:18 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: spiffy
Great tune.

One of those songs that the first time you heard it, made you go, "Wow!".

10 posted on 12/03/2010 10:45:22 AM PST by dfwgator (Congratulations to Josh Hamilton - AL MVP)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Don’t know if you were ever a “Miami Vice” fan, but that song was used in the episode “Definitely Miami.” Ted Nugent was the guest star in that episode. He was a contract killer, lol.


11 posted on 12/03/2010 10:48:20 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

Now Deadly Teddly is a LIB killer!

Only figuratively... to the best of my knowledge lol


12 posted on 12/03/2010 10:51:08 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: dfwgator

That’s what the record company said according to the story- they used the word “masterpiece” and said “how much do you want?”

Agreed- odd nobody can create anything like that anymore


13 posted on 12/03/2010 10:53:01 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

big boys don’t cry,
big boys don’t cry...


14 posted on 12/03/2010 10:53:01 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: Hatteras

Tell John Boehner that lol


15 posted on 12/03/2010 10:54:26 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

And, from the same era, a similarly mellow and equally magnificent:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIK5F4zRN0Y

Gotta feel sorry for today’s generation with the musical dross that is “their” music.


16 posted on 12/03/2010 10:54:40 AM PST by EyeGuy (RaceMarxist Obama: The Politics of Vengeance)
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To: EyeGuy

BTW, smack me if I’ve already posted this to you before.

I think I have; you or someone with a similar FR Handle.


17 posted on 12/03/2010 10:57:14 AM PST by EyeGuy (RaceMarxist Obama: The Politics of Vengeance)
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To: EyeGuy

Most all new music is rubbish- and what is OK is mostly unoriginal, watered down versions of better bands of the past

And there are ZERO interesting rock ballads like 10cc put out... forget about it, no class at all the Reality TV generation- bunch of ignorant slobs


18 posted on 12/03/2010 10:58:20 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: EyeGuy

When I think of that era, the song that comes to mind is Autobahn by Kraftwerk.

The electronic music then was so radical, of course now we take it for granted, but back then the sound was so revolutionary.


19 posted on 12/03/2010 10:58:35 AM PST by dfwgator (Congratulations to Josh Hamilton - AL MVP)
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To: Reaganite Republican

love this song... on my favorites list... big boys don’t cry...


20 posted on 12/03/2010 10:58:40 AM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: Reaganite Republican

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rm2YqbqwXAQ

I prefer the Chrissie Hynde cover of “I’m not in love”.


21 posted on 12/03/2010 10:59:25 AM PST by Snickering Hound
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To: EyeGuy
Gotta feel sorry for today’s generation with the musical dross that is “their” music

I told my daughter and son-in-law just the other day that they missed out on one of the best things ever. Rock & roll and concerts and such.

22 posted on 12/03/2010 11:00:45 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: dfwgator

Ich fahrn fahrn fahrn

auf der Autobahn!!!


23 posted on 12/03/2010 11:02:54 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: dfwgator

Back in the mid 70’s I was a Prog Rock and Jazz Fusion fan, later moving on the Punk and New Wave scene, and in my condescending ignorance dissed a lot of the conventional rock and pop of that era. It was great to rediscover it years later.

There was SO much good music in the decade of the 70’s


24 posted on 12/03/2010 11:05:55 AM PST by EyeGuy (RaceMarxist Obama: The Politics of Vengeance)
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To: EyeGuy

My all-time favorite album came out in 1974, Genesis’ “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway”, it still sounds fresh today, which is unusual for a lot of prog from that era.


25 posted on 12/03/2010 11:07:55 AM PST by dfwgator (Congratulations to Josh Hamilton - AL MVP)
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To: abb
I've got almost all of my music now in digital format, (lossless .flac files), so that with a click of a mouse I can dazzle my kids and their friends, with, oh so say the thundering magnificence of Led Zep’s “The Song Remains the Same”, or say the Eagles’ timeless, elegiac story ballad “Lyin'’ Eyes”.

Regarding concerts:

I was just looking through my Concert ticket stub album. A representative entry:

Jeff Beck/Mahavishnu Orchestra
Ambassador Theatre
St. Louis, MO
1974
10th row-Left Center

$6.50 (!!)

26 posted on 12/03/2010 11:12:52 AM PST by EyeGuy (RaceMarxist Obama: The Politics of Vengeance)
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To: Reaganite Republican
I was a big 10cc fan back in the day. I saw them in concert at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in 1977. It was like the third concert I had ever been to. I remember it well.

Overall 10cc lost their magic after Godley and Creme left.

27 posted on 12/03/2010 11:14:48 AM PST by GSWarrior
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To: Snickering Hound

10cc’s How Dare You was one of the best albums of mid-70’s. I bought if for “Art for Art’s Sake,” but the whole album was surprisingly good.


28 posted on 12/03/2010 11:15:59 AM PST by stiguy
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To: southernsunshine

ping


29 posted on 12/03/2010 11:17:29 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: dfwgator

“And the carpet crawlers heed their callers:
We’ve got to get in to get out..”

Now you’re talking, Mr Dallas!

I have that bit of prime Prog/Art Rock on my music server at the office, and my patients will often ask (among the other esoterica I feature [LOL]), “Who IS that band? I never heard anything like that before!”


30 posted on 12/03/2010 11:20:47 AM PST by EyeGuy (')
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To: EyeGuy

I’ve saved most of my concert stubs too, spanning the 70s to the present day. I remember fretting over paying $25 to see Roxy Music in 1977.


31 posted on 12/03/2010 11:20:59 AM PST by GSWarrior
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To: GSWarrior

$25.00 in 1977?

That must have been a Backstage Pass! {LOL}

Or, California pricing....


32 posted on 12/03/2010 11:28:16 AM PST by EyeGuy (')
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To: dfwgator

‘Can’ was arguably the best of the German lot (a bit earlier than Kraftwerk, though). ‘Tangerine Dream’ if you *really* want to go ‘far out’ on electronic music. (My favorite Krautrock piece remains to be ‘Solar Music Live’
by Grobschnitt - horribly compressed as it may be.)


33 posted on 12/03/2010 1:04:06 PM PST by Moltke ('Tis very strange. - Hamlet)
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To: Reaganite Republican
On the strength of that one song, 10cc did a five-year deal with them for five albums and paid a serious amount of money.

They actually paid to have their music published? What's the point of that?

34 posted on 12/03/2010 1:12:53 PM PST by Moltke ('Tis very strange. - Hamlet)
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To: EyeGuy

Would still be 650 now, just remove the decimal lol


35 posted on 12/03/2010 2:20:20 PM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: EyeGuy

I am exactly the same

Last five years have been an eye opener, and luckily I caught the tail end of the golden rock era with late 70s concerts

Recent learning curve focused on 60s and more British stuff like Status Quo


36 posted on 12/03/2010 2:22:18 PM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: EyeGuy
Back in the mid 70’s I was a Prog Rock and Jazz Fusion fan, later moving on the Punk and New Wave scene, and in my condescending ignorance dissed a lot of the conventional rock and pop of that era. It was great to rediscover it years later.

I'm right with you there.

37 posted on 12/03/2010 7:57:04 PM PST by GATOR NAVY ("The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen." -Dennis Prager)
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To: EyeGuy

This is precisely the kind of older rock pop I feature every Friday, fwiw

http://reaganiterepublicanresistance.blogspot.com/search?q=oldies


38 posted on 12/04/2010 2:32:29 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

Heh! One of my closest friends in H.S. had an Olds 442 (performance version of the Cutlass) with t-tops and a 455 engine. That thing was awesome.


39 posted on 12/04/2010 2:42:29 AM PST by FreedomPoster (No Representation without Taxation!)
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To: FreedomPoster

When I was in HS, Cutlass Supreme was the best selling car in the United States (1977)

Now it’s a freaking Toyota


40 posted on 12/04/2010 3:59:17 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

The car in question was probably a ‘75 +/-, so same time frame.

Back to your comment, the only saving grace is that most of those Toyotas are made in Kentucky.


41 posted on 12/04/2010 4:23:54 AM PST by FreedomPoster (No Representation without Taxation!)
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To: abb; Reaganite Republican

RR - Good music!

abb - Much obliged for the ping:) This song doesn’t fit w/the era on this thread, but here’s what I was listening to when I got your ping:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYN74ZW4k_E
Counting Crows - Mr. Jones (Official)


42 posted on 12/04/2010 8:50:03 AM PST by southernsunshine
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To: Reaganite Republican
JMHO, but “I'm Not in Love” is the lamest song 10cc produced.

Everyone’s going to be free
But they'll have to agree to be free
They'll have to agree to be less free than me
‘Cause I rule the world you see
So wait for the army of kiddy-winkies
And terrible tiny tots
In armoured school buses
Firing poison pea-shooters
And sinking their milk teeth into your thighs
Delapsus resurgam when I fall I shall rise

From “I want to Rule the World”

43 posted on 12/04/2010 3:13:15 PM PST by BraveMan
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