10cc are an English rock band founded in Stockport who achieved their greatest commercial success in the 1970s. The band initially consisted of four musicians – Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley, and Lol Creme.
Title: Ten Out Of 10
Label: Mercury Records
Ten Out of 10 is the eighth studio album by 10cc and was released in 1981. It failed to chart in the US or UK. The album marked the first involvement with the band by American singer-songwriter Andrew Gold, who was also invited to join the band, but declined because of other commitments.
Gouldman said the band’s label in the U.S., Warner Bros. Records wanted more of an American flavour to the album. “They were keen for us to work with an American producer or writer. Well, we hadn’t had any big success since ’78, and we wanted to get hot again. When they suggested Andrew Gold, I was over the moon. I’d always adored his work, and I reckoned he would be a kindred spirit … I felt really we needed some new blood, but it didn’t work out. Andrew was doing so much stuff in America that it just wasn’t practical, although he really wanted to do it.”
Gouldman later admitted greater involvement by Gold might have lifted the band’s early 1980s output from its mediocrity. “We should either have tried to change direction, which we didn’t, or got someone else in the band, which we almost did. The albums weren’t really bad, there was always the integrity, and the production values, but in retrospect, I find them rather dour, rather lacklustre. That’s why I thought we should have got someone else in, to kick us up the arse. We didn’t see what was going on around us, maybe we should have got a producer at that point.”
Gold was invited to record with the band by Lenny Waronker, head of A&R at Warners. He explained: “He was of the opinion that, although the album was very strong, it might benefit the US audience to have a few additional cuts tailored more for the American ear. As he knew I was an Anglophile, we might hit it off well. “Soon I was in the UK, co-writing and co-producing three tracks for the album, which was a blast to do and turned out very well. During the course of my three-week stay, Eric, Graham and I fell in love, as it were, and soon they asked me to join the band, which was an extremely exciting offer. For various reasons, which now seem dumb to me, and after great consideration, I demurred in favour of pursuing my own career and returned to America.”
Although the album featured two of the musicians used on 1980’s Look Hear? – drummer Paul Burgess on all but two tracks, guitarist and singer Rick Fenn on two tracks – Ten Out of 10 was clearly a return to the core duo of Graham Gouldman and Eric Stewart. A variety of session musicians, including pianist Vic Emerson of Sad Café, were employed for the album, but unlike its predecessor, they were not acknowledged on the album as part of “the group”. Instead they were credited by name after the contributions of Gouldman and Stewart, who were identified only as “Graham” and “Eric”. The only band member photos on the album were those of Gouldman and Stewart.
The album yielded the following singles: “Les Nouveaux Riches”/”I Hate to Eat Alone” (UK release); “Don’t Turn Me Away”/”Tomorrow’s World Today”; “The Power of Love”/”You’re Coming Home Again” (released with “Action Man in a Motown Suit” as the B-side in some countries); “Memories”/”Overdraft in Overdrive” (Holland only); “Run Away”/”Action Man in a Motown Suit”; “We’ve Heard It All Before”/”Overdraft in Overdrive” (UK only). “Memories” was also scheduled for UK release in February 1982 but substituted with “The Power of Love” a month later.
Recording was split between the band’s two studios, Strawberry Studios South at Dorking, Surrey, and Strawberry Studios North at Stockport, Greater Manchester.
Cover design for the album was by Visible Ink Ltd, which also created the cover for ABC‘s The Lexicon of Love (1982).
1. Don’t Ask (4:02)
2. Overdraft In Overdrive (3:24)
3. Don’t Turn Me Away (5:03)
4. Memories (4:31)
5. Notell Hotel (4:56)
1. Les Nouveaux Riches (5:11)
2. Action Man In Motown Suit (4:45)
3. Listen With Your Eyes (3:10)
4. Lying Here With You (3:22)
5. Survivor (5:46)
10cc is an English art rock band founded in Stockport that achieved its greatest commercial success in the 1970s. The band initially consisted of four musicians—Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley, and Lol Creme—who had written and recorded together for some three years, before assuming the name “10cc” in 1972.
Title: The Original Soundtrack
“The Original Soundtrack” is the third studio album by the English art rock band 10cc. It was released in 1975 and peaked at number four on the UK Albums Chart. The album includes the singles “Life Is a Minestrone” and “I’m Not in Love”, the latter of which is the band’s most popular song.
The album was recorded and produced by the band at Strawberry Studios in 1974 with Eric Stewart engineering and mixing.
The album was the first to be released by Mercury Records after signing the band for $1 million in February 1975. The catalyst for the deal was the fact the record executives had heard one song “I’m Not in Love”. Eric Stewart recalled:
At that point in time we were still on Jonathan King’s label, but 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, we did a five-year deal with them for five albums and they paid us a serious amount of money.
The rest of the album, which was already complete, was released just weeks later.
The album’s opening track, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme’s “Une Nuit A Paris”, is an nine-minute, multi-part “mini-operetta”. Its melody can also be heard in the overture to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1986 musical The Phantom of the Opera.
The album’s most famous song, “I’m Not in Love”, was built around a simple title by Stewart. The song is noted for its innovative production, especially its richly overdubbed choral backing.
The artwork was designed by Hipgnosis and illustrated by artist Humphrey Ocean.
1. Une Nuit A Paris (8:39)
(Part 1 – One Night In Paris)
(Part 2 – Same Night In Paris)
(Part 3 – Later The Same Night In Paris)
2. I’m Not In Love 6:04
3 Blackmail 4:55
1. The Second Sitting For The Last Supper 4:23
2. Brand New Day 4:03
3. Flying Junk 4:10
4. Life Is A Minestrone 4:30
5. The Film Of My Love 5:03