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Formed in 1972, split in 1983 and reunited between 1991 and 1995.
Since 1999 a new version of the band has been touring but no new recordings have been released.

Deriving their name from the metric total of semen ejaculated by the average male, the tongue-in-cheek British art-pop band 10cc comprised an all-star roster of Manchester-based musicians. Vocalist/guitarist Graham Gouldman was a former member of The Mockingbirds and the author of hits for The Yardbirds, The Hollies, Herman's Hermits and Jeff Beck; singer/guitarist Eric Stewart was an alumn of Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders; and vocalists/multi-instrumentalists Kevin Godley and Lol Creme were both highly regarded studio players. All of them played on eccentric prog folk artist RAMASES' 1971 studio album "Space Hymns".

10cc began in 1970 as a session unit dubbed Hotlegs; after establishing residence at Stewart's Strawberry Studios, Hotlegs scored a surprise U.K. smash hit with the single "Neanderthal Man," subsequently issuing an LP, "Thinks: School Times", and touring with The Moody Blues.
After signing to Jonathan King's U.K. label and rechristening themselves 10cc (a name suggested by King himself), the group backed Neil Sedaka before recording 1972's "Donna," a sly satire of late-'50s doo-wop. The single reached Number Two on the British charts, establishing not only a long-running string of major hits, but also the quartet's fondness for ironic and affectionate reclamations of musty pop styles. The follow-up, "Rubber Bullets," topped the charts in 1973, and both the subsequent single "The Dean and I" and a self-titled debut LP further solidified 10cc as a major force in British pop.

While 1974's "Sheet Music" and singles, including the Brian Wilson-esque "Wall Street Shuffle," "Silly Love" and "Life Is a Minestrone" continued 10cc's dominance of the U.K. charts, they found the American market virtually impenetrable prior to the release of 1975's "I'm Not in Love," which topped the British charts and climbed as high as Number Two in the States. After 1975's "Original Soundtrack" and the next year's "How Dare You!", Godley and Creme left the band to focus on video production, as well as developing the 'Gizmo', a guitar modification device the duo invented. In the wake of their departure, Gouldman and Stewart continued on alone, enlisting the aid of session men to record 1977's "Deceptive Bends", highlighted by the pe...
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10CC top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.59 | 18 ratings
Hotlegs: Thinks - School Stinks
1970
3.60 | 84 ratings
10cc
1973
3.73 | 113 ratings
Sheet Music
1974
3.71 | 130 ratings
The Original Soundtrack
1975
3.73 | 130 ratings
How Dare You!
1976
3.27 | 100 ratings
Deceptive Bends
1977
3.20 | 88 ratings
Bloody Tourists
1978
2.23 | 48 ratings
Look Hear?
1980
2.87 | 45 ratings
10 Out Of 10
1981
2.21 | 42 ratings
Windows In The Jungle
1983
2.54 | 38 ratings
...Meanwhile
1992
1.94 | 32 ratings
Mirror Mirror
1995

10CC Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 8 ratings
10cc Live in Concert
1977
3.86 | 20 ratings
Live And Let Live
1977
3.15 | 8 ratings
Alive
1993
3.08 | 9 ratings
King Biscuit Flower Hour
1996

10CC Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

2.26 | 4 ratings
Alive - Classic Hits Tour
2001
2.63 | 5 ratings
Live In Japan
2004
3.67 | 3 ratings
Tenology
2012

10CC Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.59 | 6 ratings
100CC Greatest Hits of 10CC
1975
3.53 | 19 ratings
Greatest Hits 1972- 1978
1979
3.92 | 5 ratings
Two Classic Albums by 10cc
1990
2.00 | 2 ratings
Il Grande Rock
1991
3.98 | 13 ratings
The Very Best of 10cc
1997
3.75 | 4 ratings
The Complete UK Recordings 1972-1974
2004
3.08 | 5 ratings
Greatest Hits... And More
2006
3.50 | 2 ratings
10CC (Platinum Collection)
2007

10CC Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.00 | 2 ratings
Donna
1972
3.00 | 1 ratings
Waterfall
1973
4.20 | 5 ratings
The Wall Street Shuffle
1974
4.89 | 8 ratings
I'm Not in Love
1975
3.00 | 1 ratings
I'm Mandy, Fly Me
1976
4.67 | 3 ratings
The Things We Do for Love
1976
4.50 | 2 ratings
Dreadlock Holiday
1978
4.00 | 2 ratings
Don't Turn Me Away
1981
4.50 | 2 ratings
Memories
1981

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 How Dare You! by 10CC album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.73 | 130 ratings

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Review by Lupton

4 stars I wanna rule the world

Even though "How Dare You!" continued to show the two writing teams pulling in different directions with Godley/Creme wanting to go get closer pure art rock and Stewart/Gouldman wanting to produce straightforward pop rock they still managed to produce an excellent album and certainly far more consistently enjoyable than the frankly overrated "Original Soundtrack".

The album is largely dominated by Godley and Creme's artier ambitions such as the melodramatic "Don't Hang Up" and the rather cool opening title track full of guitar and keyboard interplay. "I wanna Rule The World" is genuinely funny and similar to the sort of comedy song the Bonzo Doo Da Band did in the 60's."Iceberg" is one of their more successful parody songs, this time sounding like a 40's jazz number but with plenty of their trademark twists and turns along with witty wordplay.

However as with their previous album my favorite tracks are the one's penned by Stewart and Gouldman. "Art For Art's Sake" is an absolute cracker with a spacey Floyd-like intro and a distinctively heavy riff, catchy chorus and plenty of musical development in the middle eight."I'm Mandy Fly Me" is even better with a very simple but effective guitar riff in the chorus.They even manage two guitar solos in the middle eight.The cryptic lyrics are extremely clever about a man who recalls surviving a plane crash and being rescued by a stewardess named Mandy- or did he imagine the whole thing?The song also references an earlier song "Clockwork Creep" about a bomb on a plane from the "Sheet Music" album suggesting a sequel of sorts.Truly one of their greatest ever songs.

Overall this is a fairly solid well produced album.Four stars.

 The Original Soundtrack by 10CC album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.71 | 130 ratings

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Review by Lupton

2 stars Cheesy listening.

10CC's first album for the Mercury label seems to be held up as their masterpiece.I am probably one of those fans who like them for the wrong reasons.I love their quirky complex song structures on the first two albums but I find their pastiches really tiring at times and no more than on this "The Original Soundtrack " .The opening track "Une Nuit A Paris" a sort of mock musical replete with Parisian street sounds and sung with a particularly annoying mock French accent is particularly irritating. I appreciate that it is cleverly constructed in a clever for the sake of being clever way and has a couple of interesting piano led passages but there is something cheesy about the whole affair and at over eight minutes the song really tests my patience. Even worse is the schmaltzy closing track "The Film Of My Love" clearly a early film music pastiche is utterly excruciating and has my vote for worst 10CC song ever.

On a brighter note, the album is home to "I'm Not In Love" -truly one of their finest creations and "Life Is Like A Minestrone"which could easily have come off "Sheet Music" complex structure,catchy chorus and witty lyrics.However apart from those two songs there is really nothing else on this album that really appeals to me.Even the only really rocking tune- "The Second Sitting For The Last Supper"palls after a few listens and reveals it to be rather pedestrian. The actual production is very strong but that is not really enough to save this album.I am deducing this album a whole star for the wretched closing track. 2 stars.

 Deceptive Bends by 10CC album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.27 | 100 ratings

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Review by Lupton

5 stars "You better do it right or you won't feel the benefit"

When Godley and Creme left 10CC to pursue their gizmo on the Consequences Album they took away much of the artiness that had helped define the band's earlier work especially the excellent "How Dare You". Clearly the remaining duo of Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman had some serious work on their hands to continue 10CC as a viable proposition.Fortunately, while Godley and Creme were rather simplistically viewed as the art-proggers while Stewart and Gouldman represented the more straight forward pop-rock, those two were exceptionally talented songwriters and surpassed all expectations with the brilliant follow up to "How Dare You".

The album starts off with "Good Morning Judge" a fairly short punchy rocker followed by the wonderful Beatlesque "The Things We Do For Love".Marriage Bureau Rendezvous" and "People In Love" are fairly lightweight in comparison but still beautifully arranged."Modern Man Blues" is a Bluesy number strongly reminiscent of Steely Dan circa their Pretzel Logic album especially the slow loping verses.I love the way the song suddenly shifts gear for the faster upbeat chorus where the subject is free of his wife and finally living his life.

Side two is where things get really interesting. "Honeymoon With B Troop" is a terrific little shape shifting song similar in structure to "Clockwork Creep" from the group's "Sheet Music" album and about the same length.I am so impressed with how many musical ideas they manage to cram into a song that is not even three minutes long."I Bought A Flat Guitar Tutor" with its acoustic bluesy backing is the closest thing to the sort of pastiche Godley and Creme were so fond of."You've Got A Cold" is another quirky rocker and one of those songs 10CC were so good at incorporating a middle eight of such complexity it is almost a song within a song (to quote Camel!) The crowning achievement has to be the eleven and a half minute magnum opus that is "Feel The Benefit".The opening arpeggiated guitar pattern is a clear nod to the Beatles's "Dear Prudence"but the way the big symphonic chords crashing in also reminds me of the beginning of the Genesis song, "Dance on A Volcano"The main vocal section is absolutely gorgeous and for once the orchestral backing really adds to the emotionally charged choruses.I particularly love the "Latin Break" section which is yet another shape shifting beauty.To cap it off the track ends with an excellent extended guitar solo which for some reason always reminds me of the final part of Yes's "Starship Trooper". In fact, the whole song is so brilliantly crafted that I never tire of hearing it and it remains my favourite 10CC track.

I am fully aware that for many fans and critics alike, this album is viewed as a disappointing follow up to "How Dare You" or at best "almost-as-good-as...." but I simply disagree. For me "Deceptive Bends" is far and away their finest album and one of the defining albums of the seventies. A very solid Five stars

 The Very Best of 10cc by 10CC album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1997
3.98 | 13 ratings

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Review by TCat
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4 stars I normally don't review "Best of" collections, but this is collection has a great collection of 10cc's songs and is a good way to try them out. It contains songs from their best years, and, for the most part, does collect the best tracks during the years that it covers. It has their extremely popular songs like "Rubber Bullets", the beautiful "I'm Not in Love", the clever and equally great reggae infused "Dreadlock Holiday" and the poppy "The Things We Do for Love". It even has their later hit "Cry", which was actually done on Godley and Creme's album. It also has some great songs that are not quite as recognizable, but still some of their best work like "I'm Mandy, Fly Me", "The Wall Street Shuffle" and "Art for Art's Sake".

Of course, there are some weaker songs that I feel would have been better replaced by other tracks like "The Dean and I" and "Good Morning Judge". The band could have been better represented by "The Second Sitting for the Last Supper" or the "One Night in Paris" suite and we probably would have had a 5 star "Best of" collection here, but we can't have everything (but that's why they make playlists).

10CC always leaned on the poppy side of progressive rock, but they always made a "thinking person's" pop with a lot of sarcasm in their lyrics. Their music leans heavily on the influence of The Beatles, and many times helped us hear what type of music The Beatles may have made if they stayed together through the 70s and 80s. As much as I enjoy the debut album and "The Original Soundtrack" album though, I find this album very entertaining and just the right sound when I want to listen to progressive rock on the light side.

 I'm Not in Love by 10CC album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1975
4.89 | 8 ratings

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Review by Guillermo
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5 stars Well. First I have to say that I have listened to very few music from this band. I can't remember other songs from this band being played in the Radio Stations of my city. But I think that "I'm Not in Love" was a Hit Single in my country, like it was in many countries. Apart from that, I don't think that this band has many fans here. But I could be wrong, of course.

The first time that I listened to a song which was somewhat related to this band was to "Neanderthal Man" recorded by a band called "Hotlegs", in 1970. That band had three of the four musicians (Kevin Godley, Lol Creme and Eric Stewart) that some time later became "10cc" with the addition of Graham Gouldman. I still remember watching to the video done for this song on TV, with me being a five years old child! A very good song which also had a very original production, like "I'm Not in Love" some years later.

In fact, "I'm Not in Love" (composed by Gouldman and Stewart) was not initially liked by some members of the band in its original form, being played originally with a Bossa-Nova beat. It was unitl they realized that they could re-arrange it to play it differently that the song sounded better. And in fact the band did a very good and very original re-arrangement for this song. It is curious, but like other Hit Single songs by other bands, "I'm Not in Love" was originally destined to be discarded and forgotten! Fortunately, they changed their minds and they made one of the best singles of the seventies that made the band become famous in many parts of the world. The very original re-arrangement of the song included the band members recording layers and layers of their own backing vocals that give to the song its "dreamy" qualities. The rest of the instrumentation for the song included a very simple bass drum beat, electric piano, bass guitar and other keyboards. And this apparently simple love song became their signature song, at least in my country. It still is played in some oldies Radio Stations in my city.

In the Side B of this single there is a song called "Good News", which is also a good song.

 The Original Soundtrack by 10CC album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.71 | 130 ratings

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Review by Warthur
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4 stars 10cc's style of progressive pop with cheekily comedic touches is, over the course of their career, a rather hit and miss affair. Like much other comedy, when the jokes work, it's great, but when they fall flat it's all rather embarrassing.

On The Original Soundtrack, however, the band are on magnificent form, with even the rather cheesy Life Is a Ministrone being more endearing than annoying. On top of that, they are a little more adventurous here than they would be for much of their later career, opening the album with the theatrical Une Nuit a Paris (parodying multi-part prog epics by spuriously suggesting that the song is split into several parts, "One Night In Paris", "The Same Night In Paris" and "Later the Same Night In Paris"), and then having it segue into the shimmeringly beautiful and uncharacteristically sincere I'm Not In Love. Perhaps their finest hour.

 10 Out Of 10 by 10CC album cover Studio Album, 1981
2.87 | 45 ratings

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Review by DrömmarenAdrian

3 stars What happened 1981, thirty-four years ago, you may question. Then I'll tell you: that what the year of the release of 10cc's eighth studio album "Ten out of 10". It had passed one year since their last effort "Look hear" from 1980 and on this occasion the line up of the band was Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart, Rick Fenn, Vic Emerson(mainly keyboard) and Paul Burgess. They had help from the guest musicians Andrew Gold, Keith Bessey, Simon Phillips, Lenni Crookes and Marc Jordan. Their last album was quite pleasant but did not stand out. Here comes my review of Ten out of 10:

On the cover we see Graham and Eric standing at the edge of a house high over the city. One of them seems scared, the other calm. The light and the colours are quite new and sophisticated. In many ways the music of 10cc 1981 was quite similar to that of the year before. There seems to always be quality and a piece of intentions to write smart music in the world of 10cc. Just as on "Look Hear" this record is decent to listen to and you can enjoy it again and again. But where the really interesting and outstanding songs were none existing 1980 I found some gems 1981. Even if I could recommend you to hear the whole album three songs are better than the others. We have "Les Nouveaux Riches"(8/10) which is quite long. The song has a French title, an idea that was successfull 1975 and it is this album's most intriguing and fine song. It is well performed and has a smart arrangement, the vocals are excellent too. "Don't ask" which starts the album is a sweet track as well(8/10) and "Notell Hotel" is a song that I like because it has intentions(7/10).

There and there over the whole album I also found pieces I really liked, fine guitar solos, vocal harmonies and lyrics. Often the songs are performed in a poetic way that is very appealing. The saxophone solo on "Don't turn me away" should be mentioned as well as the last song, a sugary piece of the eighties: "Survivor". So "Ten out of 10" has improved a bit since the last album but still it isn't what it had been. The songs are nice but not very interesting over all.

I give it three stars! Best tracks: Les nouveaux riches, Don't ask, Notell hotel

 Look Hear? by 10CC album cover Studio Album, 1980
2.23 | 48 ratings

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Review by DrömmarenAdrian

3 stars If I continue with the 10cc discography after two reviews of Godley & Creme albums we are back in 1980, which is now thirty-five years ago but musically much had happened in two years(which was the time that went after Bloody tourists). 10Cc's seventh studio album "Look Hear" from 1980 has a design that in the first sight doesn't overwhelm me. Perhaps it would be different in the bigger vinyl format.The big text "Are you normal" could be read there, and you think that is the title; we can also see a little picture of a sheep. The line up here were Eric Stewart(vocals, guitar, piano, and more), Grahan Gouldman(vocals, bass, guitar, congas), Rick Fenn(guitar, vocals on one song), Paul Burgess(drums and percussion), Duncan Mackay(keyboard, organ, piano) and Stuart Tosh(percussion). The line-up hadn't changed since "Bloody Tourists" and some of the spirit was left too.

Does this sound like 10cc? Yes, at least partially. You recognize Eric Stewarts sweet voice and the joyful mentality, the happiness could be appreciated here as well as in the older 10cc albums. The composions are quite fast, happy, melodic and you want to sing along. So far, so good. But why implement doubts? Well, it's hard to become disappointed when you have the older 10cc in mind. In my opinion there last one, made 1978 was so great and you all remember what they did in the middle of the seventies. The compositions here aren't as varied and interesting as before. There are no wow-experiences unfortunately. The sound and feeling you get from this music is nice, on some occations very nice but it is very average, nothing that stands out, but nothing that bores you very much either. Perhaps this album is too kind, like the band just wanted to be pretty and nice. I would still recommend you to hear it though, if you are a 10cc fan, because it's still the same band and probably you will like things here. If I pick some favourites it would be: "I hate to eat alone"(7/10), "Don't send me back"(6/10) a cosy song which features Rick Fenn on the lead vocals, "How'm I ever gonna say good bye"(6/10) which has fine vocal harmonies and has a nice calm Jamaica-feeling and "One-two-five"(6/10).

I don't think this album won't amaze you, but don't judge it do early early either, it was made in a new era of music. I think the whole album is enjoyable and my song to song rating ends at 2.95 which means three stars. Best songs: I hate to eat alone, How'm I ever gonna say good bye, Don't send me back, One-two-five

 Bloody Tourists by 10CC album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.20 | 88 ratings

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Review by DrömmarenAdrian

4 stars It has been time for me to review 10cc's sixth studio record "Bloody Tourists" which was recorded 1978, thirty- seven years ago. It was the second album without Godley & Creme and an opportunity to develop the sound further from "Deceptive Bends" the year before. I like the cover picture very much. It's a vacation place, a sunny country with beaches and we see a typical tourist with a map in his face. At least three of the songs also take place on holiday. At this time 10cc consisted of Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart, Paul Burgess, Stuart Tosh, Rick Fenn and Duncan Mackay (plus Kate Spath and Tony Spath).

I think "Bloody Tourists" i an amazing album with a lot of great songs. It feels so inspired and joyful. The texts are so meaningfull and the melodies are smart and very well working. When I though "Deceptive bends" had some less interesting tracks which took down the impression a bit "Bloody Tourists" has a higher lowest level.

My favourite side is the B side where two masterpieces are situated. "Reds in my Bed" is marvelous(10/10) with an interesting text and it's arranged and written very well. Here the fifth 10cc singer takes his place: Stuart Tosh. The very optimistic and sprightly song "From Rochdale to Ocho Rios" (10/10) makes me very happy too. It has a splendid drive and it's so smart and funny: sung by Graham. "Old Mister Time"(9/10) which is sung by Eric is a sad song you must think through a lot and it' s so well composed. "Life Line"(9/10) which is sung by Graham is also a favourite, it is so varied and intriguing to hear it. On the A side there are song great tracks as well. The hit song "Dreadlock Holiday" is lovely (8/10) (sung by Graham) as well as the dreaming "For You and I"(8/10) (sung by Eric). "Take these chains" which is sung by Eric makes me also happy(8/10) and then comes another masterpiece "Shock on the tube"(10/10) which tells(by Eric) an exciting story you must hear. "The anonymous alcoholic" (sung by Eric) is also a fantastic story (8/10). I haven't mentioned three tracks yet: "Last night" sung by Graham (6/10), "Tokyo" sung by Eric (6/10) and the ending track "Everything you wanted to know about" sung by Eric(7/10) are of course worth to hear together with the others.

As you see by my notes hear I like this album a lot. I actually hold it for one of 10cc's best albums. Perhaps the fourth best after The Original Soundtrack, Sheet Music and How dare you! For me this album marks a progression for the band. It is obvious that the new members were more part of the band than before and one of the also sing one of the best songs. "Bloody Tourists" was also the first 10cc album for me to hear and I was in love directly when I heard it. That was before I became interested in progressive rock. My song to song rating ends at 4.125 here which makes this a solid foru star record.

Highly recommended! Best tracks: Reds in my bed, From Rochdale to Ocho Rios, Shock on the tube, Old Mister Time, Life Line

 Live And Let Live   by 10CC album cover Live, 1977
3.86 | 20 ratings

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Review by DrömmarenAdrian

4 stars When I follow a band's discography I use to also listen to "classic" live albums from a past era and the double LP "Live and let Live" by 10cc is one of them. It was released 1977, thirty-eight year ago and the name seams to relate to the Bond movie "Live and let Die"(Live and let live though is more pleasant to hear from). The highest proportion of song comes from the most recent(then) album "Deceptive Bends" but the line up is more similar with that from "Bloody Tourists". At this time 10cc consisted of Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart, Paul Burgess, Rick Fenn, Stuart Tosh and Tony O'Malley. On the cover the band seams to come from a truch and Gouldman looks very tired on the picture.

Usually I am not a big fan of live recordings. The sound quality could seldom match that from a record and the music doesn't seem so tight either. I must also here say that the majority of the songs are better on the studio albums than here. There are exceptions though. Some songs that I didn't like very much before became better live. The live feeling has a bit more energy and it is vital in some way. I also believe this 10cc sound is a bit harder than usual, a little more piece of rock'n'roll. Better than on studio records was "Modern man blues" (8/10) and "Good morning Judge(7/10). The most exciting experence here was the live version of "Feel the benefit"(9/10) but there and many more fine songs here such as: The Second Sitting For the Last Supper, Wall Street Shuffle, I'm Mandy fly me and Waterfall(8/10). The absolute majority of the others were good(7/10).

What I lacked on this album what some of the odd arrangements that 10cc are famous for and of course I missed Lol Creme and Kevin Godley. The band did good without them but on "their" tracks, from older 10cc, they were very missed. The joyful performances on "Live and let live" do I take with me happily. My song to song rating ends at 3.63 which makes this a (rather weak but still) four star record.

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