10CC
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10cc (1973), 6.5/10
Sheet Music (1974), 6/10
The Original Soundtrack (1975), 7/10
How Dare You (1976), 6/10
Bloody Tourists (1978), 5/10
Look Here (1980), 3/10
10 Out of 10 (1981), 3/10
Windows In The Jungle (1983), 4/10
Meanwhile (1992), 3/10
Mirror Mirror (1995), 3/10
Godley & Creme: Consequences (1976), 7/10
Godley & Creme: L (1978), 5/10
Godley & Creme: Freeze Frame (1979), 6/10
Godley & Creme: Ismism (1981), 4/10
Godley & Creme: Birds Of Prey (1983), 3/10
Godley & Creme: Goodbye Blue Sky (1988), 4/10
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10 CC were a British band formed during the heydays of progressive-rock and hard-rock by four veteran songwriters and multi-instrumentalists: Graham Gouldman (author of the Yardbirds' masterpieces and of several Hollies' hits, and of one solo album, The Graham Gouldman Thing, in 1968), Lol Creme, Eric Stewart (who in 1965 had topped the charts with with the Mindbenders' Game Of Love) and Kevin Godley.

They debuted with the demented bubblegum hits There Ain't No Umbopo (credited to the Crazy Elephant) and Neanderthal Man (1970), from the album Songs (Fontana, 1970) credited to the Hot Legs. They then changed name to 10CC for Donna (1972), the retro` ballad that established them at top of the charts and that coined their kind of parodistic kitsch. The album 10cc (Mercury, 1973) spawned another hit, Rubber Bullets (a hilarious spoof on Jailhouse Rock) and The Dean And I. After offering more of the same with Sheet Music (1974), in particular the Wall Street Shuffle, and experimenting with even crazier arrangements, the foursome embraced the high-tech studio a` la Sparks and turned The Original Soundtrack (1975) into a stylistic tour de force, albeit still rooted in their weird sense of humour and in their poppy melodies. I'm Not In Love (a far more serious ballad, written by Gouldman and Stewart, and featuring a glittering sound that was the result of a veritable studio collage) even became a hit, while the extended collages of Une Nuite A Paris (a sort of grotesque operetta a` la Queen) and Life Is A Minestrone straddle the line between Frank Zappa's operettas and the Beatles' Abbey Road. Cartoonish wit and four-part vocal harmonies made them quite unique in their age, occasionally worthy successors of the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band. How Dare You (1976), which includes the self-parodistic Art For Art's Sake and I'm Mandy Fly Me, Godley and Creme launched a separate career with the triple-album rock opera Consequences (Polydor, 1976), that used a new technique to produce symphonic, choral and natural sounds, and pretentiously bizarre albums such as L (1978), Freeze Frame (Polydor, 1979), containing An Englishman In New York, Ismism (1981), Birds Of Prey (1983) and Goodbye Blue Sky (Polydor, 1988); while 10cc continued with Deceptive Bends (1977), Bloody Tourists (1978), with Dreadlock Holiday, Look Here (1980), 10 Out of 10 (1981), Windows In The Jungle (1983), totally ignored despite Food For Thought.

The foursome reformed the original 10cc for the terrible Meanwhile (Phonogram, 1992). Then the two couples continued their separate adventures, 10cc releasing Mirror Mirror (Avex, 1995) and Godley/Creme concentrating on their successful career as directors of videos.

Images (Spectrum, 1993) is an anthology of Godley and Creme.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Giuseppe Schiavoni)

I 10CC sono una band nata all’apogeo del progressive-rock e dell’hard-rock, formata da quattro veterani compositori e polistrumentisti: Graham Gouldman (autore dei capolavori degli Yardbirds e di molti dei successi degli Hollies, nonché di un album solista, The Graham Gouldman Thing, del 1968), Lol Creme, Eric Stewart (che nel 1965 aveva raggiunto la cima delle classifiche con Game Of Love dei Mindbenders) e Kevin Godley.

Debuttarono con il bubblegum demenziale di There Ain't No Umbopo (con il nome di Crazy Elephant), e di Neanderthal Man (1970), tratto dall’album Songs (Fontana, 1970) accreditato invece come Hot Legs. Quindi cambiarono nome in 10CC per Donna (1972), una ballata retrò che li proiettò in testa alle classifiche e che diede vita al loro parodistico stile kitsch. L’album 10cc (Mercury, 1973) contiene un altro successo, Rubber Bullets (una divertente parodia di Jailhouse Rock) e The Dean And I. Dopo aver riproposto più o meno le stesse cose in Sheet Music (1974), in particolare con Wall Street Shuffle, ed aver sperimentato arrangiamenti persino più folli, il quartetto si diede a nuove tecnologie di registrazione a’ la Sparks, e trasformò The Original Soundtrack (1975) in un tour de force stilistico, sebbene ancora molto radicato nel loro bizzarro senso dell’umorismo e nelle loro melodie pop. I'm Not In Love (una ballata molto più seria, scritta da Gouldman e Stewart, caratterizzata da un suono scintillante, risultato di un vero e proprio collage in studio) fu un successo, mentre i lunghi collage Une Nuite A Paris (una sorta di operetta grottesca in stile Queen) e Life Is A Minestrone, si ponevano a cavallo fra le operette di Frank Zappa e Abbey Road dei Beatles. Il loro spirito da cartoon e le loro armonia vocali a quattro li resero piuttosto originali per quei tempi, a tratti degni successori della Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band. Ad How Dare You (1976), che contiene l’auto parodistica Art For Art's Sake and I'm Mandy Fly Me, Godley e Creme affiancarono una carriera parallela con un’opera rock, l’album triplo Consequences (Polydor, 1976), che utilizzava nuove tecniche per produrre suoni sinfonici, corali e naturali, e con album pretenziosamente eccentrici come L (1978), Freeze Frame (Polydor, 1979), che contiene An Englishman In New York, Ismism (1981), Birds Of Prey (1983) and Goodbye Blue Sky (Polydor, 1988); intanto i 10CC continuavano, pubblicando Deceptive Bends (1977), Bloody Tourists (1978), con Dreadlock Holiday, Look Here (1980), 10 Out of 10 (1981), Windows In The Jungle (1983), totalmente ignorato nonostante Food For Thought.

Il quartetto originale si riformò per il tremendo Meanwhile (Phonogram, 1992), quindi le due coppie continuarono le loro avventure parallele, i 10CC realizzando Mirror Mirror (Avex, 1995), e Godley/Creme concentrandosi su una carriera di successo come registi di video.

Images (Spectrum, 1993) è un’antologia di Godley e Creme.

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