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  • Black Sheep Hit: "The Things We Do for Love" is more of straightforward Silly Love Song than their usual more cynical output.
  • Creator's Favorite Episode: The members of the classic lineup all cite Sheet Music as the band's best album.
  • Doing It for the Art: "I'm Not in Love" took fully 254 vocal overdubs and liberal use of tape loops and other then-state-of-the-art technology to produce its unique vocal sound. It's a stunning technical accomplishment that is frequently compared to the accomplishments of Queen on "Bohemian Rhapsody", and it became 10cc's biggest hit.
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    • 10cc was just one facet of Graham Gouldman's career. He first gained success in The '60s as a songwriter ("For Your Love", "Heart Full of Soul", "Look Through Any Window", "Bus Stop", "Listen People", "No Milk Today"), then also performed and even released an album in 1968 (The Graham Gouldman Thing, co-produced by John Paul Jones). Then he wrote and recorded a bunch of songs for American bubblegum rock bands like The Ohio Express (which marked the first recordings that the classic 10cc lineup worked on together). After 10cc's success cooled off, he did more solo work, formed the duo Wax with Andrew Gold, and did some production work, most notably the Pleasant Dreams album for The Ramones in 1981.
    • Godley, Creme and Stewart had a hit as Hotlegs with a song called "Neanderthal Man." Initially just a recorded drum experiment, a visiting record executive declared it a hit and gave them the money to record it. Gouldman later contributed bass to a final recording, "Today."
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    • Along with their post-10cc music career, Godley & Creme were prolific music video directors in The '80s and The '90s. They also recorded in a few pre-10cc groups, such as duo Frabjoy & Runcible Spoon and the Yellow Bellow Room Boom.
  • What Could Have Been: Windows In The Jungle was originally supposed to contain a much heavier Progressive Rock influence, with Eric Stewart saying he wanted it to have "epic musical suites like 'Une Nuit A Paris' and 'Feel The Benefit'". Alas, this didn't come to fruition as the record company wanted the album to be as accessible as possible.

Miscellaneous Trivia

  • The band had three #1 hits in the UK, each with a different member singing lead: "Rubber Bullets" sung by Lol Creme, "I'm Not In Love" by Eric Stewart, and "Dreadlock Holiday" by Graham Gouldman. Kevin Godley was the only member not to, although he did sing lead most of the songs released as Godley and Creme.
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  • During the classic lineup, each UK single took care to have every band member represented across both sides to ensure royalties for all. Only one release, "Art For Art's Sake," broke this streak by having two Gouldman/Stewart songs.
  • Eric Stewart got in a serious car accident in 1979, damaging an eye and an ear, which stalled the band's career for a while.


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