Wednesday, June 23, 2010
10cc: It's Because...
The U.S. had its first real experience with 10cc in 1975, with a little radio hit called "I'm Not In Love," a "love it or hate it" monster. It certainly didn't represent the British band, whose two prior releases owed more to the glammy theatrics of bands like Queen and Sparks, than the soft, almost soulful sounds of the current hit.
Like most people, my first experience was the hit. But it was the album it came from, "The Original Soundtrack," that made me a believer. Nothing on the record sounds like "I'm Not In Love," which by the way, falls on the "love it" side for me.
What the radio version of "I'm Not In Love" was missing was a piece of music in the middle and a coda, about two minutes of music actually, that suffered a most inconsiderate cut for the single. The "big boys don't cry" lyric, which changes the sentiment of the song, underscored by one of the most subtlely brilliant bass lines, were left on the cutting room floor, along with a beautifully dramatic swell of vocals at the end, making a great epic, into a strange, clumsy and unlikely AM hit.
From the opening operetta on Side One, "Une Nuit A Paris," Lol Creme, Kevin Godley, Eric Stewart, and Graham Gouldman, collectively known as 10cc, precipitate a major jaw-dropping, with their impeccable vocals and no holds barred approach to making records, taking on characters usually reserved for a Renoir film. The hit follows, right before the clavinet-driven funk of "Blackmail." Side Two is just as strong with some Brian Wilson-inspired pop in the form "Brand New Day," and a finale right out of a Fellini film "The Film Of My Love."
I think "The Original Soundtrack" is a lost classic that everyone should own.
You know the hit, so here is "Une Nuit A Paris."
And as a bonus, "Channel Swimmer," the great Graham Gouldman b-side to "I'm Not In Love."