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Album Review

After proving they could keep 10cc alive as a duo act with 1977's successful Deceptive Bends, Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman pressed on in 1978 with Bloody Tourists. Although it scored some notable hits, it was a less consistent and less memorable affair than its predecessor. The problem with Bloody Tourists is that it feels like a group of session musicians trying to come up with songs in the 10cc style instead of a proper 10cc album. The eccentric humor that once flowed freely feels forced on this album: "Reds In My Bed" is a lame stab at Cold War satire that never really succeeds in saying anything while "Shock On The Tube (Don't Want Love)" tries to be daring with its tale of a subway sex fantasy and instead comes off as smutty and dull. Another problem is that the music propping up these narratives is lacking in both hooks and inspiration: the backing track for "Take These Chains" is a dull attempt at rockabilly that sounds like an especially poppy Eagles outtake and "The Anonymous Alcoholic" has a disco-parody portion that merely sounds like a mediocre example of the music it is supposedly sending up. However, the album's singles present a few bright moments: "For You And I" is a lovely ballad that fortifies its attractive melody with some strong vocal harmonies and "Dreadlock Holiday" chronicles the exploits of a hapless tourist in Jamaican against a catchy pop-reggae backdrop. Sadly, these are the first two tracks on the album so when they have passed there isn't much to look forward to. In the end, Bloody Tourists is competent enough to keep the 10cc's hardcore fans happy but the casual listener is advised to track down its hits on a compilation. ~ Donald A. Guarisco, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Better than iTunes would have you believe...

Thanks for finally putting this up, iTunes! This album is certainly not their best, but it's not as terrible as the iTunes review infers. There are some real gems of tracks here; aside from the obviously brilliant Dreadlock Holiday, other highlights include the sublime pair of ballads Lifeline and Tokyo, Dreadlock Holiday's reggae partner From Rochdale to Ocho Rios and the incredibly beautiful For You and I. These songs are as much worth your time as anything before them. The rest of the album is okay, if not up to their usual standard, and some tracks (Take These Chains, most notably) do sound rather uninspired in comparison. But it's certainly not a bad album, and if you've missed out on Dreadlock Holiday - somehow - you're in for a treat!

Brings back the days of my youth

This was the first album I ever bought (I’ve still got it the original vinyl) and so it will always have a special place in my musical memories. Its a far better album than the iTunes review would have you believe. Dreadlock Holiday is a classic but there are some other great tracks that stand the test of time such as For You & I, Reds In My Bed, Lifeline, Shock on the Tube and Old Mister Time (which Ive always loved!)

Fantastic Album

I have great memories of this album,I heard For You & I on radio & just had to get the album at the time.
Great melodies great chords & overall GREAT MUSIC from a GREAT BAND👌🏼🎶


Formed: 1972 in Manchester, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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 alum of Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders; and vocalists/multi-instrumentalists Kevin Godley and Lol Creme were both...
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