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Editors’ Notes

10cc co-leader Kevin Godley refers to Sheet Music when asked his favorite 10cc album. Speaking to an interviewer, Godley explained that the band had “really started to explode creatively and didn’t recognize any boundaries.” Sheet Music exudes that kind of effervescent creativity. The album is a mish-mash of tempos, songwriting styles, pastiche, and parody. The only comparison American audiences might be able to draw is to Frank Zappa, although where Zappa’s albums often felt dense and beleaguered, Sheet Music is swift and light on its feet. At just under 40 minutes it avoids the bloated excesses that plagued so many of 10cc’s prog-rock peers. Pillowed harmonies and mystifying guitar solos suddenly emerge in unexpected places on “Somewhere In Hollywood” and “Hotel.” Lurking in the corners of the self-deprecating farce “The Worst Band In the World” (“It's one thing to know it but another to admit,” admits the singer betweens admonishments to “Tune up!”) are sinister grooves, peculiar harmonies, and a guitar figure that will haunt you for days to come.

Customer Reviews

Sheet Music

Before 10cc lost half their band (Godley and Creme) and hit it big with bubblegum pop like "the Things we do for love" they were creating arch art-pop gems like "The Wall Street Shuffle", "bet you'd sell your mother!" couldn't be truer 30+ years on. Every lick in their terse arrangements is pitch perfect. This might not be the most accessible 10cc album but is easily the most entertaining, and bears repeated listenings. Todays young music fans that are dusting off their parents Queen albums would be wise to check these guys out. A more clever, make that brilliant, foursome never existed... Yeah! and includes that band back in the sixties!

10cc in peak form

There's a style for just about everyone here - from power pop ("The Wall Street Shuffle", "Silly Love") to semi-maudlin sentimentality ("Old Wild Men", "Somewhere In Hollywood") to the downright bizarre ("Clockwork Creep"). Just about all of it works due to the band's clever lyrics and musical inventiveness.

Fun Fact

J Dilla sampled the Worst Band In the World in his track Workinonit off of Donuts.

Biography

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...
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