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10cc’s 1973 debut is easily one of the most underrated records of the '70s. It's pop music in its most wildly flavorful and bubbly state. Even great songs seem positively dull when compared to “The Dean and I” or “Rubber Bullets,” which are so aerodynamic and sensational that you barely have time to notice all the little surprises this group can pack into a four-minute song. There's a profound sense of play to this music, but 10cc never took its satirical mischief to the wearisome absurdism of Frank Zappa. The music is ambitious and unique, but without the pretense of a Big Artistic Statement. Above all else, 10cc valued fun. This band loved motion and color and humor. Even within the complexity of its arrangements and the elasticity of its vocals, the group radiates a giddiness rarely seen in rock music, especially during the cement-footed '70s. 10cc whizzes by in little more than a half-hour. The songs are as appealing as pieces of hard candy. Taken together, this is a bag of treats that many listeners can't resist returning to time and again.

Customer Reviews

One of the good things in the 70's

I have owned this album in vinyl, tape, CD, and now iTunes. I went through 3 copies of the vinyl playing it so much and even though I own 400 plus albums I always come back to this one for pure enjoyment. Not only was thier music tight and sharp the satyrical lyrics are the Mad magazine of the music business. Headline Hustler and Ships Don't Disappear are perfect examples. Wish they had more of their albums on line here.

A few 10cc classics, plus forgettable '50s parodies

This album seems to be best known for the group's parodies of '50s music and themes (one such song would have been enough, three is overkill), but the clever, fast-paced rockers like 'Rubber Bullets' and "Headline Hustler' are what make this album stand out. "Speed Kills" is another favorite. The band's taste for maudlin sentimentality (later to be seen in songs like "I'm Not In Love") shows up here on "Fresh Air for Mama". All in all, this album is not as consistently original and sharp as their classic "Sheet Music", but still worthwhile, especially with the Itunes edge of being able to select only the best stuff.


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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