They are British Rock pioneers. They founded their group 48 years ago. They will be back on the road soon. They are expected to mesmerize audiences in Germany and on their home turf. They are 10cc.
In 1972, Edward Heath was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Queen Elizabeth II. was 46 years old. The Doobie Brothers were telling people to “Listen to the Music”, Chicago enjoyed their “Saturday in the Park” and Neil Young had a “Heart of Gold”.
Something happened that year in Stockport, located to the south of “Manchester England England, across the Atlantic Sea”. Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme founded a band they called 10cc. These four gentlemen were quick. In late 1972, their self-titled debut album already included a hit entitled ‘Rubber Bullets’.
Many of their songs contained what Rock musicians considered grooves back then, mostly created by repetitive guitar chords played in quick succession. They were usually sixteenth notes in four-four time songs that contained elements of Rockabilly and, in some cases, experimental sounds other British groups pioneered back then, including Genesis, Gentle Giant and Yes.
All four members of 10cc each played several instruments. They were composers, they were all gifted and they developed their sound while releasing an album per year, all of which hit the U.K. Top 10 album charts. The many singles they blew out usually reached the Top 40 in no time.
10cc’s second album ‘Sheet Music’ sounded more mature. With ‘The Wall Street Shuffle’, they created another hit that is still quite famous today. Here, that Rockabilly sound vanished. It made room for a masterfully composed and played tune that would not make people nervous, but dance and cheer.
With changing members, the band produced more big hits over the years, including ‘Rubber Bullets’ and ‘Dreadlock Holiday’. But the most important tune they ever recorded was part of their 1975 album ‘The Original Soundtrack’.
‘I’m Not in Love’ became so many things. First of all, it is a stunning composition. Secondly, it was very innovative. Thirdly, the way they taped it was nothing less than revolutionary. They recorded the choir parts onto 8-track tapes which they kept on copying onto the next one, until they sounded like they had a choir of several hundred members.
If the most important Pop and Rock tunes of the mid-1970s had to be named, ‘I’m Not in Love’ would definitely need to be at the top of the list. It is an immortal piece of music. This one should have been sent to the aliens on the two Voyager probes in 1977. It wasn’t. But, in a way, it defined the mid-1970s. It was — and still is — the perfect Pop tune, and it brings people back to that era when they just listen. It is like time travel.
I’m not in love
So don’t forget it
It’s just a silly phase I’m going through
And just because I call you up
Don’t get me wrong, don’t think you’ve got it made
I’m not in love
We got carried away here a little. What this article is supposed to say is that the legendary 10cc will be touring Europe, including Germany. None other than the original member Graham Gouldman, the only one who never left the band, is still with them. He is 142 years old. Actually, he is 77 and looks like 42.
Their next tour in mainland Europe commences on October 31st, 2023. After raising the roofs of venues in Brussels, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and a million other Dutch cities, they are scheduled to perform in Mainz, Nuremberg, Karlsruhe, Stuttgart, Berlin and Hamburg in mid-November. This tour includes 16 performances.
The Entire U.K.
10cc wouldn’t be 10cc if they did not have even more gigs lined up. As many as 18 (in words: eighteen) concerts in the United Kingdom, on their home turf, are scheduled in March of 2024.
Tickets for those 10cc concerts in Germany, and the one in Luxemburg, are available here. 10cc’s website, including their touring schedule, can be accessed here.
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