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10cc

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 highly regarded studio players. Formed in 1970, 10cc began as a session unit dubbed Hotlegs; after establishing residence at Stewart's Strawberry Studios, Hotlegs scored a surprise U.K. smash with the single "Neanderthal Man," subsequently issuing an LP, Thinks: School Times and touring with the Moody Blues.

After signing to Jonathan King's U.K. label and rechristening themselves 10cc (a name suggested by King himself), the group backed Neil Sedaka before recording 1972's "Donna," a sly satire of late-'50s doo wop. The single reached the number two position on the British charts, establishing not only a long-running string of major hits, but also the quartet's fondness for ironic and affectionate reclamations of musty pop styles. The follow-up, "Rubber Bullets," topped the charts in 1973, and both the subsequent single "The Dean and I" (a nostalgic look at academia recalling Jerry Lee Lewis' "High School Confidential") and an eponymously titled debut LP further solidified 10cc as a major force in British pop.

While 1974's Sheet Music and singles, including the Brian Wilson-esque "Wall Street Shuffle," "Silly Love" and "Life Is a Minestrone" continued 10cc's dominance of the U.K. charts, they found the American market virtually impenetrable prior to the release of 1975's "I'm Not in Love," which topped the charts at home and climbed as high as number two in the States. After 1975's Original Soundtrack and the next year's How Dare You!, Godley and Creme exited to focus on video production as well as developing the Gizmo, a guitar modification device the duo invented. In the wake of their departure, Gouldman and Stewart continued on alone, enlisting the aid of session men to record 1977's Deceptive Bends, highlighted by the perennial "The Things We Do for Love."

After recruiting guitarist Rick Fenn, keyboardist Tony O'Malley and drummer Stuart Tosh as full-time members, 10cc returned in 1978 with Bloody Tourists, which yielded the number one reggae nod "Dreadlock Holiday." Following a series of unsuccessful efforts, including 1980s Look Hear?, 1981's 10 Out of 10 and 1983's Window in the Jungle, the group disbanded; while Stewart produced Sad Cafe and worked with Paul McCartney, Gouldman supervised recordings for the Ramones and Gilbert O'Sullivan before joining Andrew Gold in the duo Wax. In 1992, the original lineup of 10cc reunited for the LP Meanwhile, while only Gouldman and Stewart remained for 1993's Mirror Mirror. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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ronstanko
I'm Mandy, Fly me is there best song by far
"I'm not in love" favourite song ever
Love love love 10cc
lasowko
I think the name story has been debunked.
I Got more. CC s than any body try Like a BUS LOAD fULL. HaHaHaHa 50 +++
lasowko
I love 10cc and I'm happy to have them in my Pandora mix.
I'm more of a 20cc kind of guy 8=======D ------______
I can't stand this band, never have liked them. Thumbs down
davidmary981
saw these guys for free in Mpls - God awfully great group - was surprised at their professional i s m in performance
One of the most creative and original bands of the 70s.
schultzdigit a l
10cc holds up nicely..
tom.stakely
this is Godley and Creme ,former members of the great 10cc
ichibanrob
@Colin Bridle: I heard this back in the 70's.... and again on the bio for the band offered here on Pandora. Do you know what the name IS named after or why they chose 10cc for the band name? (I really am curious)
colin6146
The metric average male semen eject statement is wrong and is not where the name came from.
I thought this was a modern group when I first heard "I Wanna Rule the World". Wow. Original and ahead of it's time! I am digging this.
Unique music ... invented their own instrument. Catchy, quirky lyrics. In some ways, the music represents the Seventies, but also transcends that decade.
yes, clever lyrics and a pop sound...but ZAPPA? zappa blows it all away, spans all decades, and listen to that guitar shredding... n o comparisons.
This review of 10cc is another example of writer relying on myth instead of getting the info from the actual band members. Good band, I remember hearing their songs in the car as a kid. My parents listened to A LOT of soft rock in the late 70's early 80's.
A unique pop rock band of the 70's, getting radio hits while the albums were another matter entirely, with art rock snarkiness and lyrics that were twisted (think Frank Zappa) and clever. How did they get away with this? It must have been the seventies. Get the albums, not just a greatest hits.
radiomontana
Snopes seems to disagree about the origin of the group's name and cites some compelling evidence:
http://www.s n o p e s . c o m / m u s i c / a r t i s t s / 1 0 c c . a s p
i can't believe there are no entries for this artist. enjoyed them in the '70's and continue cause there's always something in today's rat race of a life that needs some musical humor to get by.

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