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Tenology [Bonus DVD]

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10cc 25//2013

Review

10cc has been subjected to countless compilations over the years -- the hits get recycled regularly and the early stuff for Jonathan King's U.K. Records gets shuffled around -- but they've never had a testament to their weird work until the 2012 box set Tenology. Running four CDs and one DVD, Tenology is certainly generous, but a case could be made that it could have been even longer, encompassing a disc of their early work making bubblegum for Strawberry Studios (in lieu of that, the 2003 Castle compilation, Strawberry Bubblegum serves as an excellent supplement to this), but what is here shows that 10cc was far stranger, savvier, funnier, and wilder than "I'm Not in Love" and "The Things We Do for Love" might suggest. Of course, their oddness was well-known during their '70s peak; they occupied a strange ground between Pink Floyd, Alan Parsons, Paul McCartney, and Cliff Richards, slick enough to slip onto the airwaves but at their heart clever-clever smart asses who just happened to prefer tight pop construction and lush studios to blues-driven space rock. The sequencing of this box highlights the group's preference for pop: the first two discs run through their singles, the third collects the band's hand-chosen album tracks, and the fourth has rarities and demos, all happening to be a little more concise than the cuts on the third. While the DVD is certainly for the diehards -- it has a BBC in Concert from 1974, some spots from Top of the Pops, all their promo videos, which are important as Kevin Godley & Lol Crème wound up as renowned music video directors in the '80s -- perhaps the best argument for Tenology is that it showcases the group's subtle, slick innovations and fertile imagination in a way not even their excellent albums do. Taking this all as a body of work, from those egregiously strange U.K. sides to the ultraglossy, late-'70s singles, it becomes clear that 10cc were one of the odd wonders of the '70s: a bunch of Beatles-loving eggheads on a mission to turn out perfect pop and having the chops to do so. It's lengthy, but anybody who was ever wondering if there was more to 10cc than the well-worn hits will find a rousing affirmative answer here. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Donna 10cc 2:55
  3. 2 Johnny Don't Do It 10cc 3:34
  4. 3 Rubber Bullets [Single Edit] 10cc 4:40
  5. 4 The Dean And I 10cc 2:50
  6. 5 Sand In My Face 10cc 3:34
  7. 6 Somewhere In Hollywood 10cc 6:34
  8. 7 The Worst Band In The World 10cc 2:43
  9. 8 Headline Hustler 10cc 3:30
  10. 9 The Wall Street Shuffle 10cc 3:49
  11. 10 Silly Love 10cc 3:56
  12. 11 Life Is A Minestrone 10cc 4:36
  13. 12 I'm Not In Love 10cc 6:4
  14. 13 Art For Art's Sake 10cc 5:57
  15. 14 I'm Mandy Fly Me 10cc 5:17
  16. 15 Lazy Ways 10cc 4:16
  17. 16 The Things We Do For Love 10cc 3:26
  18. 17 Good Morning Judge 10cc 2:50
  19. 18 People In Love 10cc 3:42
  20. 1 Dreadlock Holiday 10cc 4:26
  21. 2 Reds In My Bed 10cc 4:4
  22. 3 For You And I 10cc 5:15
  23. 4 One-Two-Five [Single Version] 10cc 4:1
  24. 5 From Rochdale To Ocho Rios 10cc 3:38
  25. 6 It Doesn't Matter At All 10cc 3:58
  26. 7 Les Nouveaux Riches 10cc 5:6
  27. 8 Don't Turn Me Away 10cc 4:53
  28. 9 The Power Of Love 10cc 4:10
  29. 10 Run Away 10cc 4:6
  30. 11 24 Hours [Edit] 10cc 7:25
  31. 12 Oomachasaooma (Feel The Love) 10cc 5:2
  32. 13 Woman In Love 10cc 6:13
  33. 14 Welcome To Paradise 10cc 6:5
  34. 1 The Hospital Song 10cc 2:39
  35. 2 Fresh Air For My Mama 10cc 3:1
  36. 3 Clockwork Creep 10cc 2:42
  37. 4 Oh Effendi 10cc 2:48
  38. 5 The Sacro-Iliac 10cc 2:28
  39. 6 Hotel 10cc 4:46
  40. 7 Old Wild Men 10cc 3:16
  41. 8 Une Nuit A Paris (Part 1) / The Same Night In Paris (Part 2) / Later The Same Night In Paris (Part 3) 10cc 8:37
  42. 9 Blackmail 10cc 4:23
  43. 10 Flying Junk 10cc 4:3
  44. 11 The Second Sitting For The Last Supper 10cc 4:23
  45. 12 Iceberg 10cc 3:42
  46. 13 I Wanna Rule The World 10cc 3:52
  47. 14 Rock'N'Roll Lullaby 10cc 3:55
  48. 15 Don't Hang Up 10cc 6:15
  49. 16 Feel The Benefit [Pts. 1, 2 & 3] 10cc 11:31
  50. 17 I Bought A Flat Guitar Tutor 10cc 1:44
  51. 18 Take These Chains 10cc 2:34
  52. 1 Bee In My Bonnet 10cc 2:0
  53. 2 Hot Sun Rock 10cc 2:56
  54. 3 4% Of Something 10cc 3:55
  55. 4 Waterfall 10cc 3:35
  56. 5 Gismo My Way 10cc 3:40
  57. 6 Channel Swimmer 10cc 2:47
  58. 7 Good News 10cc 3:43
  59. 8 Get It While You Can 10cc 2:52
  60. 9 Hot To Trot 10cc 4:25
  61. 10 Don't Squeeze Me Like Toothpaste 10cc 3:37
  62. 11 I'm So Laid Back, I'm Laid Out 10cc 3:42
  63. 12 Nothing Can Move Me 10cc 4:0
  64. 13 People In Love [Demo] 10cc 3:35
  65. 14 The Recording Of The Dean And I 10cc 7:37

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