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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." Stewart's involvement in a serious car wreck in 1979 proved to be a major setback for the band and by the time they released 1980's Look Hear?, critical reception was lukewarm. After dismissing the rest of the group, Gouldman and Stewart recorded 1981's 10 Out of 10 using mostly session musicians and the album failed to chart. 10cc would release one more album, 1983's Windows in the Jungle, before disbanding that same year. Throughout the rest of the 1980's the members occupied themselves with new endeavors to varying degrees of success and in 1991, the original lineup of Stewart, Gouldman, Godley, and Creme reunited to record the album ...Meanwhile. The album fared well in Europe and Japan, but Godley and Creme's involvement was tenuous and they both bowed out shortly after its release. Shortly after 1995's Mirror Mirror and its subsequent tour, Stewart also called it quits. In 1999, Gouldman put together a new 10cc lineup which included himself, Rick Fenn, and Paul Burgess along with newcomers Mick Wilson and Mike Stevens. Although no new music was released, this lineup continued to tour consistently throughout the 2000s, playing various 10cc hits along with some of Gouldman's solo highlights. Various 10cc reissues and anthologies have been released, including a 30th anniversary box set in 2002 and a limited-edition 40th anniversary set in 2012 called Tenology. ~ Jason Ankeny & Timothy Monger
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Top Tracks

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  2.   I'm Not in Love
  3.   The Things We Do for Love
  4.   Dreadlock Holiday
  5.   I'm Not in Love
  6.   I'm Mandy Fly Me by Godley & Creme
  7.   Good Morning Judge by Godley & Creme
  8.   The Worst Band in the World
  9.   Ships Don't Disappear in the Night (Do They?)
  10.   Blackmail
  11.   Les Nouveaux Riches
  12.   Survivor
  13.   Notell Hotel
  14.   The Power of Love
  15.   Speed Kills
  16.   One-Two-Five
  17.   Action Man in Motown Suit
  18.   Listen With Your Eyes
  19.   The I'll Still Love You by Jim Weatherly
  20.   She Gives Me Pain
  21.   Only Child
  22.   The Secret Life of Henry
  23.   Johnny Don't Do It
  24.   Feel the Benefit, Pts. 1-3
  25.   Everything You Wanted to Know About!!!
  26.   Old Mister Time
  27.   Reds in My Bed
  28.   Take These Chains
  29.   Clockwork Creep
  30.   Gismo My Way
  31.   4% of Something
  32.   Hot Sun Rock
  33.   Flying Junk
  34.   Headline Hustler
  35.   The Sacro-Iliac
  36.   Baron Samedi
  37.   Lazy Ways
  38.   Taxi! Taxi!
  39.   Working Girls
  40.   Food for Thought
  41.   City Lights
  42.   Americana Panorama
  43.   Yes, I Am!
  44.   Feel the Love
  45.   24 Hours
  46.   For You and I
  47.   Life Is a Minestrone
  48.   Tomorrow's World Today
  49.   Memories
  50.   Welcome to Paradise
  51.   Woman in Love
  52.   Silly Love
  53.   The Dean and I
  54.   Donna
  55.   Rubber Bullets
  56.   Somewhere in Hollywood
  57.   Old Wild Men
  58.   Modern Man Blues
  59.   Waterfall
  60.   Feel the Benefit
  61.   Marriage Bureau Rendezvous
  62.   The Wall Street Shuffle
  63.   People in Love
  64.   Art for Art's Sake
  65.   Honeymoon With B Troop
  66.   You've Got a Cold
  67.   The Second Sitting for the Last Supper
  68.   L.A. Inflatable
  69.   Strange Lover
  70.   I Hate to Eat Alone
  71.   Dressed to Kill
  72.   It Doesn't Matter at All
  73.   I Took You Home
  74.   Don't Send We Back
  75.   How'm I Ever Gonna Say Goodbye
  76.   Head Room
  77.   Nothing Can Move Me
  78.   Bee in My Bonnet
  79.   Tokyo
  80.   Shock on the Tube (Don't Want Love)
  81.   Anonymous Alcoholic
  82.   We've Heard It All Before
  83.   I Wanna Rule the World
  84.   Lying Here With You
  85.   Don't Squeeze Me Like Toothpaste
  86.   Welcome to the World
  87.   [The Recording of the Dean and I]
  88.   Good News
  89.   I'm So Laid Back, I'm Laid Out
  90.   Hot to Trot
  91.   Oh Effendi
  92.   18 Carat Man of Means
  93.   Five O'Clock in the Morning by Godley & Creme
  94.   Brand New Day
  95.   Sand in My Face
  96.   I Bought a Flat Guitar Tutor
  97.   Don't Hang Up
  98.   Iceberg
  99.   How Dare You
  100.   Don't Ask
  101.   Run Away
  102.   Overdraft in Overdrive
  103.   Don't Turn Me Away
  104.   Something Special
  105.   Fresh Air for My Mama
  106.   Lovers Anonymous
  107.   Lifeline
  108.   Last Night
  109.   You're Coming Home Again
  110.   The Hospital Song
  111.   The Film of My Love
  112.   Rock 'N' Roll Lullaby
  113.   Hotel
  114.   From Rochdale to Ocho Rios
  115.   Get It While You Can
  116.   Channel Swimmer
  117.   Une Nuit a Paris (Part 1)/The Same Night in Paris (Part 2)/Later the Same Night in Paris (Part 3)
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