10CC: Original Members Discuss Box Set with London Paper
The four original members of 10cc -- not always on friendly terms since the band's '70s heyday -- spoke to London's Guardian about the just-released box set compilation Tenology. While their only U.S. hit of the period was "I'm Not in Love," 10CC was a frequent British chart presence thanks to "Donna," "Rubber Bullets" and "The Wall Street Shuffle."
Eric Stewart: "We took on the mantle of The Beatles. We experimented on every song -- you'll never hear two that sound alike."
Kevin Godley: "I'd forgotten how avant-garde some of our music was."
Graham Gouldman: "People would ask, 'What sort of music is it?' But it's not [progressive], it's not art rock -- it's 10cc music." His prime example was "Clockwork Creep" from 1974's album Sheet Music: "Who else would write a song about a bomb on an airplane -- from the position of the bomb?"
Lol Creme: "Really, 10cc were less rock stars than part of a Brill Building or Hollywood tunesmith tradition. "We weren't Zeppelin. We were pop, albeit an extreme version. That's because we had four pretty odd minds. All sorts of things can happen when you're free and easy with ideas and encouraged by the other lunatics around you."
Tenology is available as an import on Amazon.com.