When I tell people that I have obsessive tendencies … well, nobody really doubts me. But today, I have a concrete example of it.
Let’s take a trip, shall we, to 1977:
The other night, I played this song 10 times in a row. The only reason it was not 11 is that I had to do something else. Answer the phone or go to the bathroom or something. I don’t really remember.
This, of course, eventually led to a full-on Google-led expedition into all things 10cc. They were active as late as 1995, when it was just Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman. Later on, those guys couldn’t stand each other any more and apparently still can’t. As a counselor in my own mind, I suggest that they heed a lyric from the above song: “A compromise would surely help the situation.” Nowadays, Gouldman and Kevin Godley are together in an outfit called GG/06, and Stewart and Lol Creme are largely out of sight.
You may remember Godley and Creme for the 1985 song “Cry” and its cutting-edge-at-the-time morphing video:
You may also remember that it was skewered by Beavis & Butt-head:
I also found this dandy acoustic version of 10cc’s “I’m Not in Love,” featuring Gouldman (who wasn’t the vocalist on the original cut; Stewart was), the incomparable Neil Finn and Roddy Frame of Aztec Camera:
That’s all I got.