Music today has been 10cc and their second album, Sheet Music (1974). Clever, clever, intellectual pop prog with four singers and four songwriters collaborating in different formats and experimenting with sound at the famous Strawberry Studios in Stockport (where I was born, in Stepping Hill hospital, not the studio, although…). The album was engineered and mixed by guitarist/keyboardist Eric Stewart, who would later join Wings. The album reached No. 7 in the UK and No. 81 in the USA. There were two hits on the album – The Wall Street Shuffle (No. 10 in the UK, No. 2 in The Netherlands) and Silly Love (No. 24 in the UK, No. 7 in The Netherlands). Drummer Kevin Godley and guitarist/keyboardist Lol Creme left the band in 1976 to form the more experimental Godley & Creme, they also began directing videos for other artists including Every Breath You Take which I can no longer listen to because of the horrendous string squeaks in between the chord changes (as pointed out by NJ Brian after we discussed the phenomenon). The original four members made a half-hearted attempt to get back together in the nineties. Although the band officially broke up in 1983 bassist Graham Gouldman has his own version of the band (I saw them in Stockholm a few years ago). Gouldman famously wrote No Milk Today for Herman’s Hermits, Bus Stop for The Hollies, and For Your Love and Heart Full of Soul for The Yardbirds.

Music Of The Daze

The musical musings in this post are an excerpt from my daily blog, TO WHERE I AM NOW, featured on my main website. Read the full blog post here.