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As hugely inventive and successful as they were, 10cc can get overlooked in critics’ lists of acts that broke free from the moon-June rigidity of the pop format to bring a free wheeling sensibility to the charts. Indeed, asked to cite a pioneering British art rock act of the 1970s many would plumb for the more seriously minded Roxy Music, with perhaps Steve Harley’s Cockney Rebel coming a close second. But 10cc beat both bands hands down, if we can define success via chart statistics — 10cc scored three No.1 singles: ‘Rubber Bullets’ (1973), ‘I’m Not In Love’ (1975) and ‘Dreadlock Holiday’ (1978); and eight Top 10 hits between 1973 and 1977: ‘Donna’, ‘The Dean And I’, ‘The Wall Street Shuffle’, ‘Life Is A Minestrone’, ‘Art For Art’s Sake’, ‘I’m Mandy, Fly Me’, ‘The Things We Do For Love’ and ‘Good Morning Judge’.

There was substance behind their style and, following a modest start with their debut, 10cc (No.36), they had an impressive run on the UK album charts too with their next five LPs going Top 10 — Sheet Music (No.9), The Original Soundtrack (No.3), How Dare You! (No.5), Deceptive Bends (No.3) and Bloody Tourists (No.3). Unusually, all four members were songwriters, singers, multi-instrumentals and producers, which accounts for the abundance of ideas and styles on 10cc’s records. There was a rich textured brilliance to their sound, and many of their greatest moments were mini pop symphonies, dedicated if not to God, as Brian Wilson might have preferred, then at least to Art. Purely for its own sake, of course.

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The Original Soundtrack
10cc - The Original Soundtrack
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Deceptive Bends
10cc - Deceptive Bends
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Sheet Music
10cc - Sheet Music
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10cc
10cc - 10cc
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Bloody Tourists
10cc - Bloody Tourists
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How Dare You!
10cc - How Dare You!
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Look Hear
10cc - Look Hear
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Meanwhile
10cc - Meanwhile
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Ten Out Of Ten
10cc - Ten Out Of Ten
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Windows In The Jungle
10cc - Windows In The Jungle
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