10CC in concert this week. One of the bigger hit-making bands of the 70s, 10CC had a string of huge hit singles, six Gold albums and three platinum albums. A band whose music crossed over from Rock to mainstream and back again.
But this concert in 1980 represents really one half of 10CC. A split between the song writing teams of Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman and Kevin Godley and Lol Creme. The rift saw Godley and Creme leave the bqnd for other pursuits, while Gouldman and Stewart continued on as 10CC, adding musicians to fill in the gaps. This was also one of the first concerts featuring Eric Stewart, who had recovered from a serious auto accident in 1979, which left him badly injured and recuperating for some six months.
So it’s not the original 10CC completely; just half of it. And it would stay that way until 1983 when the band dissolved completely and not resurface until 1991.
Numerous side and solo projects later, 10CC are still recognized as one of the most recognizable bands of the 70s and their numerous hits continue to get airplay – a recent limited edition reissue box set of their albums came out in 2012 to commemorate 40 years since they first formed, and BBC Television ran a documentary of the band in 2015 and repeated it in January of this year. So the fan base is still strong and still attracting new fans along the way. 10CC were one of the more innovative bands of the 70s, cranking out pop hits but also doing a lot of experimenting in the process.
At some point, I should try and locate one of the earlier, original lineup concerts, to give you an idea of what they sounded like when audiences first heard them. In the meantime, here’s a taste of what they were up to in 1980, playing a concert in Mainz Germany on April 30, 1980 and broadcast by Sudwestfunk radio shortly after.
Crank it up and enjoy.