isn't anyone reading this page who wouldn't want to reunite the
four original members of 10cc. I did. On film anyway. Here's how.
a producer at the BBC. One of my most recent projects is a series
of short films called Song Secrets Unlocked - 20x 10 minute films
about some of the greatest songs from the 60s right up to today.
I've been a huge 10cc fan since I was a teenager and I taught myself
to play guitar and piano to their records....so I thought I had
to include I'm Not in Love in the series.
Relationships between various members of the band not being what
they were, I wasn't hopeful of getting all four to contribute.
first interviewee was Graham. We met in a studio in West London.
He was very charming and I had to only really ask him about 10 questions
since once you ask Graham something he gives you a very full answer,
taking in 10 other subjects.
I brought my guitar along in case Graham needed to illustrate anything
about the writing of the song. He treated me to a few bars of the
famous calypso version.
The way things have gone, this guitar will be worth a fortune one
day. I have photos of everyone from Noel Gallagher to Francis Rossi,
Roy Wood to Suzanne Vega, strumming my acoustic...(not that I'd
Graham's main point was that he was very proud to have co-written
a song that has lasted so long.
next interviewee was Lol. I thought Lol would be the most difficult
person to persuade as he seems to have stopped talking about his
musical past. However, we met at Trevor Horn's studio and he chatted
for an hour. It's hard to imagine anyone more charming than Lol
and despite my fears, he was perhaps the most eloquent of the four
about the subject.
He clearly has a great regard for the music he created with both
10cc and Godley and Creme and told me some very funny stories. My
favourite was how he and Kev had gone off on holiday to Italy or
France to write for How Dare You. Up in their villa they sat bashing
out songs on the piano, including the sublime Don't Hang Up. After
a few days of this, thinking they were alone, they were most surprised
to hear a very posh English woman shout up from downstairs "Please...no
more peearno...." Presumably they stuck at it anyway as the song
made it to the album!
I showed him the 10cc at the Hard Rock cafe film and he had no recollection
of performing there whatsoever!! Later, though, he remembered an
excellent but highly libellous story about how the band came to
make that recording...but I can't tell it here!
was next. We interviewed him in a meeting room in his Soho offices.
Another charming man and also very keen to see 10cc's reputation
bolstered. I think all four generally felt that the music press
and the media generally had overlooked their contribution to music.
Kev dwelt on the working relationships between all four of them
at the time and how unique it was. He discounted being involved
with them ever again (he says he does not have any instruments at
home). It reminded me a little of the Beatles Anthology in that
it was apparent they had all once been good and close friends but
that reconciliation was now impossible.
up was Eric. For me that was the highpoint!
arranged Eric's interview to be done at the BBC's famous recording
studios in Maida Vale because they own a Fender Rhodes electric
piano similar to the one Eric used on INIL. The studio is quite
big and empty so I set up a grand piano just behind it to provide
turned up and began reminiscing about his days with the Mindbenders
- they used to record at Maida Vale.
had dug out an old phaser pedal...the very one used on 'I'm Not
In Love'. It took the two of us quite a while to get it going but
we gaffa taped it together and it worked!
chatted for an hour about the band and his relationships with the
of 4 - Eric too turned out to be a very amicable and charming man.
he was obviously immensely proud of the work the band had done together.
He clearly wishes the name 10cc had dropped out of use before it
did and feels unhappy with the quality of some of the later material.
I must admit that I tend to agree with him. The first four albums
fizz with strange noises, lyrical ideas and arrangements and after
that there was a tendency for the songs to become not so tight -
although still better than 9 out of 10 bands' efforts.
Eric if he would mind playing a bit of INIL for the film and play
it he did!
Afterwards - and this is my favourite bit - Eric sang the song for
me again while I played on the grand piano. My cameraman captured
the moment on film and that really was a childhood dream come true.
glad the guys are all so pleasant but also felt sad that it is clearly
impossible for them ever to work as a band again.
at least I got them back together briefly...even if it is only on