You can now buy 'Memories - The Alan's Album Archives Guide To The Music Of 10cc' in e-book form by clicking here!
10cc weren't like most bands. Not for them the instant hit single or even the years spent touring together in the back of a van. Instead they all met up first while they were in different bands, 'borrowing' each other's material when they'd run out of their own or drafting each other in as last minute replacements when somebody or other left. Between them Stewart, Gouldman, Godley and Creme played on 47 different singles and made six albums before recording under the 10cc name - and that's without counting the so-close-to-10cc-it-may-as-well-be-a-10cc-LP 'Thinks...School Stinks!' which was released under the name 'Hotlegs' in 1970 and has already been reviewed here at the AAA elsewhere. Interestingly the band members start playing on each other's records as early as 1968, with Graham (by far the most prolific of the four in these early days) a mutual friend of everyone's, while it helped that almost all of these bands and acts were Manchester based. We've listed the songs here not in complete chronological order but by band solo career or weirdly-named one-off (why didn't Godley and Creme keep the moniker 'Frabjoy and Runciple Spoon'?!), whichever happened to come earliest in the story. Looking out all of these records is hard work - even as big a group as The Mindbenders were in the 1960s haven't been properly served on CD at the time of writing and mainly exist on compilations - but one way of tracking down many of these items in one go (and a few guest appearances outside our scope) is to buy the compilation 'Strawberry Bubblegum' (2003), which rounds up 23 typically esoteric and zany choices.
Godley and Creme (The Yellow Bellow Boom Room!)