Release Date: Nov 27, 2012
Record label: Mercury
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Album Rock, Art Rock, Prog-Rock, Soft Rock
10cc has been subjected to countless compilations over the years -- the hits get recycled regularly and the early stuff for Jonathan King's U.K. Records gets shuffled around -- but they've never had a testament to their weird work until the 2012 box set Tenology. Running four CDs and one DVD, Tenology is certainly generous, but a case could be made that it could have been even longer, encompassing a disc of their early work making bubblegum for Strawberry Studios (in lieu of that, the 2003 Castle compilation, Strawberry Bubblegum serves as an excellent supplement to this), but what is here shows that 10cc was far stranger, savvier, funnier, and wilder than "I'm Not in Love" and "The Things We Do for Love" might suggest.
When I became fascinated with 10cc in the late 80s, nothing could have seemed less current. That's not just a turn of phrase. I'm trying to think of things that might have. I can't. Even Status Quo were invited to open Live Aid. Yes were in the charts. That's right, Yes. 10cc, by contrast, were in ….