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Not Forgotten: Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of War of the Worlds

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Not Forgotten: 10CC – Deceptive Bends

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Not Forgotten: Supertramp – Even in the Quietest Moments

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MANCHESTER events site GigList is branching out from promoting music into giving it a specific platform of its own with the launch of a sister label, Carrie: an imprint that aims to elevate and celebrate female musicians, producers, and female-presenting voices. And Carrie is launching this midsummer morning with a first track from Yorkshire’s Soft …

Imagine for a moment the pitch for this album to Columbia Records in the mid 70s. A guy best known for advertising jingles and writing light-weight pop-rock hits turns up at the office one day, saying he wants to record a musical version of H G Wells’ science fiction classic, War of the Worlds. He …

Having cornered the intelligent pop market with a brace of hit singles and a quartet of albums which made the most of each individual band member’s top-draw songwriting and cutting-edge production techniques, by 1976 10CC had very little to prove. The arty / techy duo Godley & Creme were getting increasingly enamoured with the types …

Even in the Quietest Moments is the second of two albums wedged between Supertramp’s best album, 1974’s Crime of the Century, and their most commercially successful, 1979’s Breakfast in America. Prior to starting work on Even in the Quietest Moments, Supertramp had made the prescient decision to move their base of operations to America, where …

Their fourth album in as many years, by How Dare You! 10cc had mastered the art of balancing the conflicting demands of big hit singles with fiendishly clever art-rock albums. As commercial as glam rock, but still cleverer than the vast majority of prog-rockers, their formula worked, but it never made them any less ambitious …

By early 1975, 10cc had extricated themselves from an unfavourable recording contract under which their first two albums had been released. This resulted in The Original Soundtrack being a confluence of the experimental pop of their first two albums, with a boost of confidence and a sense of freedom. 10cc were always group that were …

These days 10cc are primarily known for the glorious overdub overload that is “I’m Not in Love”, however that monster hit single was just the tip of an often misunderstood creative iceberg made up of pop experimentalism, intelligent hit singles, art-rock, lovingly crafted production, and the search for the perfect pop song. Although it’s tempting …

Formed by a quartet of individually proven hit writers, multi-instrumentalists, singers and producers, 10CC boasted an enviable pedigree and with an opening salvo of top ten hits that included “Donna”, “Rubber Bullets”, “The Dean and I” and a miss in the overlooked “Johnny Don’t Do It”. Everything pointed to the band’s debut album being a …

The mid 90s coincided with my late teens and were a period of contrariness and of rebellion for me, though not in the cliched ‘railing against your parents and authority’ sense. Being bullied throughout my teenage years led me to rebelling against my own generation, rebelling against the idea of rebellion itself and confounding the …