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10cc

10cc

℗ 1973 UK Records UKS 53105

10cc  1973  10cc

Displaying a command of pop styles and satire, 10cc shows that they are a force to be reckoned with on their first album. Hooks abound, harmonies shine, and instrumentation is dazzling without being overdone. Though charges of "self-consciously clever" could be leveled at the group, their command of witty, Anglo-styled pop is so impressive that even those criticisms must be weighed against the mastery of styles. All four members sing lead and are talented songwriters, and this leads to a wide variety of styles that add to their vision. Featuring their number one UK hit "Rubber Bullets, 10cc wades through 10 selections of satire and parody. Arguably, one of the best is the opening cut, Johnny Don't Do It a parody of all the "death discs" of the late fifties and early 60's. (the misunderstood "bad but really good" guy who is killed in a wreck) More contemporary and bitingly sarcastic is Headline Hustler, a commentary on the scandal hungry, ravenous media. Medical facilities and the treatment afforded there is given ripe 10cc commentary in The Hospital Song. ("And when I go, I'll die of plaster casting love.") Whether doing loving parodies of the music they grew up with or satirizing contemporary issues, 10cc show themselves to be top level purveyors of pop on their debut recording. Some might criticize the group for being too self-satisfied with their own intelligence, but there is no denying the true craftsmanship and humor on their 1973 release. Michael Ofjord.

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Johnny, Don't Do It

(Godley Creme Gouldman)

Johnny don't do it
Johnny don't do it
Johnny don't do it
Johnny don't do it

Johnny was an angel
An angel dressed in black
He used to hang around the guys
Down at the local track
He tried so hard to join them
But they always turned him back

Johnny don't do it
He was an angel
Johnny don't do it
Such an angel

He was only 17
Just got out of school
He stole a bike from Joe's garage
To prove that he was cool
He didn't know that the brakes were worn
And fate can be so cruel

Johnny don't do it
He was an angel
Johnny don't do it
Such an angel

Johnny don't do it
Johnny don't do it
Johnny don't do it
Johnny don't do it

Well Johnny went a riding
With his girlfriend on the back seat
Looking for some action
And they found it down a back street
Suddenly a truck pulled out
He tried to step on the brake

Johnny don't do it (Here is a news flash)
Johnny don't do it (Today, Johnny Kowalski, also known as Johnny Angel)
Johnny don't do it (and his young fiance Francine, were tragically killed)
Johnny don't do it (in a cycle accident)
Don't do it, don't do it (any witnesses please contact)
Don't do it, don't do it (the police at Precinct 29)

Now Johnny's with the angels
The angels in the sky
I wonder if he thinks of us
As he goes riding by
If only had listened
Oh the number of times we tried
To tell him

Johnny don't do it
He was an angel
Johnny don't do it
Such an angel
Johnny don't do it
He was an angel
Johnny don't do it
Such an angel
Johnny don't do it
Johnny don't do it
Johnny don't do it
Johnny don't do it

Ships Don't Disappear in the Night (Do They?)

(Gouldman Stewart)

Ships don't just disappear in the night
Do they?
People don't really die of fright
Do they?
We all know it just ain't so

So don't be afraid when the table shakes
Don't you
Don't be amazed when your shadow quakes
Don't you
Start to pray they'll go away

And then they can't do nothing to ya
They can't do nothing to ya
They just keep walking through ya

Better be nice to Vincent Price

Forces at work that we don't understand
Are they?
So don't get the shits if it touches your hand
Don't you
Poltergeists can be so nice

Better be nice to Vincent Price

What's that noise comin' up from the cellar?
What's it?
It's the restless bones of Boris and Bela
Boris and Bela
Don't go down, they're still around

But then they can't do nothing to ya
They can't do nothing to ya
They just keep walking through ya

And then they can't do nothin' to ya
They can't do nothin' to ya
They just keep walkin' through ya