10cc still exploring darker side of human nature, pop-style

Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:12am EDT
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By Jeremy Gaunt

CROPREDY, England (Reuters) - 10cc, the pop-rock band that produced hits such as "I'm Not In Love", "Rubber Bullets" and "The Wall Street Shuffle" in the 1970s, is still bringing fans to their feet with its against-the-grain lyrics about the darker side of life.

But don't expect new songs any time soon.

Co-founder Graham Gouldman, who has been on the road with a most of the current version of the band since 1999, is acutely aware that the lineup on stage now is not the original band that penned its most popular tracks.

Although it has two members who joined 10cc in the 1970s, it is not enough for Gouldman to consider going into the studio to put together an album of new songs.

It would not be "moral", Gouldman told Reuters, given that his main co-authors with 10cc are not there.

"We are very transparent about this Mark 3 10cc and who is in it," he said. "I draw the line at recording new material under 10cc. It's mainly a gut feeling that it's wrong to do that."

Gouldman, however, is happy to work with his old and new colleagues at events such as last week's Fairport's Cropredy Convention, a festival in England's rural Oxfordshire that mixes the old with the new, and at which 10cc headlined.

"I am here to bring the music of 10cc to people," he said, before taking the stage for a performance that for many present was as nostalgic as it was slick.   Continued...

Graham Gouldman, co-founder of pop-rock band 10cc, plays at Fairport's Cropredy Convention, in Cropredy, southern England August 9, 2013. 10cc is best known for hits such as "I'm Not In Love", "Rubber Bullets" and "Wall Street Shuffle" in the 1970s. REUTERS/Colin Clarke