GODLEY & CREME Consequences (1977/2010)

Consequences (1977)
The Debut Of 10cc’s Exotic Half

When 10cc split up, Eric Stewart & Graham Gouldman walked away with the band’s pure pop essence while Kevin Godley & Lol Creme made do with the restless, experimental edge the group championed. A simplification, yes (and, much like Lennon & McCartney, each half could easily do both), but perceptions sometimes persist. In Godley & Creme’s case, that perception was nailed home with their solo debut, Consequences. Initially begun as a showcase for their patented guitar/bass contraption, The Gizmotron, Consequences turned into an elaborate 3LP production that probably cost the duo more fans that it created. It had an environmental concept, but you’re better off ignoring it. There are melodies, but not many memorable ones and the album’s comedic bits of dialogue weighed heavy after a couple of listens… or, one listen for that matter. Still, Consequences is a fascinating creation and its scope is impressive. The sound of the Gizmotron itself, a bowed string replicator, was unique, but even less realistic than the Mellotron it was partly designed to supersede. By way of disclosure, I purchased one of the famed Gizmo’s and fucked up a 60s Telecaster bass by attaching the unwieldy hunk of metal (still there to this day) that anchored the Gizmo’s spinning rubber wheels. The wheels disintegrated within 6 months. I requested a refund but its been over 30 years and I’ve yet to hear back from Godley or Creme. Every action has consequences, I suppose, which seems to be the album’s point. Re-upped using 2010 source material. BONUS: Gizmotron Demo Tape In Comments. Amazon.


1
Seascape (2:51)
Wind (3:54)
Fireworks (1:01)
Stampede (6:15)
Burial Scene (3:07)
Sleeping Earth (6:42)
Honolulu Lulu (0:57)
The Flood (10:20)
Five O’Clock In The Morning (3:54)
Dialogue (4:05)
When Things Go Wrong (3:43)
Dialogue (6:41)
Lost Weekend (4:51)

2
Dialogue (6:25)
Rosie (3:07)
Dialogue (1:07)
Office Chase (2:35)
Dialogue (4:17)
Cool, Cool, Cool (2:53)
Dialogue (0:07)
Cool, Cool, Cool (Reprise) (0:30)
Dialogue (0:47)
Sailor (2:11)
Dialogue (5:11)
Mobilization (1:46)
Dialogue (2:12)
Please, Please, Please (1:57)
Dialogue (5:50)
Blint’s Tune (Movements 1-17) (14:18)

 

24 Comments

  • 1
    Jim S
    July 30, 2009 - 02:20 | Permalink

    Epic.

  • 2
    Anonymous
    July 30, 2009 - 11:48 | Permalink

    awful

  • 3
    drfeelgoed
    July 30, 2009 - 23:47 | Permalink

    I still love "Five O'Clock In The Morning" and these 2 weirdos in general

  • 4
    Anonymous
    July 31, 2009 - 00:04 | Permalink

    And When Things Go Wrong is a very memorable tune!

    Plus using water drips as rhythm on the Flood is genius!

  • 5
    roy rocket
    July 31, 2009 - 00:45 | Permalink

    With a bit of editing this makes for a good album; and it has got Peter Cook on it…

  • 6
    Richard
    July 31, 2009 - 01:07 | Permalink

    The bitter irony – from the point of view of your mangled axe – is that what eventually killed the Gizmo was the E-bow… basically the same idea, but hand-held so it doesn't need any mounting-holes.

    They're still available

    http://www.ebow.com/home.php

    And they still suck ass…

    That said, Godley & Creme have left us quite a musical – and video – legacy to remember them by

  • 7
    Peace
    July 31, 2009 - 00:01 | Permalink

    You own a Gizmotron, Willard? Respect! I'm sure there's a group of likeminded individuals somewhere on the internets, fashioning replacement rubber wheels …

  • 8
    Capt. Willard
    July 31, 2009 - 00:26 | Permalink

    Unfortunately, it wasn't just the wheels, it was also the way the wheels were attached to the "spinner." Actually, I don't think the Gizmo needed any competition from the Ebow to help it die. It had VERY limited appeal in the first place and the actual device disintegrated all by itself, before it even had a chance to become obsolete or replaced by advanced technology. Their customer service was non-existent, too. I should still have the demo cassette that came with it somewhere, if that's still intact. Thanks for all the comments.

  • 9
    Miles
    August 1, 2009 - 03:58 | Permalink

    A funny story. Out of curiousity, just how much did the Gizmo set you back? Apparently there was there was no warranty to speak of.

  • 10
    Capt. Willard
    August 1, 2009 - 04:50 | Permalink

    Hi Miles,
    I'm afraid that info is lost to time. I have zero recollection of how much the damed thing cost. I've since tossed the actual Gizmo (decades ago) and all that's left is the metal bracket (as a reminder). Unfortunately, my first look for the demo tape turned up nada, so I need to dig deeper to see if it still exists. In reality, there was never any attempt on my part to do anything about the Gizmo's defects and no warranty that I can remember.

    For curious types, someone has posted a bunch of pics of their Gizmo…

    http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~si6k-inue/other4.html

    The text is in Japanese, which to us mono-lingual types, looks much like cursing, especially since this guy was losing his wheels, too.

  • 11
    Miles
    August 2, 2009 - 00:42 | Permalink

    Willard…

    I just waded through this beast from start to finish, and came to the same conclusion that I'd always felt about 10CC (and what . eluded to) — the team of Godley & Creme were just far too clever for their own good. Moments of sheer finesse marred by eccentricities that forever kept them out of reach.

    Funnily enough, I found the dialogue in Consequences to be more engaging than most of the music, save 'The Flood' with it's utilization of lapping water to form the eventual rhythm track of syncopated dripping. Brilliant! The spoken segments are nearly right up there with Vivian Stanshall's 'Sir Henry Rawlinson' with Derek & Clive and bits of Firesign to boot. Hairpins, The Duke of Earl, tarpaulins, and suicidal goldfish. Hilarious stuff.

    Start tapping your Baton, Mr. Stapleton!

  • 12
    Capt. Willard
    August 2, 2009 - 01:41 | Permalink

    Mr. Miles,
    You and I (and .) might be on the same page on this one. 10cc had some great pop songs (and a lively delivery) to sometimes carry the day, but Godley, Creme & 10cc's attempts to dazzle tended to leave me more "interested" than actually engaged. The "too clever" tag is a familiar one, but quite accurate in the case of Consequences. As mentioned by others above, I think many may have sculpted their own versions over the years – as it's pretty well agreed upon, even for die-hards, that it was too long. Of course… if it originally had been a single album, we'd all now be clamoring for (and paying premium bucks for) the reissue with bonus tracks. Some of us are just never satisfied.

    Thanks for all the comments.

  • 13
    Capt. Willard
    August 2, 2009 - 01:44 | Permalink

    Ta-Daa
    Found the Gizmotron demo cassette. Now it's a matter of finding out if it still plays (it's only 30+ years old) and getting it transferred. Sit tight.

  • 14
    Anonymous
    August 2, 2009 - 05:39 | Permalink

    Great news about the cassette. I'll watch this space.

    I loved Godley and Creme's contribution to 10cc (One Night in Paris, Don't Hang Up etc) but would tend to agree that Consequences needed editing. That could be an interesting exercise. However I would probably be keeping all the songs and getting rid of most of the sound effects and much of the dialogue. I read somewhere years ago that had this done it could have been a poor man's Sgt Pepper, whatever that means.

    By the way, a great eclectic site here.

    Regards

    Mike

  • 15
    Anonymous
    August 2, 2009 - 14:56 | Permalink

    Check out Godley & Creme's final album, "Goodbye Blue Sky". It's amazing, truly listenable from start to finish. Completely different from anything else they did. And just jam-packed with harmonicas.

  • 16
    FlashG
    August 20, 2009 - 11:36 | Permalink

    When I saw you had posted "Consequences", I remembered that on when I DJ'd my last college radio show in 1979 (overnight from 12am -6am), I played the entire 6 sides of the 3 LP set back to back. I probably lost some listeners, but what the hell…

  • 17
    Capt. Willard
    August 20, 2009 - 11:41 | Permalink

    We noticed it was your "last" radio show, too.

  • 18
    FlashG
    August 20, 2009 - 20:17 | Permalink

    Yeah it was, but that was not because of playing the entire Consequences. It was due the fact that on Alternative Radio, my Music Director wanted me to play the AOR "Hits" of the day – the same old same old, which I refused to do. One of us had to go… and you know who was gone. Buggers had no idea of what Alternative Radio really was. So I showed them on my last show.

  • 19
    Anonymous
    August 20, 2009 - 22:45 | Permalink

    Good on you FlashG for flying the flag for alternative music. (I would have loved hearing the whole album-although I would usually be asleep after midnight!)

    Around the early eighties a mate of mine here in Australia who was doing his last radio show played the entire track of the Beatles Revolution No.9. Probably the only time it was ever played on radio, especially as the station was in a conservative outback town.

    P.S. Hey Willard, how did that Gizmo demo tape turn out? Good enough to post?

    Regards

    Mike

  • 20
    Anonymous
    August 21, 2009 - 05:42 | Permalink

    Willard

    Thanks for doing that. I found it interesting.

    Consequences was probably more impressive as a demo of the gizmo's possibilities. Still that demo is a reminder of a short lived, ingenious guitar attachment, but which was not embraced by the guitar community, presumably because of some of it's limitations that you and others have experienced.

    Thanks again.

    Mike
    (Check out my YouTube page under 'mcphert1').

  • 21
    Capt. Willard
    November 6, 2009 - 15:50 | Permalink

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  • 22
    Capt. Willard
    November 27, 2010 - 16:45 | Permalink

    Gizmotron Demo Tape HERE.

    Here you go. The sound is shitty, it's just under 9 minutes and you'd never know it was in any way associated with Godley & Creme, as it sounds like a typically cheesy product demo tape – with typically cheesy product demo music. I would have run a pic of the cassette, but the original is just a blank, grey plastic shell. It's all yours now.

  • 23
    Richard England
    June 29, 2012 - 20:15 | Permalink

    In interesting re-programming of this album at http://birdswithbrokenwings2.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/men-of-consequence.html

  • 24
    Willard
    June 29, 2012 - 21:10 | Permalink

    Thanks… Birds is our pal Miles, who’s commenting above.

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