HOTLEGS (10cc) Thinks: School Stinks (1970) + You Didn’t Like It Because You Didn’t Think Of It – The Complete Sessions 1970-1971 (2008)

Hotlegs ThinksThinks: School Stinks (1970)
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It’s pretty amazing how idiosyncratic 10cc were, even when “first” starting out. I say “first” because they all had pedigrees by 1970 and, in fact, the only reason Graham Gouldman wasn’t in on these sessions is because he was in NYC selling songs at the time. Thinks: School Stinks is the original debut LP by those who would eventually become 10cc. If the cover looks familiar, it’s because Alice Cooper copped the concept for 1972’s School’s Out, (HERE). This particular pre-10cc incarnation – Eric Stewart, Lol Creme, Kevin Godley – even had a minor hit with “Neanderthal Man,” a likable novelty curio, at best. The rest of this 9-song album (re-released only a year later, with a couple added tunes and a new title, You Didn’t Like It Because You Didn’t Think Of It) is like a quick sketch of the off-beat pop & avant pop ideas 10cc would pursue in following years. I can’t remember where I got these hard drive files (fairly clean vinyl), but thanks. Thinks: School Stinks would eventually come out on CD in 1994 & 2006, before being replaced with the 2008 reissue below.


Neanderthal Man (4:20)
How Many Times (4:28)
Desperate Dan (2:26)
Take Me Back (5:17)
Um Wah, Um Woh (4:51)
Suite F.A. (13:12)
Fly Away (2:54)
Run Baby Run (3:03)
All God’s Children (4:06)

FrontYou Didn’t Like It Because You Didn’t Think Of It – The Complete Sessions 1970-1971 (2008)
It’s About Time

Thanks to George The Penguin for posting this “Complete Sessions” reissue in Readers’ Links (a vast resource if you haven’t visited yet, HERE). You Didn’t Like It Because You Didn’t Think Of It – The Complete Sessions 1970-1971 is a remastered and far superior issue, including an alternate mix of the hit, “Neanderthal Man,” as well as rare 45s. Find it @ Amazon, HERE.

Neanderthal Man (4:16)
How Many Times (4:17)
Desperate Dan (2:18)
Take Me Back (5:00)
Um Wah, Um Woh (5:06)
Suite F.A. (12:48)
Fly Away (2:44)
Run Baby Run (2:52)
All God’s Children (3:55)
The Loser (3:38) - From the revised You Didn’t Like It Because You Didn’t Think Of It LP, 1971
Today (4:02) - From the revised You Didn’t Like It Because You Didn’t Think Of It LP, 1971 with Graham Gouldman
Lady Sadie (4:19) - 45 Release, 1971
You Didn’t Like It Because You Didn’t Think Of It (4:31) - B-Side To Neanderthal Man, 1970
Neanderthal Man (Alternative U.S. Mix) (4:19)

7 Comments

  • 1
    Shriner
    December 30, 2010 - 18:47 | Permalink

    The first time I ever heard "Neanderthal Man" was on whatever volume of Rhino's "Have A Nice Day" series it is on.

    I thought it was a bad CD — drums way in front and vocals *way* in the back.

    But somebody told me that it was intentional. Go figure.

    Is the rest of the album "odd" like that song?

  • 2
    W
    December 30, 2010 - 18:51 | Permalink

    Not in the "novelty" way that "Neanderthal Man" is. It's odd in a commercial pop radio sense, though. Much of it's like an under-developed 10cc. Give a listen to the streaming song for another taste.

  • 3
    W
    December 30, 2010 - 15:41 | Permalink

    Find it HERE.

  • 4
    Anonymous
    January 1, 2011 - 11:53 | Permalink

    I bought the album when it was released and like Shriner wondered about the mix of Neanderthal Man with its drum heavy and vocals light mix. I would love to hear it remixed.

    Mike

  • 5
    peter vine
    December 10, 2011 - 17:13 | Permalink

    genius has to start somewhere,just listen then listen again then youll get it if not well its not for you.

  • 6
    LeSamourai
    February 11, 2014 - 20:15 | Permalink

    Thanks, Capt. Willard!

  • 7
    George The Penguin
    February 19, 2014 - 23:44 | Permalink

    @Anonymous & Shriner:

    The U.S. mix of “Neanderthal Man” is a bit brighter and more fuller mix than the original. Quite frankly, I hope they never remix this song to a ‘normal’ version–it would kill its quirky flavor. To think that this song was a top ten hit back in the day shows how diverse that time period in music was. The rest is this close–fingers half an inch apart–by the band making a Bealte-ish album. Very different than what you would expect from the usual 10cc album.

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