GODLEY & CREME Consequences (1977), L (1978), Freeze Frame (1979), Ismism (1981), Birds Of Prey (1983), The History Mix Vol. 1 (1985), Snack Attack EP (1987) & Goodbye Blue Sky (1988)

Consequences (1977)
L (1978)
Freeze Frame (1979)
Ismism (1981)
Birds Of Prey (1983)
The History Mix, Vol. 1 (1985)
Snack Attack EP (1987)
Goodbye Blue Sky (1988)

Where do you begin with Kevin Godley and Lol Creme? Pegged as the eccentric half of 10cc, the duo received acclaim for stretching the limited boundaries of the pop/song format (at first, within 10cc) to include an idiosyncratic blend of conceptual pop melodicism and the indulgence of whimsy. They’re not opposed to shock and awe, either, sometimes purposely delivering oblique and semi-detached material… often driving them further from fan bases. A lot of that changed in the 80s, when the pair discovered the power of video (and video production) in delivering musical ideas direct to the MTV generation, without the need of suspicious radio programmers, which could never figure them out. Here’s a collection of most of their work after leaving 10cc, beginning with the mysteriously bombastic 3LP box set, Consequences – a showcase for their once promising bowed string guitar and bass invention, The Gizmotron (you can read a bunch more about that  – and download a Gizmo demo tape – on our previous Consequences post, here). Their following releases were a winding series of always interesting, sometimes illuminating, but rarely fully satisfying albums. It’s fair to say that Godley & Creme are exceptional artists. They’re inventive, creative, unusual and distinct. They’re squares that don’t readily fit into the circular pop/radio hole, and for that they’ve been largely ignored since their biggest hit, “Crying ” cut a swath across MTV in the mid-80s. All of these releases (except the Snack Attack EP) are 2010 reissue upgrades, available at Amazon (just click the covers). Listen to an assortment of tracks below.


Consequences (1977)
1
Seascape (2:52)
Wind (3:54)
Fireworks (1:01)
Stampede (6:15)
Burial Scene (3:07)
Sleeping Earth (6:43)
Honolulu Lulu (0:57)
The Flood (10:23)
Five O’Clock In The Morning (3:54)
Dialogue (4:06)
When Things Go Wrong (3:43)
Dialogue (6:42)
2
Lost Weekend (4:53)
Dialogue (6:24)
Rosie (3:07)
Dialogue (1:06)
Office Chase (2:35)
Dialogue (4:17)
Cool, Cool, Cool (2:53)
Dialogue (0:09)
Cool, Cool, Cool (Reprise) (0:30)
Dialogue (0:47)
Sailor (2:11)
Dialogue (5:13)
Mobilization (1:46)
Dialogue (2:13)
Please, Please, Please (1:58)
Dialogue (5:51)
Blints Tune (Movements 1-17) (14:21)

L (1978)

This Sporting Life (7:29)
Sandwiches Of You (3:19)
Art School Canteen (3:04)
Group Life (4:15)
Punchbag (4:46)
Foreign Accents (4:39)
Hit Factory/Business Is Business (7:10)

 

 

Freeze Frame (1979)

An Englishman In New York (5:55)
Random Brainwave (2:40)
I Pity Inanimate Objects (5:27)
Freeze Frame (4:50)
Clues (5:26)
Brazilia (Wish You Were Here) (6:13)
Mugshots (3:55)
Get Well Soon (4:42)
Silent Running (4:01) – BONUS TRACK
Wide Boy (3:32) – BONUS TRACK
Submarine (4:02) – BONUS TRACK
Marciano (3:26) – BONUS TRACK

 

Ismism (1981)

Snack Attack (7:15)
Under Your Thumb (4:47)
Joey’s Camel (5:29)
The Problem (4:06)
Ready For Ralph (2:24)
Wedding Bells (3:26)
Lonnie (4:51)
Sale Of The Century (4:28)
The Party (8:11)
Power Behind The Throne (3:41) -BONUS TRK
Babies (4:44) – BONUS TRACK

Birds Of Prey (1983)

My Body The Car (2:25)
Worm And The Rattle Snake (3:24)
Cats Eyes (3:45)
Samson (5:30)
Save A Mountain For Me (3:40)
Madame Guillotine (5:05)
Woodwork (4:40)
Twisted Nerve (4:04)
Out In The Cold (4:56)
Welcome To Breakfast Television (2:33) – BONUS
Samson (Dance Mix) (5:54) – BONUS TRACK
Golden Boy (3:52) – BONUS TRACK
Samson (UK 7” Promo Single Edit) (3:58) – BONUS TRACK
Golden Boy (Long Version) (5:48) – BONUS TRACK

The History Mix, Vol. 1 (1985)

Wet Rubber Soup (18:59)
Expanding The Business/The ‘Dare You’ Man/Hum Drum Boys In Paris/Mountain Tension (17:06)
Light Me Up (4:33)
An Englishman In New York (5:55)
Save A Mountain For Me (3:38)
Golden Boy (5:51)
Cry (Extended Remix) (7:28)
Snack Attack (Extended Remix) (9:50)

 

Snack Attack EP (1987)

Snack Attack (7:04)
Wet Rubber Soup (Edited Version) (3:23)
Snack Attack (7″ Remix) (3:52)
Jack Attack Dub (6:40)

 

 

 

 

Goodbye Blue Sky (1988)

H.E.A.V.E.N./A Little Piece Of Heaven (5:06)
Don’t Set Fire (To The One I Love) (3:28)
Golden Rings (4:17)
Crime & Punishment (7:22)
The Big Bang (2:32)
10,000 Angels (5:17)
Sweet Memory (4:51)
Airforce One (3:41)
The Last Page Of History (4:02)
Desperate Times (3:41)
A Little Piece Of Heaven (Extended Mix)  (6:09) – BONUS TRACK
Bits Of Blue Sky (5:46) – BONUS TRACK
Hidden Heartbeat (4:34) – BONUS TRACK
Rhino Rhino (3:21) – BONUS TRACK
Can’t Sleep (2:08) – BONUS TRACK

19 Comments

  • 1
    Willard
    November 18, 2011 - 12:40 | Permalink

    Find them all HERE

  • 2
    Steward
    November 18, 2011 - 13:37 | Permalink

    wow, thanks for these! I listened to “The Problem” form IsmIsm/Snack Attack when studying for the GREs.

    • 3
      Willard
      November 18, 2011 - 13:40 | Permalink

      Might make for some weird results.

  • 4
    November 18, 2011 - 15:22 | Permalink

    Nice collection, Cap.
    Always loved ‘L’ (the melliferous tone of the ‘Bad Samaritan’, ‘Sandwiches of You’ and the nightmare inducing ‘Punchbag’).
    G&C were 10cc; but once let out they upped the dose; making some of the druggiest music ever – ‘I Pity Inanimate Objects’ still gives me flashbacks: pure acid for the ears.
    roy

  • 5
    Simon
    November 18, 2011 - 17:56 | Permalink

    L was one of the first 5 LP´s i bought along with Phil Manzaneras Diamond Head and thats formed my life forever.

    • 6
      Willard
      November 18, 2011 - 18:11 | Permalink

      Weird. Which was the very first?

  • 7
    November 18, 2011 - 18:08 | Permalink

    ‘L’ is an undiscovered classic, with ‘Ismism’ not too far behind. 10cc really suffered when GandC left, although ‘Deceptive Bends’ is a WAY better album than most people reckon. But GandC bought the Art School mania to the band and when they split, Gouldman and Stewart’s slighty more straight-edged vision lacked the (dare I say it) ‘quirkyness’ of the earlier material.

    ‘Consequences’ is ripe for reappraisal…

    • 8
      Willard
      November 18, 2011 - 18:18 | Permalink

      Pretty much agree. head over to Birds With Broken Wings. Miles did a nice, edited version of Consequences after we first posted it a few years ago (here).

  • 9
    HORST
    November 19, 2011 - 14:31 | Permalink

    I interviewed them for “Goodbye Blue Sky” and they insisted on talking in a self created language! A very strange experience – like their best music! THANX FOR ALL THE WORK!

    • 10
      Willard
      November 19, 2011 - 16:58 | Permalink

      Say what? You got tapes?

      • 11
        HORST
        November 22, 2011 - 10:47 | Permalink

        I definitly got it somewhere on an old cassette. I try to locate it………

        • 12
          Willard
          November 22, 2011 - 11:07 | Permalink

          You’ve piqued some interest…

  • 13
    Homer
    November 20, 2011 - 11:53 | Permalink

    Oh man thank you! I´ve been looking for these crackpots for ages. Wonderful music, though Consequences is the worst album ever made (yes, it is even worse than Lulu – and it gets even worse as the years get by).

  • 14
    November 20, 2011 - 22:30 | Permalink

    These guys…these guys. Can’t tell you how much that little run of albums from L to Birds of Prey has meant to me. It took me a few years to get Ismism and Birds; when a friend of mine went to England on vacation, I asked her to look for them if she went in any record stores (sure, I had Snack Attack, but god that cover was awful and I wanted the real thing)…and she came through. Guess my favorite remains Freeze Frame, though; it’s just full of sardonic brilliance.

  • 15
    r
    November 21, 2011 - 06:43 | Permalink

    Wow. Got them all on vinyl, so this is a very welcome ipod upgrade. Thank you so much – I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed this quirky, funny, sophisticated, music.

  • 16
    November 25, 2011 - 21:56 | Permalink

    Great post, G&C made some wonderful weird & wacky stuff.
    Not all worked of course, but when it did…, thank again!

  • 17
    Michael
    February 18, 2013 - 23:50 | Permalink

    Thank you so much for these.

  • 18
    zappahead
    July 14, 2013 - 11:29 | Permalink

    Your site…is like a drug to me Willard…..many thanks for making my life more bearable when I can listen to the likes of this great stuff…ismism is my favourite but haven’t heard L…. so…Ill take a listen to that now….once again…thanks you very much for the shares.

  • 19
    Matt
    October 23, 2013 - 01:04 | Permalink

    Can’t say thanks enough for these. I’m a huge G&C/10CC fan

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