April 26, 2021
Paul and Sean really enjoyed our second conversation with Rick Fenn. Once again, he’s incredibly honest and unassuming about his fascinating and hugely surprising career outside 10cc. He’s collaborated with many of Rock’s biggest names, as we shall hear.
Rick has been nothing short of prolific in his musical projects, since the temporary demise of 10cc in 1980. We look in detail at his stint in Mike Oldfield’s first integral band: as guitarist, later as keyboardist/vocalist, and as it turned out, co-writer. He tells some entertaining (and terrifying!) stories of his time on tour with the band. We briefly touch on 10cc’s Windows in the Jungle before hearing about his role in the joint project with Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason. The ‘Profiles’ album is proof positive of Fenn’s mastery of Prog-influenced keyboards as well as guitars. 10cc fans will love a clip of an Eric Stewart lead vocal that no-one has heard since the mid-80s!
A substantial portion of this podcast is taken up with Rick’s long-time collaboration with soulmate Peter Howarth, best known perhaps as the current lead singer of the Hollies. He’s a gifted singer and an underrated guitarist. Together they co-wrote a major West End musical, ‘Robin: Prince of Sherwood’, and the clips we play demonstrate both enormous vocal and instrumental versatility and a real talent for composition and lyric writing. They also ran the gamut of genres in their Pop writing too, with their listenable collection of self-penned songs ‘And Still I Fly’, available on Spotify. https://open.spotify.com/album/0ks9w6MvgfvuVwPNAuacXt?si=KtMoq0xUQjegSRhZdvegig
Like us, you’ll no doubt be thinking that this Rick Fenn fellow is a proper dark horse! You’ll also hear some rarely-heard snippets from their sadly abandoned musical project ‘Androcles and the Lion’, and we’re so grateful to Rick for his generosity in sharing with us so many rare film and audio clips.
April 12, 2021
Sean and Paul are thrilled to have spent three hours in the company of a 10cc legend in the past few weeks. Rick Fenn has, for no fewer than 45 years, been a core part of 10cc’s live set-up, as well as taking part in most of their post-Deceptive studio projects. A consummate musician. he sees himself as a guitarist, but his mastery of most other instruments is stunning: among them piano and synths, bass, even saxophone! Starting his musical career in Cambridge, he moved to Manchester in 1976, and our story starts with a remarkable TV appearance that sees Rick lock (Dorking) horns with someone who’s quite simply his musical opposite... The rest is history of course, but we won’t spoil the surprise!
Rick gives us so many remarkably candid insights into his time with 10cc. His uncanny audition, the joys of the first tour and recording Bloody Tourists, the stark contrast with Look Hear, and the fall-out from Eric’s tragic accident in 1979, including the deteriorating relationship between Eric and Graham. We continue the story up until the Ten Out of Ten sessions, and we’ll pick up from here next time.
We hope (and expect!) that you really enjoy this episode. We’re excited about the next pod too, where we explore Rick’s incredibly prolific career with other artists as session and live player, and his less well-known core business of commercial soundtracks and musical theatre composer. This chap’s truly been round the block!
March 29, 2021
Sean and Paul feel incredibly lucky and privileged to be able to share these incredible finds, courtesy of the Strawberry Archive. We feel like archaeologists coming back with the spoils! Here’s a deep-ish dive into those two other 10cc tapes we baked for The Great Stockport Bake-off.
This is really a live ‘listening party for two’ where we drool and speculate over three multi-track recordings: Hotlegs’ You Didn’t Like It Because You Didn’t Think of It and 10cc’s Survivor and Tomorrow’s World Today. The first two songs in particular have us raving! The first… well, you’ll have to listen to us change our minds, contradict ourselves and talk nonsense in real time before we wonder out loud about what we might have found. Elementary, my dear McNulty. Not.
Could we have accidentally stumbled across the very first recording that the four members of 10cc ever made together?
March 15, 2021
'How ya doing? Your Disco King here to do his thing!
I hope you have had a be-YOOTI-ful day.
We are here to keep it that way!'
Paul and Sean are delighted today to have a very special guest: British radio legend Andy Peebles - a life-long champion and friend (in every sense) of 10cc.
Andy began his DJ-ing career in Bournemouth, before moving to Manchester to take up a residency at Hardrock, Rank’s huge and prestigious live venue and discotheque in Stretford, Manchester. After a stint with BBC Radio Manchester in the early 70s, he became one of the founding DJs on Piccadilly Radio a few years later. But most of us know him as a Radio One presenter, where he garnered a reputation for thoughtful interviews and sheer passion for music. Perhaps his greatest legacy is his famous and candid interview with John Lennon, taped just days before his death in 1980. He continues to broadcast to this day.
We hope you enjoy this entertaining whistle-stop tour through Andy’s career, and his frequent crossing of paths with Eric, Lol, Kevin and particularly Graham.
And did we mention that Andy was further immortalised by his cameo appearance on *that* triple album?
March 1, 2021
Sean and Paul hope you enjoy this episode. It's extremely long, but we think you'll find it extraordinary.
As you all already know, 17th December 2020 was an amazing day for us: when we unearthed the lost magic of 10cc's beautiful recording of that 30-second advert... This is our own sort of tribute to the contents of that incredible tape. We dive really deeply on this one, so hold onto your hats for our geekiest trip yet! We examine every part committed to that tape and unearth some truly lovely discoveries.
But that's not all. Atlanta, Georgia musician Eric Baumgartner is on hand to give a truly breath-taking musical analysis of every single 10cc musical trope audible in Natural Wonder. His musicality really is dazzling, and you're in for a real treat. The man's a genuine 10cc jukebox!
February 15, 2021
Paul and Sean return to their ‘roots’ for our first pod about *that* triple album for over a year. Today, we talk to former BBC producer Giles Booth, who created Consequences history in the late 1990s with his excellent website, ‘Mr Blint’s Attic’. Mojo magazine even picked up on the story, as this was startlingly early for any website dedicated to one album, let alone a Marmite cult classic like this!
Giles has a lot to get off his chest as he admits that this is the first time he’s actually talked to anyone about said record since he was (yes) 17. The result is the geekiest conversation any of us has ever had. And we loved every minute! Hold on to your hats as we race down dozens of joyous rabbit holes: dummy heads, the number 17, the musical play and its five characters, Peter Cook and Beyond the Fringe, mysterious tapes, the reissues, Kevin and Lol and their attitude to the album’s abject commercial failure. We also can’t resist throwing in some wild theories and fantasies, and we hope you enjoy our nerdy enthusiasm for this under-appreciated wonder!
Giles’s website can be found here: http://www.suppertime.co.uk/blint/. Check it out; it’s brilliant.
Paul and Sean will be performing some more ‘deep dives’ in the coming weeks, and we can’t wait. Thanks so much for listening!
February 1, 2021
Well, what can we say?
This glitchy, very '2020' Zoom call marks the exact moment two members of the original 10cc got to hear three wonderful, historic tapes, one from 1970, the other from six and ten years later. Their reactions and recollections (or lack of them!) are emotional and/or hilarious!
'The Great Stockport Bake-off' project was a joy from start to finish for the team - Paul and Sean, Peter Wadsworth, Liam Newton, Rob Salmon and David Jarvis - and we were gobsmacked and honoured to have Graham and Kevin join us for this chat. They've kindly let us put out the entire call.
Please make sure you watch the film before you listen to this, if you haven't already, as the surprise element will be ruined! The link's at the bottom of the page.
And if your geek diodes aren't too overloaded by this, you can read a bit more detail about the project on Sean's website here: https://www.seanmacreavy.com/tape-restoration-baking-mastering
Sean and Paul
January 25, 2021
Welcome back, and happy 2021!
As you're probably no doubt aware, Paul and Sean have been extremely busy over the last two months - hence our apparent 'radio silence'. Well, we hope you agree that the wait's been worth it. Working with podcast regulars Peter Wadsworth, Liam Newton and Dave Jarvis, we've documented our recent trip to Manchester, where we've had the opportunity and honour of retrieving and physically baking and restoring three rare, lost 10cc studio tapes. We've taken them to a vintage studio in Salford, and you'll be able to now hear if any of the audio on these tapes has survived 40+ years in a Strawberry cupboard!
Watch our new film, ‘The Great Stockport Bake-off’ here: https://youtu.be/Rhjl6kibE_s
Please let us know what you think! There's a thread on Facebook's Godley and Creme group - headed 'SPOILER ALERT' for anyone to post their comments and questions.
Thanks for tuning in - we really appreciate it.
Sean, Paul and the team
You can access a longer version of the film (complete with extra footage from the studio where we hear the mysterious ‘10cc’ tape for the first time) plus the shared ‘Goodies in the Pipeline’ folder, which contains hundreds of rare audio, video and image files. There’s also a brand new stash in there of never-heard-before mixes. All you need to do is subscribe. Just scroll down to our last episode:
January 11, 2021
Hello folks, and thanks so much for subscribing!
Please download the attached PDF document, have a read through and click the links we've provided. We so hope that you enjoy this long version of our film 'The Great Stockport Bake-off' - it's available only to you, and the short version of the film won't be released until the end of January.
On behalf of Sean, Paul, Peter, Liam, David and Rob - have fun baking!
December 17, 2020
Sean and Paul were commissioned by Record Collector magazine to produce a 4-page interview feature with Kevin Godley in its December edition - and we jumped at the chance! So we're releasing this podcast on December 17th (aaaa!), in synch with the much-awaited physical release of Muscle Memory.
We won't give away any details or titbits here, but suffice to say that Kevin's on startling, brutally honest and hilarious form here. Much like his new record, if we're honest! While there's no I'm Not in Love among them, the eleven songs released in fortnightly intervals since the summer have proven once again that Godley is a brilliant lyric writer. His observations on the state of our society are savage and often very, very funny. We really hope you enjoy Kevin's account of them here.
That's us done for this year folks. Thank you so much for sticking with us - there's more to come in the New Year of course, and today also marks the very day that we'll be attempting to unearth the contents of a 'lost' 10cc multi-track tape... Our film 'The Great Stockport Bake-Off' will be coming very soon! Hope you all manage a lovely family time, take care, and see you very soon.