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Consequences 10cc podcast 75 - The Great 10cc Alcester Bake-off # 2: Life is a Missing Minestrone

Consequences 10cc podcast 75 - The Great 10cc Alcester Bake-off # 2: Life is a Missing Minestrone

August 9, 2021
Here’s part two of our three-part series, reliving the fun Peter, Liam and Sean had in the Man Cave with a pile of priceless Strawberry studio tapes!
 
There are some really rare treats here, including four 1979 10cc demos for their ‘7th album’. There are also some lovely nuggets of tiny (or missing!) taped fragments that cast more light on this wonderful band’s mysterious ways… The master copies of a few hit singles are marvellous, too.
 
You can access these wonderful audio files in 24-bit, 48k quality by subscribing here, via the shared ‘Goodies in the Pipeline' folder:
 
https://www.podbean.com/premium-signup/qiegf-220cbb/The+Consequences+10cc+podcast
 
Please note: we’ve deliberately interrupted some of the audio from the tapes here to discourage cheeky ‘bootlegging’, but full audio will be available from this week, and we’ll ‘release’ all of the audio files after we premiere them on the podcast.  Hope that makes sense!
 
Videos of the tapes being captured (with pristine audio) will be made available via Sean’s YouTube channel the day after the tapes are featured on the pod:
 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPtPyoGmdllLyIeQOIewN1w
 
Consequences 10cc podcast subscribers’ Premium exclusive: The Great Alcester Bake-off tapes
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Consequences 10cc podcast subscribers’ Premium exclusive: The Great Alcester Bake-off tapes

August 2, 2021

Hello Consequences subscribers!

As a special treat for you, Sean, Paul and Peter are making all of the audio from The Great 10cc Alcester Bake-off available to you in BluRay 24-bit 48k sound quality. You can access these wonderful audio files here, via our shared ‘Goodies in the Pipeline’ folder.

Just download the attached PDF file, where you'll find a link that will give you direct access to the folder. The new audio files will be in the ‘Alcester Bake-off 2021’ folder, and will be updated a day or two after the tapes are ‘premiered’ on the podcast.

We really think you’ll love these amazing recordings!  Thanks so much for subscribing,

Sean, Paul and Peter.

Consequences 10cc podcast 74 - The Great 10cc Alcester Bake-off #1: This is Not an Orchestra

Consequences 10cc podcast 74 - The Great 10cc Alcester Bake-off #1: This is Not an Orchestra

August 2, 2021
On 20th July 2021, Sean had the pleasure of welcoming Strawberry archivist Peter Wadsworth and ‘10cc: Worst Band in the World’ author Liam Newton to his newly-refurbed Man Cave in Alcester, Warwickshire. He so wished Paul could have been there to experience the sound that came from a dozen tapes recently obtained by Peter. These tapes were duly baked in the food dehumidifier that served us so well with the ’Natural Wonder’ tape at the tail end of last year.  Honestly folks, we really believe some of these will blow your minds!
 
We don’t want to give away too much in the blurb here, but in this first episode of ’The Great 10cc Alcester Bake-off’, we unearth two master tapes from the mid-70s that have never been heard before.  The quality is incredible, and the musical content breath-taking.
 
Sean has digitised all of the new tapes in 24-bit 48k sound quality, equivalent to BluRay, so about 50% better than CD. You can access these wonderful audio files by subscribing here, where you’ll be given access to the shared ‘Goodies in the Pipeline' folder. Our subscription/donation fee is $25 per year:
 
 
Please note: we’ve deliberately interrupted some of the audio from the tapes in this podcast to try to discourage cheeky ‘bootlegging’ of less than perfect audio, but full versions of all the featured tapes will be available via the folder above from this week. We’ll ‘release’ all of the audio files after we premiere them on the podcast.  Hope that makes sense!
 
Videos of the tapes being captured (with pristine audio) will be made available via Sean’s YouTube channel the day after the tapes are featured on the pod:
 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPtPyoGmdllLyIeQOIewN1w
Consequences 10cc podcast 73 - Swinging our Benefits in a Red Bandana

Consequences 10cc podcast 73 - Swinging our Benefits in a Red Bandana

June 21, 2021
What do you think of 10cc’s most epic track?  
 
Paul, Eric and Sean pore over this monumental work in their usual forensic fashion to make up their own minds once and for all. Unconditional love, or not so? Stunning musicianship and arrangement? A unique, orchestral triumph?  A tour de force, made for the stage? Eric Stewart’s finest moments at the mic and on guitar?  But is the song itself a slight case of mutton dressed up as lamb, with too many incoherent parts? Just the formulaic third in a series of three-part 10cc songs with a Latin break in the middle? A muscle-flexing statement of independence after Kevin and Lol's departure?  Whatever 10cc fans' differing views, the three of us all have a tremendous admiration for it. And for the incredible talents of one Del Newman.
 
We hope you enjoy the harmonic piano insights of Mr Baumgartner, the numerous audio Easter eggs, the cheeky influences we’ve spotted, and the debate over the song’s title and wordplay, which don’t seem to have translated well across the pond!
 
Oh, and you’re all in for a bit of a surprise too, just as Eric and Paul were!
Consequences 10cc podcast 72 - Beaucoup Plus Tard La Même Nuit à Paris

Consequences 10cc podcast 72 - Beaucoup Plus Tard La Même Nuit à Paris

June 7, 2021

Bienvenue tout le monde!  And a big welcome back to our New Best Friend and maestro Eric Baumgartner for what can only be described as a musical tour-de-force deep dive into 10cc’s quirky 1975 masterpiece ‘Une Nuit à Paris’.

Perhaps surprisingly, two out of three of us here are less than 100% in love with this track. Is there something unsatisfying about the song itself, and is it just too harsh on the ears?  All of us agree though that as a structured piece of theatre, it’s a masterwork.

Needless to say, Monsieur Baumgartner’s musical analysis and dancing fingers are dazzling again, and Sean’s hit a bit of a purple patch with some audio geekery - all just for a bit of fun!  (He should get out more). Paul treats us to some fascinating and funny anecdotes direct from the band members. We guarantee that you’ll be hearing a dozen things that you’ve never known or noticed before.

In a word - which we use many times during this podcast - MAGNIFIQUE!

Consequences 10cc podcast 71 - One and One Make Acetates: rare treasures from Godley and Creme

Consequences 10cc podcast 71 - One and One Make Acetates: rare treasures from Godley and Creme

May 24, 2021
Once again, Paul and Sean are completely indebted to friend of the show Dave Jarvis for a succession of early Godley and Creme recordings that are rarer than a really rare thing!
 
This pod acts as a kind of companion piece to episode #22 (‘I’m Beside Myself’). We won’t give away too much, but among the dozen or so tracks we listen to here, we have perhaps the earliest ‘proper’ recording the boys committed to tape: a limited edition promotional record for a hot Manchester night spot.  It’s a cracker.  Also featured are two of the very early songs Kevin mentions in his excellent autobiography ‘Spececake’, but which he can’t lay his hands on. Other delights are literally one-off acetates made from collaborations with Graham in the late 1960s, and an unidentified Kev/Lol/Graham track that turns up mysteriously tagged on the end of another band’s album in 1977.  And finally, a round-up of some of the tasty morsels on the excellent ‘Strawberry Bubblegum’ compilation that we didn’t get around to discussing on podcast #22. The last track we look at here is 10cc's final blueprint for their trademark sound, under the bizarre name ‘Grumble’.  It’s a wonderful prototype for the debut album, and just one of the many listening treasures in this episode.
 
Whether you agree with us on the relative merits of these musical curios, we’ll all speak with one voice in praise for Kevin Godley’s incredible vocals on the lion’s share of the tracks. Really brilliant.
Consequences 10cc podcast 70 - Adventures in Harmony & Lol’s Magic Chord - with Eric Baumgartner

Consequences 10cc podcast 70 - Adventures in Harmony & Lol’s Magic Chord - with Eric Baumgartner

May 10, 2021

Sean and Paul are once again under the spell of Atlanta's affable and twinkled-fingered musicologist, Eric Baumgartner! Not only that, but more than a year on from the start of the pandemic, we've finally found a way to record everyone in hi-fi sound... one of the many reasons why this is one of Sean's favourite episodes!

Eric's musical understanding is second to none, as we journey around 10cc's unusual and ground-breaking adventures with harmony. Now, we're not talking about the bursts of 'oos' and 'aahs' here. This is about their all-important use of chords, and Eric plays us dozens of examples, first through other pioneering pop writers who influenced the Stockport foursome, and other great composers who used similar techniques. Now don't get worried here: we're not going to dazzle you with science. We're just going to let you hear what made 10cc's compositional chops so amazing!

There are signature songwriting techniques being analysed here, such as 'slash chords', chromaticism and pedal points, and you'll giggle in recognition as Eric plays snippets from a huge array of 10cc classics. These guys were up to some clever and surprising tricks!  But for us the *real* treat is his discovery of 'Lol's Magic Chord'...  We won't give anything away, but suffice to say it's a real scoop!  Hilarious and beautiful with it.

Thank you so much Eric, this was an absolute hoot!

Consequences 10cc podcast 69 - Rick Fenn pt 2 - Life Could Be a Dream

Consequences 10cc podcast 69 - Rick Fenn pt 2 - Life Could Be a Dream

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. 
Consequences 10cc podcast 68 - Welcome to the World pt 1 - with Rick Fenn

Consequences 10cc podcast 68 - Welcome to the World pt 1 - with Rick Fenn

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!
Consequences 10cc podcast 67 - You Didn’t Like It Because You Didn’t Bake It - tape deep dives #2

Consequences 10cc podcast 67 - You Didn’t Like It Because You Didn’t Bake It - tape deep dives #2

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?  
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