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The Consequences Podcast 81 - The Dean and Us

The Consequences Podcast 81 - The Dean and Us

October 25, 2021
Welcome to the Consequences Podcast’s first venture outside the 10cc universe! We’ll still be dipping our toes back into the Kevin/Lol/Graham/Eric sphere as and when, but for now we present an extraordinary conversation with a true songwriting legend: Mr Dean Friedman!
 
Seen unfairly as a one hit wonder, Friedman’s career spans nine eclectic albums and regular international tours. His loyal following is treated to intelligent, witty and beautiful songs. As a talented multi-instrumentalist, he really is the full package. Truly one of the most entertaining people we’ve ever met.
 
Much of this chat centres around his new album, ‘American Lullaby’. It’s a characteristically eclectic affair, with all the usual high-octane wordplay, wit and melodic/harmonic beauty. This time though, he really packs a lyrical punch. Inspired (appalled?) by recent events in American politics, the pandemic and vicious culture wars, Dean’s gloves are off. Prepare to be dazzled by his incredibly thoughtful analysis, honesty, moral and political compass and live performances here. One in particular is a comedy masterclass!
 
We also delve into other parts of his career, notably his underrated ‘Rumpled Romeo’ album from the early 80s, which includes his most successful song, ‘McDonald’s Girl’. There’s also room for discussion on some of his less well-known songs, and of course we *had* to look at ‘Lucky Stars’. Why is it so misunderstood as a ‘guilty pleasure’?
 
And we ought to say at this juncture that we simply couldn’t resist chatting about 10cc and Consequences in this chat! We just can’t help ourselves.
Consequences 10cc Podcast 80 - Strawberry Studios Forever: a ‘pod-umentary‘

Consequences 10cc Podcast 80 - Strawberry Studios Forever: a ‘pod-umentary‘

October 18, 2021
Here’s our attempt to condense the events of an incredible day into a single podcast!
 
On 18th September 2021, nearly five hundred people convened at the beautiful Stockport Plaza for Strawberry Studios Forever. Organised and hosted by the inimitable local music champions John and Rosemary Barratt (of Seven Miles Out fame), this was an incredible live musical tribute to one of the UK’s most influential music hubs.
 
We hear short excerpts from every act, guest appearance or song performed by Peter Wadsworth, Selket (from Ramases), Derailer, Phil Mealey, 11 Hours, Eamonn O’Neal, Liv May & Billy Graham, Dr Uke, The Siders, The Sean and I (and Gizmo!), The Panamas, Paul Ryder (Happy Mondays) and Kashmere. The performed songs covered many of Strawberry's iconic recordings, by the likes of 10cc, Ramones, Joy Division, Happy Mondays, Inspiral carpets, Stone Roses and others. Quite a list!
 
During and after the day, Paul and Sean interviewed a number of the participants, including John Barratt, Selket and Stage Manager Jonathan ‘Baz’ Barrett. All three have unique and fascinating experiences of their time at Strawberry.
 
And the Consequences podcast just wouldn’t be complete without Graham’s contribution, would it?
Consequences 10cc podcast 79 - The Great Graham Gouldman Bake-off

Consequences 10cc podcast 79 - The Great Graham Gouldman Bake-off

October 4, 2021

Well folks, in the words of Graham Gouldman here:

 

'Wow.'

 

We'll just leave this one here. Unreleased joys and a reaction from this great musician to die for.  Enjoy!

Consequences 10cc podcast 78 - No Words Today, with Graham

Consequences 10cc podcast 78 - No Words Today, with Graham

September 27, 2021

As Paul says, 'there's no introduction necessary': Graham's umpteenth pod gig is a joy!

We won't give anything away, but we had a lot of surprises here. Graham's 2020-2021 Lockdown project - 'No Words Today' - has been a massive technological leap for the so-called 10cc 'bassist'. Total solo artist, guitar virtuoso and self producer/engineer?  You bet. For those of you fortunate enough to have downloaded this sumptuous beauty already, you'll know exactly what we're talking about.  This is Gouldman firing on cylinders we (and he) didn't even know he had!

And there's an awful lot more to come from this conversation... Coming to a pod near you anon.

 

 

 

 

Consequences 10cc podcast 77 - Shifting Through the McGears with Mike McCartney

Consequences 10cc podcast 77 - Shifting Through the McGears with Mike McCartney

September 13, 2021

Paul and Sean were delighted to spend an hour and a half in the company of Mike 'McGear' McCartney. And what an entertaining and captivating chap he is!

Any fans, like us, of 10cc's Strawberry Studios will of course know about Mike's memorable visits to Stockport. We give due airtime to the excellent 'McGear' album from 1974, as well as looking at its predecessor 'Woman' from two years earlier.

And there's so, so much more. Mike is a consummate raconteur, and he has us in stitches with his anecdotes about the The Scaffold, Cavern, Abbey Road, celebrity interviews, Strawberry, football with the Pythons, and of course 'our kid', his older brother Paul (including our extraordinary recorded find a few weeks ago).

There were a hundred questions we ran out of time - or simply forgot! - to ask. But we really hope you enjoy our attempt to do justice to the career of this underrated and hugely engaging artist.

Consequences 10cc podcast 76 - The Great Alcester Bake-off #3: Hello from Mike, Paul and Linda

Consequences 10cc podcast 76 - The Great Alcester Bake-off #3: Hello from Mike, Paul and Linda

August 23, 2021
Here’s a real departure for us today folks. In the third of our ‘Great Alcester Bake-off’ series, we’ve left the most unusual and surprising until last.
 
Strawberry Archive’s Peter Wadsworth and author of ‘10cc: The Worst Band in the World’ Liam Newton joined Sean in his Man Cave in Alcester to bake and play a dozen tapes. The rare, unearthed 10cc tapes were joy enough, but our anticipation for this one was intense! Labelled on the box as simply ‘Paul McCartney effects’ tape, we already knew this must have been his creative preparation for some of the more unusual moments on his brother Mike’s (and a proto-Wings') excellent album ‘McGear’ in 1974, recorded simultaneously with 10cc’s masterpiece, ‘Sheet Music’.
 
What we got though was more than that. But we won’t spoil the surprise!
 
You’ll hear most of our random musings and mutterings here, as we go on our little ‘voyage of discovery’ to try to understand the weird and sometimes wonderful fragments on this extraordinary tape.  I’m sure you’ll reach your own (correct) conclusions way before we did!
 
You can hear most of the audio from this (and our other 10cc discoveries) in superb 24-bit, 48k quality by becoming a subscriber to our podcast via the link below.  Thanks everyone.
 
 
 
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 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 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 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!
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