June 24, 2019
At last then, we've finally got on with 'IT'.
Paul and Sean grapple with the challenging but brilliant, world-saving piano concerto that closes this remarkable album. They attempt to unravel some of the musical themes and keys used, discuss the incredible musicianship (particularly of Lol Creme's piano work) as well as shoe-horning the piece into 17 distinct movements. This podcast is the longest so far, but perhaps it has to be?
Watch out next week for the first of our ventures into the more mainstream world of 10cc, where we take a close look at the band's 1973 debut album.
We would dearly love you to review or rate our 11-week meanderings on this fine record, either via Podbean or iTunes, and we sincerely hope you've enjoyed listening anything like as much as we've enjoyed recording them!
June 17, 2019
Paul and Sean will miss Blint and his chums, as they come to this last part of their one hour and six minutes of pandemonium. We hear some wonderful clips of dialogue, including Veronica Hague's dead body being used as a draught excluder, the Jewish, war and death connections, and our characters jumping down the hole. We discuss the Chemical Brothers' use of artwork for their new album, and Blint (and Peter Cook) enjoying his role of World Saviour just a little too much.
Our intrepid 'casters cast light on the wonderful tracks Sailor and Mobilization, and Paul finds a ridiculously obscure early incarnation of Please Please Please, in the form of a proto-10cc B-side for their 1972 single for Manchester City. Yes, honest!
Stay tuned next week for our discussion on the album's final side, as we turn 'part-time musicologist' to try to unravel the mysteries of Blint's Tune...
June 10, 2019
Paul and Sean are relishing the fact that Peter Cook's brilliant voice characterisations are now cooking on gas! They get stuck into Stapleton's cat and the twigs, Blint's back story, his strange references to Duke of Earl and At the Hop, as well as his strange analysis of his fellow characters' individual 'keys'; why are the Stapletons so mis-matched as a married couple? Sean also finally gets his head around the whole thing with the pyramids. Probably.
We hear some quirky but brilliant music from Godley and Creme, including Rosie, Office Chase and Cool Cool Cool in the Morning, surely the only pop song ever written from the point of view of a dead goldfish. We unearth some beautiful influences too.
So long, and thanks for all the fish food!
June 3, 2019
Paul and Sean finally get their teeth into Peter Cook's Mr Blint and his quarrelsome pals. The point perhaps where Consequences' becomes its most Marmite-y. But this pair absolutely love Cook's play, so there!
Sean attempts to shed some dubious light on some of the dodgy Greek philosophy behind the five characters' personalities... and gets his Aristotles, Pythagorasuses and Hippocrateses mixed up. Oops.
They take a very detailed look into the four 'proper' songs on side 3: 5 O'Clock in the Morning, When Things Go Wrong, 'Mine, Yours, Ours' and the marvellous Lost Weekend, featuring Kevin Godley duetting with Sarah Vaughan. 'Nuff said. They also attempt to crack the mystery behind that lovely chord that's played at key points throughout the whole ('AAAA!') album...
This episode's long, but the chaps felt side 3 needed and deserved it.
May 27, 2019
Paul and Sean delve further into the minute details of genius in this, the second part of the album's instrumental overture. Godley and Creme's 4-month second-helping of Gizmotron, vocal and studio magic, developing the theme of the four elements: earth, air, fire and water.
Sean comes clean about omitting Sleeping Earth, Honolulu Lulu and Lost Weekend from his first ever C90 tape of the album. Yep, criminal. You'll hear some incredible music clips from Kev and Lol, plus some interesting 'deep background' from the likes of South Pacific, Oh What a Lovely War, The Elements Suite from The Beach Boys' legendary Smile album, and even a Jan and Dean tune thrown in for good measure!
May 20, 2019
Paul and Sean spring into overdrive for their first in-depth analysis of this great record, track by track.
With lots of stunning audio clips, this is a loving and awe-struck appreciation of the musical and recording genius of Lol, Kev and engineer Martin Lawrence. Their six-month labour of love resulted in a spell-binding instrumental overture for their epic tale of mankind's imminent demise at the hands of the angry elements of water, air, fire and earth.
We really hope we've done it justice.
May 13, 2019
In this episode, Paul shows off his impressive research skills, stitching together the story of this fateful year, with How Dare You, Gizmo experiments, the last gig at Knebworth, Paul McCartney's Buddy Holly party, *that* session around the piano hearing The Things We Do For Love and People in Love for the first time, the 'Voodoo Boogie' demo, and the grizzly details of Eric's sacking, Kev and Lol's permanent departure and Graham's imminent return to the fold.
Sean sits on in awe, and gets slapped down by Paul for too many controversial comments...
Stand by next week for the first of our (vinyl) side-by-side analyses of the whole Consequences album.
May 6, 2019
Musicians Paul McNulty and Sean Macreavy chomp at the bit, attempting to describe Lol Creme's, Kevin Godley's and Martin Lawrence's studio brilliance on the Consequences album. We look at their ground-breaking use of innovative recording techniques and effects, as well as their grossly underrated musicianship. We even have a makeshift go at emulating their tour de force 'Stampede'...
Some incredible musical snippets in this episode... and stand by next week for a painstaking timeline of 10cc in 1976, the fateful year of the split.
April 29, 2019
Musicians, part-time electricians and ludicrously bad architectural theorists Paul McNulty and Sean Macreavy grapple with the mind-boggling theory behind Consequences' central themes, and Peter Cook's dazzling concoction of Mr Blint's theory of how to save the planet from certain destruction by the rampaging elements. Have we lost you yet? To Sean's shame, this is his favourite episode so far, if only because it gave us the chance to have some fun playing with Blint's hole. Sorry, whole. AAAA!
We struggle to shed light on the link between the numbers 4 and 17, and don't even pretend to have any answers to the conundrum of pyramids and E-flats.
Next week, the intrepid 'casters look at Godley, Creme and Martin Lawrence's incredible achievements with studio trickery, but in the meantime, lead me in with a count of 17, Mr Stapleton, then wave your baton!
April 22, 2019
Musicians Paul McNulty and Sean Macreavy chew the fat about the central character of 'Consequences'. Nope, not Mr Blint, but the ingenious Gizmo(tron). A guitar-playing device invented by Godley and Creme, capable of spellbindingly beautiful and versatile sounds. The record was originally conceived as a 3-minute instrumental demo for the Gizmo, before it spiralled so wonderfully out of control!
Paul and Sean argue fruitlessly over where we first heard this contraption, but we do hear some stunning musical snippets from 10cc and Consequences that demonstrate just what a fabulous musical invention this was. They go on to talk about Kev and Lol's stellar work with visual art (with the amazing album art and other projects), as well as dipping their toes into what became arguably the duo's most successful phase: their ground-breaking music promo videos.
A sprawling episode, then, but hopefully enough to prompt some debate and some re-evaluation of Godley and Creme's huge artistic achievements. Stay tuned next week, where the 'casters attempt to throw some light on *IT*!