Eric Stewart - vocals, guitars, keyboards; Graham Gouldman - vocals, bass, guitars; Tony O'Malley - keyboards, vocals; Ric Fenn - guitar, bass, vocals; Paul Burgess - drums, percussion, electric piano, vocals; Stuart Tosh - drums, percussion, vocals
By the time 10cc had recorded this concert for the King Biscuit Flower Hour in June of 1977, the original band had splintered and a new version had emerged. After 1976's How Dare You, the original lineup of Eric Stewart, Graham Gouldman, Kevin Godley and Lol Crème essentially splintered into two acts. Stewart and Gouldman remained as 10cc with a new six-piece lineup featured here on this show and Crème and Godley formed a video production team, eventually producing many of the innovative early MTV videos such as Herbie Hancock's "Rockit" as well as releasing albums as a duo.
Fortunately, 10cc was able to continue to have hits and endure for another six years with the second version showcased at this memorable performance from London's Hammersmith Odeon. Although they perform some of the bigger songs from the original lineup, the majority of this show features tracks from 1977's Deceptive Bends album, the first studio record made by the Stewart/Gouldman lineup.
One highlight is the catchy pop single, "The Things We Do For Love," which ended up being one of 10cc's biggest hits of all time. Portions of this performance also appear on the band's only live album, Live and Let LIVE, released in the fall of the same year. Other highlights of this performance include the tongue-in-cheek ode to airline stewardesses, "I'm Mandy, Fly Me," the comical "Good Morning Judge," and the always rockin' "Wall Street Shuffle," with its Beach Boy-esque harmonies.
This version of 10cc would stay together until 1983, when, after the disappointing sales of their two last albums, they disbanded. Stewart went on to write songs with Paul McCartney for his Press album, and Gouldman went on to produce acts such as The Ramones before forming a duo with Andrew Gold, called WAX.