Oh no! I suddenly have a yearning to track down and hear "Consequences" by Godley and Creme!

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Is this where madness lies? It's supposed to be a prog nightmare! But I don't know any prog! And neither do you, THEATRE!

Ahem.

Advice? Advise?

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 12 May 2004 09:20 (seventeen years ago) link

There used to be a copy of the 3 LP boxed set lurking in Kellys Records in Cardiff market, it's probably still there if you want it that much. I remember an Uncut or Mojo article on it a few years back which said it was classic and mad, with a lot of Peter Cook on it for some reason. Whatever happened to the 'gizmo'?

Rob M (Rob M), Wednesday, 12 May 2004 09:23 (seventeen years ago) link

Punk and the sampler did for the gizmo.

Curiously enough, I currently have a yearning to write something about Consequences on my blog (I promised Lester yonks ago that I would do this). Definitely requires re-evaluation/resuscitation.

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 12 May 2004 09:25 (seventeen years ago) link

(Incredibly oversimplified question, no doubt:) Is it good, Marcello?

Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Wednesday, 12 May 2004 10:17 (seventeen years ago) link

dunno, haven't listened to it since about 1978. i'll let you know.

(a critic is nothing if not honest)

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 12 May 2004 10:23 (seventeen years ago) link

i thought it was pretty hot stuff at the time, but at the time i was 13.

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 12 May 2004 10:23 (seventeen years ago) link

I remember them doing "5 o'Clock in the morning" on top of the pops. (Suddenly, it was then not a hit). No gizmos, no peter cook, just Lol singing while Godley played pianner.

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 12 May 2004 10:27 (seventeen years ago) link

Right, this is now on order. Shall update when I have heared it.

eregards!

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 12 May 2004 14:25 (seventeen years ago) link

There's some good moments on it, but be warned that a lot of it (I think at least one full side) is a spoken word comedy record.

jjj, Wednesday, 12 May 2004 18:15 (seventeen years ago) link

awful, often compelling, and sometimes pretty rough going. like a snuff film.

stockholm cindy (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 12 May 2004 18:19 (seventeen years ago) link

Consequences is all over slsk and there is a vinyl copy at Noise Noise Noise in Costa Mesa if you feel like spending $30 on it. This site has a pretty good description of it.

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Wednesday, 12 May 2004 18:20 (seventeen years ago) link

Anything with Peter Cook on it has to be at least partial genius.

noodle vague (noodle vague), Wednesday, 12 May 2004 18:22 (seventeen years ago) link

i'd love it if someone sampled minute 4 of "seascape."

stockholm cindy (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 12 May 2004 18:23 (seventeen years ago) link

Right, its a comedy album with peter cook. great

Anyhow, I found a cheapie "box nackerd, lps alright" copy for $15. So, bring it (round) mr Gemm!

mark grout (mark grout), Thursday, 13 May 2004 06:58 (seventeen years ago) link

Is it good?

No it's not. The first record is quite entertaining in a stereo test record/sound effects LP kind of way, but that's about as far as it goes. I was (& still am) a big 10cc fan, but this was always one in-joke too far. Peter Cook sounds uncomfortable & embarassed at being associated with it; I dunno if that's actually how he felt, but three months later he was hosting revolver, a punk rock music show on ITV. The accompanying booklet regarding the making of the record (detailing how much it had gone over budget, amongst many other "hilarious" asides)
Punk really was all about ridding the world of this drivel.

harveyw (harveyw), Thursday, 13 May 2004 07:27 (seventeen years ago) link

(what I meant to say was...)

The accompanying booklet regarding the making of the record (detailing how much it had gone over budget, amongst many other "hilarious" asides) is way more entertaining than the music itself.

harveyw (harveyw), Thursday, 13 May 2004 07:28 (seventeen years ago) link

ps: Gizmo rendered obsolete by e-bow

harveyw (harveyw), Thursday, 13 May 2004 11:13 (seventeen years ago) link

last night i dug out my ancient vinyl box set copy and gave it a listen for the first time in 16 or so years.

extraordinary record in many ways, but i've changed my mind re. writing about it on blog. did this come before hitch hiker's guide to the galaxy? if so, one has clearly ripped its ending off from the other, but i'm not sure which.

Marcello Carlin, Thursday, 13 May 2004 11:38 (seventeen years ago) link

>did this come before hitch hiker's guide to the galaxy?

Yes, Consequences was 76-77, Hitch-hiker's was ...what...79-81?

harveyw (harveyw), Thursday, 13 May 2004 11:47 (seventeen years ago) link

1978

zebedee (zebedee), Thursday, 13 May 2004 11:54 (seventeen years ago) link

one month passes...
Right! A month later, I've played it what twice fully, and so lets recount.

The first album is a "suite" effecting the elements rising up and smiting everywhere. It also means to demonstrate how the gizmo can be an orchestra. So, its neither one thing or the other. In the middle this piece of the elements goes into a "honalulu" thing. Smile? Brian Wilson? Hmmmmm. Side two ends with a short 'rock' piece and a cheering audience. The announcer "we can beat this if we join together" but ends suddenly as if this was his last words..

The next three sides is a musical play, mostly written and performed by Peter Cook, of two lawyers (one eric hall jewish type, one Harold MacMillan crossed with old soak), debating a divorce with the two people (Norman Clegg type and Spanish 'escort' type) and a musician (E.L. Wisty type). It is actually funny, and the songs fit in quite well.

The final side is a piano/orchestra piece which is meant to calm the elements and save the world. Whether it saved the characters in the previous three sides is not related, but the piece seems to fizzle out after a few stunning moments, and should really have lasted 17 minutes (which is the significant number as opposed to 42) rather than 14. Birds tweet at the end. The earth is reborn I guess.

Anyhow, I did enjoy this odd thing, but god! how much was this in the shops? And how much were normal albums? Its a big undertaking, and they obviously put a lot of time and effort into it, but it still seems half finished. So, the Peter Cook parts and a couple of the songs (Five o'clock, one other?) are the best realised.

Classic/Dud? Um, dud. All things considered.

They were next seen, some two years later or so, with "Under your thumb" which was straightforward and not over-adorned, and all the better for it.

mark grout (mark grout), Friday, 18 June 2004 13:34 (seventeen years ago) link


More On Consequences Here

Kevin Holton, Friday, 18 June 2004 13:55 (seventeen years ago) link

Ah, right, did not see that one before. I agree with nearly all that, except the Peter Cook stuff I think manages to be quite humane about all the characters' finally coming together to survive the final onslaught, prepared to do anything and everything necessary (the jewish lawyer being prepared to take responsibility for all the world's ills and evils, personally, is quite a touch)...

mark grout (mark grout), Friday, 18 June 2004 14:01 (seventeen years ago) link

three years pass...

wheeeeeew.

i probably have to hear this. but it can wait.

grimly fiendish, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:13 (fourteen years ago) link

it takes a long time.

Mark G, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:22 (fourteen years ago) link

four months pass...

Mainly a comedy record. There is a "Music From Consequences" CD out there containing all you need, really.

Geir Hongro, Monday, 29 October 2007 10:52 (thirteen years ago) link

Well, if it cuts Peter Cook out, how is that a good thing?

Mark G, Monday, 29 October 2007 10:55 (thirteen years ago) link

Because Godley & Creme themselves have written some brilliant music even though this album is not among their best.

Geir Hongro, Monday, 29 October 2007 10:56 (thirteen years ago) link

missing the point tho...

If it hadn't been for P.Cook, this album would be totally wretched. His bits put the other musical bits into perspective, make them bearable almost.

Mark G, Monday, 29 October 2007 10:58 (thirteen years ago) link

haven't heard any of it yet :)

grimly fiendish, Monday, 29 October 2007 17:59 (thirteen years ago) link

and the only thing i've heard of it seems to be "lost weekend". ('tis on the mages comp.)

t**t, Monday, 29 October 2007 23:44 (thirteen years ago) link

(images, even)

t**t, Tuesday, 30 October 2007 00:52 (thirteen years ago) link

eleven months pass...

This is a fascinating interview with Kevin Godley about Consequences from the late 1990's:

http://www.othermachines.org/blint/kev.shtml

Kevin Godley's interview for Uncut Magazine
15th December 1997

Thanks to Kit Aiken for providing me with the unedited text of this interview which appeared in the March 1988 issue.

You'd left an internationally successful band. Were you aware of commercial and artistic pressure to really pull something extraordinary out of the bag with Consequences?

Kevin Godley KEV: I think it was in the back of our minds, but we actually left the band because we didn't have any choice. We'd reached a certain crossroads with 10cc and already spent three weeks on the genesis of what turned out to be Consequences, which was a demonstration record for the gizmo creation. The stuff that we were coming up with didn't have any home, we couldn't import it into 10cc. And we were kind of constrained by 10cc live, the consequences of leaving, shall we say, were never uppermost in our minds. We felt like creative people who should give ourselves the opportunity to be as creative as possible and leaving seemed to be the right thing to do at that moment. Unfortunately, the band wasn't democratic or smart enough at that time to allow us the freedom to go ahead and do this project and we were placed in the unfortunate position of having to leave to do it. Looking back, it was a very northern work ethic being applied to the group, all for one and one for all. If we'd been a little more free in our thinking with regard to our work practices, the band as a corporate and creative entity could have realised that it could have been useful rather than detrimental for two members to spend some time developing and then bring whatever they'd learned back to the corporate party. Unfortunately, that wasn't to be and I think that would have been a better thing to do, looking back.

Isn't that like saying to your wife, me having this affair for a year will do us both good because I'll return to the marriage refreshed?

KEV: That's actually what happened, but I don't think a working or creative relationship should work like that. Our contemporaries were people like Roxy Music who allowed that to happen and they gained from that. They all realised that Roxy Music was their biggest asset but there are members of Roxy Music, it's not just a [logger?]. And the people need different things. And we needed to do that. Had we been allowed to get it out of our system and come back home, who knows what would have happened. It's so long ago.

How do you remember it developing into the gargantuan project it became?

KEV: I remember it as heaven to make and hell to release. In all probability it disappeared up it's own, very stoned, arse. When we actually got down to the nuts and bolts of making it, the balloon had burst. There were so many ideas waiting to come out, they came out indiscriminately. The demo of the gizmo had a focus to it but it became this overblown monster that became too much, too late. I hate to sound so negative but it's hard not to be when 'Consequences' was such an artistic and commercial failure. I think there was possibly 20% that, in my terms, was successful and 80% padding. I no longer think that the dialogue/play section was any good. You have to understand, this is the work of two very stoned people who's eyes were on the details, not on the big picture, and trying to create something from a mass of details, hoping that the whole would be worth more than the sum of its parts. But I'm not convinced that it was, frankly. I think there's some sparkling bits and pieces in it, I think side one works extremely well, there's some inklings of some good tunes, one good song. But a lot of it was tripe.

I love it.

KEV: Really? You don't think it's a pile of shite? You don't think the Peter Cook stuff is a pile of shite?

I absolutely don't...

KEV:You don't think songs like 'Please' are a pile of shite?

I'm not saying there's not padding in it...

KEV: There was a lot of padding in it. You see, once it had gone so far down the road, commercially there was pressure to turn this mush we were making into something. And it became this boxed set that they decided to release for twelve Pounds, which was totally outrageous, ludicrous. That was partially the reason for its downfall. It was experimental work in progress and they turned it into an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.

They probably felt obliged to, as it had cost so much.

KEV: I know, that was the horrible thing about it and I feel rather embarrassed about that, now.

'Cool Cool Cool' is an amazing vocal arrangement.

KEV: Yeah, but it's not...So what? Do you know what I mean? I think what happened, quite frankly, was there was a lack of focus in our intent and lot of the stuff that worked really well, in a sense, we were trying to be somebody else. 'Lost Weekend', although a good song, we were trying to be George Gershwin. In other words, by desire or by intention, or by loss of consciousness, or whatever, we kind of reverted to some kind of strange roots. When most bands start, they want to be somebody else, they copy and then eventually they find themselves.

But pastiche was always a strong aspect of what you did in the band...

KEV: It was, it was. But I think when 10cc was at its strongest, it wasn't thinking about it too much, or spending too much time, but just going in and doing it. The first and second albums I think are the strongest 10cc albums. They are the ones that created their own characteristics and their own style. Once we had that amount of time, we could fuck around forever, we could spend three days getting a guitar to sound like a clarinet. So what? Why? Do you know what I mean. It was the work of two very stoned people.

Smoking a lot of dope?

KEV: A hell of a lot of dope.

Presumably, this rather jaundiced view that you have now is not how you felt at the time.

KEV: Not at all, we thought we were creating a meisterwork, I'm sure we did. There were interesting moments like when our management team came into listen to side one of the album and they said 'Wow, magnificent, fantastic'. Then they went into the studio to discuss it and as luck would have it, one of the mikes was open and we could hear what they were saying. And one said to the other, 'What the fuck was that all about?'. (Laughs) So, you know, everyone was coming and making the right noises, nobody was coming to us and saying 'This is garbage, you're out of your mind'.

But would it have made any difference if they had?

KEV: Probably not, and I don't regret it for a minute, let's get things straight, on the record. I'm running it down, somewhat, but this is in calm, cool retrospect, 21 years later. And partially in reaction to the reaction that the record got itself.

I wonder whether you would feel so badly about it if it had been well received, say four years earlier in the year of Tubular Bells.

KEV: It would probably have been a different record, quite frankly. But I think part of the problem was we were in this womb-like situation for fourteen months and we'd lost touch with reality. We were creating our own version of reality and spewing it onto tape from our own minds, and there was a whole revolution going on out there.

But surely the whole business of artistic expression is about indulgence, digging in as far as you can, and never mind what's going on in the rest of the world.

KEV: I think you're right, I think so. Partially. But it depends. I think some of the best art is about what's going on in the world, rather than just what's going on in your head. I think that pop music, rock music, particularly the best of that, is about a connection of both aspects. And the worst of it is not. The worst of it is drivel that comes out of people's heads.

Well, there are some of us who think differently of Consequences. Did you know there was a website?

KEV: Yeah, there's not much on it except some gibberish about the characters. It's very difficult. Whatever artist you speak to about any aspect of their work, it's difficult to be objective about it. It's such a subjective experience, with all the attendant baggage. So your opinion of it as a work just to listen to is obviously different to my opinion of the work that I made or helped to make. I can see glaring errors.

But just as a two hour listen, if you've got time in your life...

KEV: I should listen to it again, shouldn't I? (Laughs)

I think so, I think you'd be pretty tickled. You say that in your stoned concentration, it was the detail that got the attention, but it's the detail that makes it absolutely magical.

KEV: Yeah. Some interesting sonic moments, for sure.

What are your memories of working with Peter Cook?

KEV: Our sync was always bad. He was always ready to boogie at eight o'clock in the morning, was freshly bathed and showered. And we were dead to the world until lunchtime. And there was maybe an hour or two where our thoughts would coincide, roundabout between eleven and one, then poor old Peter would rapidly go downhill with the odd bottle. And we would be rolling up spliffs. Erm, so the amount of quality work was like, minutes. I think it was because there was no..., this is the way I recall it, Lol might have said something completely different...

He's contradicted you all the way along the line, actually...

KEV: Oh, he thinks it's amazing and ...?

No, he hasn't said that because he hasn't listened to it for twenty years, but he's got nothing but positive memories. Carry on, that's got nothing to do with it.

KEV: These are memories of the aftermath, not memories of the making of it, memories of the result. It was interesting working with somebody like Peter Cook, because he could just come up with something. We were jamming with dialogue the way people jam with music. We'd start the day with a subject matter, an idea we'd discussed the day before. We'd write some stuff, then he'd go in, come up with an idea and record all the voices himself, all the characters. Then he would maybe collapse for the rest of the day and we would do our thing on top of that, which was musical response to his dialogue. And then perhaps the next day, he would do a dialogue response to whatever music response we'd done the day before.

This sounds wonderful. How many records do you know that take the trouble to do that?

KEV: I can't think of any. But you're talking about the process of making the record, the experimental side. You see, there are two sides to every experiment; there's the excitement in the experiment itself and there's the result of the experiment (laughs)... Now, when we were making it, and probably even now, the result wasn't really the point, it was two people allowed to spend fourteen months in a womb of darkness and sound, bringing their wildest dreams to bear. And I suppose that was the excitement, that was the thrill. But whether we came up with something worthwhile, I'm not convinced that we did.

What were your feelings when it became clear that the industry were going to be puzzled, the media generally hostile and the public indifferent?

KEV: I suppose my initial feelings were, shit, we waited too long to do it. It's not necessarily a bad piece of art, it's just not timely. I suppose when you think of it, art has it's value for the moment. You mentioned Tubular Bells and other albums with the word concept wrapped around them, had we had the freedom to do it earlier and had done it earlier, maybe it would have had some real value, but the timing was so wrong and it became a symbol, to me at any rate, of the complete opposite of where everything was moving towards. And I found that rather disheartening and rather embarrassing and rather career-crushing. And erm, a nasty stain, if you like. All rather sad, after all the work. And even releasing it. We didn't do it to release it, we did it because we had to do it. It was because it had to become a commercial product, it had to go through that trauma, and we had to accompany it through that trauma. Probably the whole thing got out of hand, from its initial experimental nature, growing to a double, a triple album. there were never any breaks or, what's the word, selectivity applied to it. And I think it would probably have benefited by that. Or if there was, I forget them, we probably ignored them.

Did you ever listen to it again?

KEV: I've probably heard bits of it, actually. I occasionally dipped into the first album and side six. You know, maybe 'Lost Weekend' and things.

You didn't put yourself through Peter Cook thing, then?

KEV: I couldn't.

Is that because you had been told, unequivocally, that it was a pile of shite, or did you feel it in your bones?

KEV:I think I was beginning to feel it in my bones. Probably towards the end. Not that it was a pile of shite, but some vague disquiet.

That's interesting, because Lol wouldn't admit to a moment of doubt.

KEV: Oh, really? I probably never said anything. And even if I had, one wouldn't have known what to do about it. There were moments of disquiet in that, What the hell is this that we've done? I think it was the necessary encroachment of the selling of this thing. How do we package it, how do we market it, what is it? How do we make it accessible? Which was kind of out of our hands. We were just two guys who'd gone in and fucked about for fourteen months to create this angel or monster. It was now up to other people to decide what to do with it. It was then that it became a bit frightening. (laughs) 'Consequences' could have been an interesting album and indeed, there were some interesting moments on it, and the original intent, I think, was noble. But it just got out of hand, both in our contributions to it and the way it was sold.

Godley and Creme called it a day in 1989. What was that about?

KEV: Our tastes didn't converge as much as they used to. They converged very well for a very long time, but our tastes were changing. I'd started to do a little video work on my own, which was awkward. Didn't go down particularly well. Partially, we felt bound together for life, we were two halves of the same brain for so long and that became a similar bind to me as 10cc. Suddenly there were ideas I wanted to do that I had to ask somebody's permission for. That was becoming a pain. Again, I did some things on my own that I enjoyed doing on my own and I felt, why can't I do this? And again, it was proving impossible to do so. Again, the feeling was we're getting to the end of the line. There wasn't much life left in the old dog. And we were no longer two halves of the same brain, we were two separate brains. We couldn't live in the same body anymore...

Final thoughts on 'Consequences'?

KEV: To me, it was like folly, Victorian folly. I do think some of it's shit, drivel and a lot of bollocks. But I'm speaking in hindsight and as part of the team that made it and probably if I listened to it again, I'd find glimmerings of real sparkling genius. But, as I say, the first record, a couple of songs, the last side I remember with a certain fondness. The rest is just a load of drivel.

Do you care whether it comes out on CD?

KEV: I think it would be interesting to see how people reacted to it today.

Why do you care what people think?

KEV: What's the point in releasing it if you don't want people to react to it? Art shouldn't be hung in galleries, listened to or shown on a screen if the artist does it for himself. It's there for other people to enjoy and appreciate, as well as the artist. Especially when that amount of money's gone into it that wasn't your own. It was a record, whether one likes it or not, it became a commercial enterprise, one would have liked some commercial recognition for it. We never thought about that when we were doing it. There was that inevitability at the end of the tunnel, but we didn't give a shit, we were too stoned, we were enjoying ourselves too much. I'm sorry to sound so jaded about it, but we hung a left and went too far down the wrong road.

Well, there is some greatness there, believe me.

KEV: Oh, well I'm glad you think so.

Maybe if we can get it out on CD, you'll give it another listen...

KEV: And I might just get that horrible sinking feeling. And I might not be able to listen unless I'm alone in a darkened studio with it blasting out at megawatts...

Naive Teen Idol, Sunday, 19 October 2008 13:40 (thirteen years ago) link

That interview and a download of "Cool, Cool, Coole" just prompted me to buy this thing used from Amazon for $25.

If nothing else, it strikes me as fully-realized ambition, for better or for worse. We always hear about these legendary records that were "supposed" to have over-the-top concepts and be 3 LP's long. This one actually was.

Naive Teen Idol, Sunday, 19 October 2008 14:34 (thirteen years ago) link

last night i dug out my ancient vinyl box set copy and gave it a listen for the first time in 16 or so years.

extraordinary record in many ways, but i've changed my mind re. writing about it on blog. did this come before hitch hiker's guide to the galaxy? if so, one has clearly ripped its ending off from the other, but i'm not sure which.

Also, Marcello -- why did you decide not to write this up?

Naive Teen Idol, Sunday, 19 October 2008 15:47 (thirteen years ago) link

As I eagerly await shipment of this, I am enjoying "Wide Boy" quite a bit -- sax by Roxy-man Andy Mackay and the first vid of Kev and Lol, I believe:

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 22 October 2008 02:19 (twelve years ago) link

Thanks for that interview! (1997 or 1988?)

Mark G, Wednesday, 22 October 2008 07:31 (twelve years ago) link

I suppose it had to be 1997 as they apparently split in 1989, who knew?

Mark G, Wednesday, 22 October 2008 07:32 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah, Kit Aiken did a "Classic Albums Revisited" piece for Uncut in 1997 that is archived on Rock's Back Pages that featured this interview and a separate one with Lol Creme in a companion piece. It's all really good. Lol's a little less down on the whole Consequences endeavor that Kev, it seems.

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 22 October 2008 11:40 (twelve years ago) link

ps: Gizmo rendered obsolete by e-bow

Actually, no. Firstly, the EBow predates it by at least five years. Secondly, the EBow can only resonate one string at a time.
What really did for the Gizmotron was (a) its mechanical unreliability; (b) the general indifference of guitarists to the very concept. The opportunity to use the instrument as an ersatz string section evidently didn't appeal to many in 1978.

Former Golden Boy, Wednesday, 22 October 2008 19:00 (twelve years ago) link

Probably mentioned above, but you can get all the Godley & Creme stuff as two-fer CDs now.

Joe Petagno's Imagination Station! (Mackro Mackro), Wednesday, 22 October 2008 20:28 (twelve years ago) link

Well, actually, not entirely. "Consequences" is only available in its "Music From Consequences" version. Which is probably better anyway, unless you find the bizarre comedy story very interesting.

Geir Hongro, Wednesday, 22 October 2008 20:48 (twelve years ago) link

fascinating interview; thank you for sharing. i've not heard any of this album, still! one day ...

i fire doughnuts from a hooter to paralyse my enemies (grimly fiendish), Wednesday, 22 October 2008 22:31 (twelve years ago) link

Punk and the sampler did for the gizmo.

But Throbbing Gristle used one!

Ich Ber ein Binliner (Tom D.), Thursday, 23 October 2008 17:49 (twelve years ago) link

unless you find the bizarre comedy story very interesting.

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I do, actually.

Mark G, Thursday, 23 October 2008 19:34 (twelve years ago) link

..

Mark G, Friday, 24 October 2008 06:54 (twelve years ago) link

I'm dying for my copy to arrive.

Naive Teen Idol, Friday, 24 October 2008 13:58 (twelve years ago) link

Also, Marcello -- why did you decide not to write this up?

No idea/can't remember - I said that four years ago, Matthew!

I ought to write something about this really. But don't hold your breath in anticipation.

Eric in the East Neuk of Anglia (Marcello Carlin), Friday, 24 October 2008 14:30 (twelve years ago) link

Lots of writing I didn't get around to actually writing at that time, for various life-related reasons.

Eric in the East Neuk of Anglia (Marcello Carlin), Friday, 24 October 2008 14:30 (twelve years ago) link

I had to admit it, but I don't actually mind the abbreviated 'Music from "Consequences"' take. . .

'L' is the best. So sophisticatedly odd, so unexpected at every turn.

Soundslike, Friday, 24 October 2008 14:32 (twelve years ago) link

I was just listening to L last night -- I agree, it's very good. They may have been stoned to the gills for these early records and it might have meant utter confusion for the labels and radio, but you have to hand it to them -- G&C took their opportunity and ran with it.

Naive Teen Idol, Saturday, 25 October 2008 15:57 (twelve years ago) link

...and it's a good thing I like L -- as this Amazon seller sent me L/Freeze Frame instead of Consequences. :-(

Naive Teen Idol, Saturday, 25 October 2008 22:14 (twelve years ago) link

"The worst job I ever 'ad . . . "

If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Sunday, 26 October 2008 01:20 (twelve years ago) link

"L" and "Freeze Frame" are the two Godley & Creme albums to check out, really. "Consequences" is too weird while their 80s output is too ordinary.

I consider "Englishman In New York" to be their best post-10cc moment. Sounds almost like something that could have been in the classic 74-76 10cc albums.

Geir Hongro, Sunday, 26 October 2008 12:42 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah -- I'm not proposing I send this CD back to them just yet...I like these records a lot. I just suddenly have a yearning to track down and hear Consequences.

Naive Teen Idol, Sunday, 26 October 2008 23:33 (twelve years ago) link

I consider "Englishman In New York" to be their best post-10cc moment. Sounds almost like something that could have been in the classic 74-76 10cc albums

i've just discovered the video for this (plus associated musikladen appearance) and i think it's broken my mind. what a fucking awesome, awesome band.

remorseful prober (grimly fiendish), Monday, 3 November 2008 00:30 (twelve years ago) link

three weeks pass...

So: in the past three weeks I've got hold of L and Freeze Frame, and the latter has blown my little mind. Music this clever should not be this affecting. There's something almost bathetic about -- say -- Get Well Soon, but ... I dunno, it gets me straight in the heart.

I can't say so much about L because I've been so busy listening to Freeze Frame :)

grimly fiendish, Saturday, 29 November 2008 18:26 (twelve years ago) link

"An Englishman in New York" is fantastic, as is the other odd track on their first three solo albums. But other parts are a bit too weird for their own good. :)

Geir Hongro, Sunday, 30 November 2008 00:32 (twelve years ago) link

three months pass...

SOULWAX put a blast of "An Englishman in New York" in their recent Radio 1 mix.

piscesx, Sunday, 8 March 2009 05:13 (twelve years ago) link

two months pass...

If anyone hasn't seen the link on the 10cc thread, this is an absolutely fucking amazing 10cc documentary -- not sure how much longer it'll be up on iPlayer, so get it now now NOW:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00kn4q5/The_Record_Producers_10cc_6_Music_Producers_Cut/

There's a surprisingly long segment on G&C's later work, which makes me *desperate* to hear Consequences now.

a tiny, faltering megaphone (grimly fiendish), Wednesday, 13 May 2009 17:01 (twelve years ago) link

this album is great, as is the song selections album "music from consequences". the 3LP definitely pays to not be in mixed company when listening though. it sorta takes everyone being on board with the idea. great packaging too. funny the label thought it could be like the next tubular bells when it is so much more a commitment. if that were the age of the reality tv show, the making of consequences with godley and creme stoned out of their mind locked in a huge studio making this would be hilarious.

matinee, Wednesday, 13 May 2009 17:12 (twelve years ago) link

one month passes...

just bought this on ebay for 99 pence and can't wait to get my ears around it..

just listening to freeze frame, and "I pity inanimate objects" is one of most amazing things i've ever heard..

Jack Battery-Pack, Tuesday, 7 July 2009 19:55 (twelve years ago) link

I know. I love that album to pieces.

I *still* haven't heard Consequences. (And this amusing new "three years pass" thing is just making it worse.) Right, I'm getting myself to XTorrent *now*.

a tiny, faltering megaphone (grimly fiendish), Thursday, 9 July 2009 10:26 (twelve years ago) link

ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
when things go wrong they reeeeaally go wrong
and they rarely go right
for meee

matinee, Friday, 10 July 2009 05:23 (twelve years ago) link

Right, so.

I've not finished it all yet -- I'm just back home, having got as far as Please, Please, Please during the course of two bus journeys and a session in the gym (boy, that was an unlikely soundtrack) -- but: this is absolutely fucking wonderful. Crazy, bug-eyed, dope-addled, fucked-up wonderful, but fucking hell, the ambition. The stonedness. The shockingly bad timing of releasing it in 1977.

I love this band.

a tiny, faltering megaphone (grimly fiendish), Friday, 10 July 2009 15:04 (twelve years ago) link

two years pass...

So, uh, Godley & Creme's History Mix: good? bad? worth getting from the local charity shop?

(is the UK LP version, since that wikipedia article says there were several different versions)

the ascent of nyan (a passing spacecadet), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 18:41 (ten years ago) link

Kind of a bummer "Wedding Bells" isn't on there.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 18:48 (ten years ago) link

Definitely worth picking up for cheap.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 22:21 (ten years ago) link

But it's not much of a "best of" - I had to cobble one together from a couple of others and still had to track down a single or two.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 22:22 (ten years ago) link

nine months pass...

Tonight I realized how sad I am that I never got Consequences in the mail.

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 11 July 2012 04:38 (nine years ago) link

Hooray! As might be somewhat appropriate given the subject at hand, I just discovered my mp3 copy somehow survived the Great Harddrive Crash of 2010.

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:04 (nine years ago) link

three years pass...

The 10cc doc got me checking this out again. So insane...

Naive Teen Idol, Sunday, 24 January 2016 04:25 (five years ago) link

The wonderful weirdness slowly drained away fro their work by the late 80s and then they disappeared. They were such studio rats, I'm surprised they didn't return in full force when studios moved into the home and became digital.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Sunday, 24 January 2016 07:45 (five years ago) link

I love how hilariously down on the whole thing Kevin Godley is in that 90s Uncut interview posted upthread

Once we had that amount of time, we could fuck around forever, we could spend three days getting a guitar to sound like a clarinet. So what? Why?

especially when contrasted with Lol Creme's cheery enthusiasm in his interview for the same feature: http://www.suppertime.co.uk/blint/lol.shtml

I have still never listened to the whole thing, I really like the truncated Music From Consequences album, but people have told me that contained literally all of the decent bits?

soref, Sunday, 24 January 2016 14:24 (five years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h28R5LhTRCw

soref, Sunday, 24 January 2016 14:26 (five years ago) link

two years pass...

Been crushing my mp3 copy of this the past few weeks. For a record reviled for its extra-musical ambitions, there are some outstanding tunes here. “Five o’clock In the Morning” is just a stunning fucking song (and employs the “I’m Not In Love” vocal trick for those interested).

Naive Teen Idol, Saturday, 3 November 2018 02:35 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

The announcer "we can beat this if we join together" but ends suddenly as if this was his last words..

I didn't know this was a direct lift from Woodstock until this morning, listening to the 3cd recent best of. (The one with no hendrix)

I quite liked it, Grateful Dead was a snooz but hey..

Mark G, Saturday, 30 May 2020 21:31 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

Fucking hell! I just heard "Under Your Thumb" on the radio today for the first time and I haven't heard anything that jumped out at me like that on a major radio show since forever ago.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 28 July 2021 21:32 (two months ago) link

I haven't heard Consequences, but I have been listening to their subsequent three albums. I like L, but didn't find Freeze Frame and Ismism very listenable behind the cleverness.
Their 10cc songs had such interesting melodies and textures that spoken-word/rapped lyrics over sequencers and drum-machine beats were never going to be the best way for them to display their talents. Also, Lol Creme eventually handed all the lead vocals to Godley, which made the records even more monotonous.

Halfway there but for you, Wednesday, 28 July 2021 21:49 (two months ago) link

I'm gonna go for Ismism first, on the strength of "Under Your Thumb", taking note that the earlier albums are supposed to be better.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 28 July 2021 21:56 (two months ago) link

That song and one or two others on Ismism have melodies, the rest are one-chord Talking Heads-like "grooves" with raps on top.

Halfway there but for you, Wednesday, 28 July 2021 22:00 (two months ago) link

Yeah, that single completely buried "Consequences" and the fall-out of after. Minimalistic, direct and to-the-point.

Big hit, in other words.

Mark G, Wednesday, 28 July 2021 22:01 (two months ago) link

Well, part of what jumped out at me was how busy and detailed it sounded

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 28 July 2021 22:05 (two months ago) link

That, as well.

Mark G, Thursday, 29 July 2021 08:53 (two months ago) link

It's a cracker. M.R. James meets Giorgio Moroder. It was a surprise hit, apparently, and they didn't have time to shoot a video for it, which is a shame. With such an atmospheric song to work from, they could have dreamed up some great visuals.

I Advance Masked (Vast Halo), Thursday, 29 July 2021 12:22 (two months ago) link

two months pass...

I got the deluxe edition of Consequences a while ago because it was the only thing I saw in Fopp and I mostly listen to the music-only version of the album. I absolutely love "Honolulu Lulu", makes me think of bits from Zappa's We're Only In It For The Money but more cinematic

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 8 October 2021 19:31 (one week ago) link

One of my favorites as well. The Rogers and Hammerstein is strong with that one.

Naive Teen Idol, Saturday, 9 October 2021 01:06 (one week ago) link

It's one of those tracks that makes me want to say "can we have a few albums like that, please?"

I've only seen The Sound Of Music (film), so I'm not that familiar with Rogers & Hammerstein, I will youtube them.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 9 October 2021 10:47 (one week ago) link

I think you will find that you are familiar with Rogers & Hammerstein, even if you don't think you are.

Starmer: "Let the children boogie, let all the children boogie." (Tom D.), Saturday, 9 October 2021 10:57 (one week ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81NROmUb7o0

Naive Teen Idol, Saturday, 9 October 2021 19:26 (one week ago) link

Thanks, that's really nice

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 9 October 2021 20:42 (one week ago) link


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