SRM-1-1061 How Dare You!
Produced by 10cc
Released on March 1976
UK CHART POSITION #5 . . . US CHART POSITION #47
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SRM-1-1061 cover  

H ow Dare You! might be a concept album about relationships, might be a pop album with artistic aspirations, an experimental album with pop sensibilities, etc. One thing’s for certain: it’s the last album from the original quartet, and thus the last album to feature the usual tug-of-war between Godley and Creme’s unpredictable artiness and the pop songwriting craft of Gouldman and Stewart. The album generated another pair of UK Top 10 hits - the ironically titled “Art for Art’s Sake” and “I’m Mandy Fly Me” -- and continued to confound American listeners. It’s not their most enduring work, but 10cc can produce good music even in an atmosphere of acrimonious auto-pilot. “Rock ‘n’ Roll Lullaby” is an adorable song about waking up Dad in the middle of the night, “Iceberg” and “Head Room” play with past musical idioms a la The Kinks, “I Wanna Rule the World” is interesting if a little demented. The trouble here is that the songs don’t pack a collective punch like Sheet Music; there are simply too many lulls in between all the good ideas (case in point: “Don’t Hang Up”), and either the momentum dissipates or the listener simply gets distracted. It’s obvious that a group with this much talent should have more to show for it than How Dare You! Lol and Kevin would continue to make music like this while experimenting with sonics on albums like L and Freeze Frame; Eric and Graham ironed out the weirdness (with wonderful results) on Deceptive Bends. 10cc was always an uneasy alliance of styles, but they left some good music behind them.

SRM-1-1061 inner gatefold SRM-1-1061 lyric sleeve
SRM-1-1061 inner gatefold SRM-1-1061 lyric sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. HOW DARE YOU    (Lol Creme/Kevin Godley)    4:14
  2. LAZY WAYS    (Lol Creme/Eric Stewart)    4:18
  3. I WANNA RULE THE WORLD    (Lol Creme/Kevin Godley/Graham Gouldman)    3:57
  4. I'M MANDY FLY ME    (Eric Stewart/Graham Gouldman/Lol Creme)    5:22
  5. ICEBERG    (Graham Gouldman/Kevin Godley)    3:43
  6. ART FOR ARTS SAKE    (Eric Stewart/Graham Gouldman)    5:59
  7. ROCK 'N' ROLL LULLABY    (Graham Gouldman/Eric Stewart)    3:59
  8. HEAD ROOM    (Kevin Godley/Lol Creme)    4:21
  9. DON'T HANG UP    (Kevin Godley/Lol Creme)    6:19
  10. *GET IT WHILE YOU CAN

CREDITS

LOL CREME -- piano, clavinet, moog, organ, backup vocals, lead guitar, lead vocal, rhythm guitars, 12 string, marracas, sleigh bells, tambourine, vibes, gizmo, electric guitars, recorder, electric piano
KEVIN GODLEY -- drums, backup vocals, lead vocal, congas, timpani, cow bell, bongos, triangle, marracas, temple blocks, cabasa, castanets, hand claps
GRAHAM GOULDMAN -- bass, backup vocals, lead vocal, acoustic guitars, rizo-rizo, tambourine, zithers, double bass, six-string bass, electric guitars, cow bell, dobro, slide steel guitar, glockenspiel, Spanish guitar, hand claps
ERIC STEWART -- lead vocal, lead guitar, backup vocals, six string bass, piano, steel guitar, whistle, Levi zip, electric piano, fuzz bass, pedal steel guitar, slide guitars, engineer, mixing
Mair Jones -- harp (9)
Hipgnosis -- sleeve design, photography
George Hardie -- sleeve design assistance, graphics
Howard Bartrop -- photography

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK March 1976 Mercury LP/CS 9102 501 gatefold cover, lyric sleeve
US March 1976 Mercury LP/CS/8T SRM-1-/MCR4-1-/MC8-1-1061 gatefold cover, lyric sleeve
JPN 1976? Mercury LP RJ 7070 gatefold cover, lyric insert
NET March? 1976 Mercury LP 6310 501 gatefold cover
US   Mercury CD 836 949  
JPN   Mercury CD 23PD-115  
UK/GER 1998 Mercury CD 534 975 digitally remastered
JPN 2001 Mercury CDLE UICY-9174 limited edition, digitally remastered
w. bonus track (*)

 

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