BSK 3442 Look Hear?
Produced by 10cc
Released on May 1980
UK CHART POSITION #35 . . . US CHART POSITION #180
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BSK 3442 cover  

L ook Hear? is another unpredictable delight. Oh, wait, I must have fallen asleep face down on the Warner Bros. promotional insert again. Said insert also claims that this is the first album from the new lineup, a distinction that actually belongs to Bloody Tourists. And did you know that Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman wrote the majority of 10cc’s hits? I’ll bet Lol Creme and Kevin Godley didn’t. Okay, enough of picking on Warner Bros., who got what they deserved when Look Hear? tanked like a wet sweater in a swimming pool. As sheepish a collection of pop songs as they’ve recorded, this album audibly retreats into the ‘70s at a most inopportune time. 1980 produced a quantum leap in popular music thanks to albums like Remain In Light, Scary Monsters and Peter Gabriel III. Not that anyone expected 10cc to keep pace, but Look Hear? isn’t even running in the right direction. Graham Gouldman and Eric Stewart still deliver a few pleasant melodies on songs like “I Hate To Eat Alone,” “How’m I Ever Gonna Say Goodbye” and “I Took You Home,” but nowhere (except possibly “Lovers Anonymous”) is there a hint of the playful subversion that made their music so palatable in the past. It was enough to end their brief affair with Warner Bros., who could now correctly claim that Look Hear? was the last album recorded by the new lineup. Granted, 10cc wasn’t the only intelligent band to sputter into the ‘80s (Camel and Gentle Giant come to mind). A few limp nods to reggae also slip into the mix, at no time recapturing the cuteness of “Dreadlock Holiday.” If you want to know where 10cc’s talent went, don’t look here; pick up Godley & Creme’s Snack Attack instead.

BSK 3442 back cover BSK 3442 lyric sleeve BSK 3442 insert
BSK 3442 back cover BSK 3442 lyric sleeve BSK 3442 insert

TRACK LISTING

  1. ONE TWO FIVE    (Eric Stewart/Graham Gouldman)    5:10
  2. WELCOME TO THE WORLD    (Duncan Mackay/Rick Fenn)    3:40
  3. HOW'M I EVER GONNA SAY GOODBYE    (Graham Gouldman/Rick Fenn)    3:36
  4. DON'T SEND WE BACK    (Rick Fenn)    3:16
  5. I TOOK YOU HOME    (Eric Stewart)    5:13
  6. IT DOSN'T MATTER AT ALL    (Eric Stewart/Graham Gouldman)    3:59
  7. DRESSED TO KILL    (Eric Stewart/Graham Gouldman)    3:26
  8. LOVERS ANONYMOUS    (Eric Stewart/Graham Gouldman)    5:05
  9. I HATE TO EAT ALONE    (Graham Gouldman)    2:53
  10. STRANGE LOVER    (Eric Stewart/Graham Gouldman)    3:40
  11. L.A. INFLATABLE    (Eric Stewart/Graham Gouldman)    4:31

CREDITS

PAUL BURGESS -- drums, percussion, marimba, timpani
RICK FENN -- lead guitar, electric guitar, backing vocal, lead vocal, acoustic guitar
GRAHAM GOULDMAN -- lead vocal, bass, electric guitar, backing vocal, acoustic guitar, congas
DUNCAN MACKAY -- Yamaha CS80, organ, clavinet duo, harpsichord, vocoder, piano, tubular bells, electric piano
ERIC STEWART -- lead vocal, electric guitar, lead guitar, backing vocal, electric piano, harmony vocal, vocoder, slide lead guitar, marraca, percussion, engineer
STUART TOSH -- backing vocal, percussion, timpani
Tony Spath -- engineer
Hipgnosis -- sleeve design and photography
George Hardie -- illustration

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK May 1980 Mercury LP/CS 9102 505 picture sleeve, poster
US May 1980 Warner Bros. LP/CS BSK 3442 lyric sleeve, insert
CAN 1980 Mercury LP SRM-1-3838  
JPN 1980? Mercury LP RJ-7656 picture sleeve, lyric insert
GER   Mercury CD 838 828  

 

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