AUKS 53107 Sheet Music
Produced by 10cc
Released on May 1974
UK CHART POSITION #9 . . . US CHART POSITION #81
Find it at GEMM
AUKS 53107 cover  

S heet Music launches an entire arsenal of ideas at the listener -- in some cases during a single song -- as if winning over converts were a matter of force. And if good ideas were gold, this record would have gone platinum. But the fact remains there’s a limited audience for this kind of warped, albeit often transcendent, pop music. The record does represent a conscious shift toward more complicated music -- no doo-wop this time, and even more ideas are crammed into their obscure narratives. Two singles, “The Wall Street Shuffle” and “Silly Love” (the latter perhaps prompting McCartney’s “Silly Love Songs”), remain popular entries in the 10cc oeuvre, but they’re just the tip of the iceberg. “Hotel,” “The Worst Band in the World,” “Somewhere in Hollywood,” “The Sacro-iliac” and “Clockwork Creep” are just as likely to strike a chord with listeners. The band also expanded their sphere of collaboration, breaking up the Stewart/Gouldman and Godley/Creme pairings to bring the best elements of humor and melody together. Sheet Music is arguably their most smartalecky album, but if that’s not a roadblock there’s some great pop music ahead of you.

AUKS 53107 back cover
AUKS 53107 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. THE WALL STREET SHUFFLE    (Eric Stewart/Graham Gouldman)    4:02
  2. THE WORST BAND IN THE WORLD    (Lol Creme/Graham Gouldman)    4:50
  3. HOTEL    (Kevin Godley/Lol Creme)    5:00
  4. OLD WILD MEN    (Kevin Godley/Lol Creme)    3:18
  5. CLOCKWORK CREEP    (Kevin Godley/Lol Creme)    2:45
  6. SILLY LOVE    (Lol Creme/Eric Stewart)    3:56
  7. SOMEWHERE IN HOLLYWOOD    (Kevin Godley/Lol Creme)    6:38
  8. BARON SAMEDI    (Eric Stewart/Graham Gouldman)    3:40
  9. THE SACRO-ILIAC    (Kevin Godley/Graham Gouldman)    2:30
  10. OH! EFFENDI!    (Eric Stewart/Kevin Godley)    2:50

CREDITS

LOL CREME --
KEVIN GODLEY --
GRAHAM GOULDMAN --
ERIC STEWART -- engineer, mixing, final reduction
Hipgnosis -- sleeve design and photos
Maurice Tate -- tinting
George Hardie NTA -- graphics

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK May 1974 UK Records LP/CS UKAL 1007 insert
US/CAN May 1974 London/UK Records LP/CS AUKS 53107 insert
UK 1980s Mercury LP PRICE 8  
    Mercury LP 6310 508  
  1991 DCC CD/CS DZS 053 repackaged w. 10cc
UK 1992 Castle CD/CS CLACD/CLAMC 186  
JPN   Imperial CD TECI-20148  
UK 2000 Original Masters CD 15605  

 

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