WTG 19341 Snack Attack (Ismism in UK)
Produced by Godley & Creme
Released on October 1981
UK CHART POSITION #29
Find it at GEMM: Ismism / Snack Attack
WTG 19341 cover  

F inally, a Godley & Creme album that doesn’t feel like a Q-Tip being poked into your brain. After a steady diet of defiant and restless art pop, the pair return to their roots (i.e., 10cc) with clever narratives and throwbacks to ‘50s music. Snack Attack (released in the UK as Ismism) actually generated two UK Top 10 singles: “Wedding Bells” and “Under Your Thumb.” Drawing its inspiration from doo-wop, “Wedding Bells” rekindles the pair’s love affair with ’50s music, as does “Sale of the Century.” However, they’re the only two tracks that haven’t been rigged with some sort of booby trap. “Under Your Thumb,” “Joey’s Camel” and “Lonnie” are dark narratives, not unlike the old pulp fiction short stories you’d find in the ‘50s and ‘60s. The remaining songs defy easy categorization: “The Problem” is a mock math/logic problem set to music, “The Party” is a rap disguised as party chatter, “Snack Attack” is a libidinous litany of foods delivered from a delirious dieter, “Ready For Ralph” is about absolutely nothing. If it sounds like the pair is up to the usual tricks, they are, the difference being the music. The short attention span that sabotaged earlier songs has been sublimated this time, with the lyrics getting the lion’s share of attention and the music pushed to the background, perhaps castrated but awfully catchy. It’s almost a light version of art rock/funk (think Robert Fripp’s League of Gentleman on a much milder scale), silly yet somehow thought provoking. If that sounds like a description of 10cc, you’re getting warm. It’s more like 10cc distilled to half its essence, but by focusing on what they do well (which wasn’t sprawling art rock), Godley & Creme deliver an album that 10cc fans can finally enjoy. No longer running away from their legacy, the pair embraces their past with a perfect match of pop music and smartaleckiness.

WTG 19341 back cover
WTG 19341 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. SNACK ATTACK    7:13
  2. UNDER YOUR THUMB    4:34
  3. JOEY'S CAMEL    5:28
  4. THE PROBLEM    4:05
  5. READY FOR RALPH    2:24
  6. WEDDING BELLS    3:26
  7. LONNIE    4:46
  8. SALE OF THE CENTURY    4:20
  9. THE PARTY    8:03

    All titles writte and arranged by Godley & Creme

CREDITS

LOL CREME -- engineer
KEVIN GODLEY --
Bimbo Acock -- all saxophones
Nigel Grey -- mixing
Lou Beach -- front cover illustration
Bob Defrin -- art director

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK October 1981 Polydor LP POLD 5043 rel. as ISMISM
CAN 1981 Polydor LP/CS PD/PDS4-1-6328 rel. as ISMISM
GER 1981 Polydor LP 2383 618 rel. as ISMISM
NET 1981 Polydor LP 2442 193 rel. as ISMISM
US 1982 Mirage LP/CS WTG 19341  
US   Mirage LP/CS 90487  
JPN   Polydor LP POCP 2079  

 

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