2886 Neanderthal Man
Produced by Hotlegs
Released on July 1970
UK CHART POSITION #2 . . . US CHART POSITION #22
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2886 w. company sleeve
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T his is the pre-history of 10cc, a novelty number that sits somewehere in time between John Lennon’s “Give Peace A Chance” and The Kinks’ “Apeman.” The mix today sounds remarkably stifled, like a bad case of mono, with a barely audible chant of “I’m a Neanderthal man / You’re a Neanderthal girl / Let’s make Neanderthal love / In this Neanderthal world” behind strummed acoustic guitars and a thumping drum beat that throbs like a headache. Not the most immortal piece of plastic on the planet, but even in this early incarnation Godley, Creme and Stewart had a knack for grabbing your attention with something different. That they would evolve into challenging pop auteurs is evident on the B side, “You Didn’t Like It...,” which mixes elements of Jimi Hendrix and Paul McCartney into a, qu’est-ce que le mot juste?, melange. (And, yes, I’m making fun of myself for using the word “melange,” not showing off my crappy high-school French.)

TRACK LISTING

  1. NEANDERTHAL MAN    (Kevin Godley/Lol Creme/Eric Stewart)    4:29
  2. YOU DIDN'T LIKE IT, BECAUSE YOU DIDN'T THINK OF IT    (Kevin Godley/Lol Creme/Eric Stewart)    4:29

CREDITS

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK July 1970 Fontana 7" 6007 019  
US 1970 Capitol 7" 2886  

 

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