HOW DARE YOU! - 10cc
TRACK LISTING: How Dare You, Lazy Ways, I Wanna Rule the World, I'm Mandy Fly Me, Iceberg, Art For Art's Sake, Rock 'n' Roll Lullaby, Head Room, Don't Hang Up
IMPRESSIONS: This is the "other" major 10cc album, along with "THE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK" (mentioned elsewhere on this blog), during my childhood years. Altogether stronger as a cohesive album than the earlier one, HOW DARE YOU! features the odd characters and situations typical of 10cc songs along with the cracked rhythms which are impossible to dance to. Each song is like a mini-movie and the final track "Don't Hang Up" is a mini-opera on the level of their previous album's masterpiece "Une Nuit a Paris (One Night in Paris)" featuring many melded melodies and tempi. The four gentlemen in 10cc wrote songs more for the brain than the groin.
MY FAVOURITE TRACKS: I Wanna Rule the World, I'm Mandy Fly Me, Iceberg, Art For Art's Sake, Rock 'n' Roll Lullaby, Don't Hang Up
FACT SHEET: HOW DARE YOU! is 10cc's fourth album; it is the final 10cc album to contain the classic lineup of Eric Stewart, Graham Gouldman, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme. The front and back cover art is by Hipgnosis; the same man and woman are seen in the background of all four cover "panels". "I'm Mandy Fly Me" refers to a contemporary National Airlines ad campaign; Eric Stewart changed the name to "Mandy". The intro to "I'm Mandy Fly Me" features an excerpt from earlier 10cc song "Clockwork Creep" meant to sound as if emanating from a small transistor radio.