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I can thoroughly recommend the Sodajerker on Songwriting podcast - they interveiwed Kevin Godley at length in podcast 95, a fascinating listen spanning Kevin's career in 10cc, Godley & Creme and beyond. And yes, he really doesn't like Con Sequences...
'The Gizmotron is the strangest guitar device you've never heard of'
I'm Not In Love: The Story of 10cc
It was a pretty good documentary, including lots on the part Consequences and
the Gizmo played in the break up of 10cc. I think it was Kevin who said that
if they'd been allowed to have a year out to do it as a side-project, the
split might not have happened, as the album's failure to sell wouldn't
have been such a big deal - although he clearly didn't like the commercial
pressures placed on the band after How Dare You, and he hated 'The Things We Do For Love'
so much I wonder if that song wasn't as much to blame as the Gizmo. 10cc remains
another example of a band greater than the sum of its parts, like The Beatles,
Pink Floyd and countless others.
Lots of great stuff in there too about the amazing pre-10cc careers of Graham
Gouldman and Eric Stewart, although nothing about them writing bubblegum hits
for the US market.
One line coming out of the film echoes a thread in Kevin Godley's recent book: that 10cc never got the attention or respect they deserved because, unlike Queen for example, they were not showmen. They 'sounded like American musicals but looked like four scruffy blokes from Manchester'. Which is because that's what they were.
Certainly a programme catching on the iPlayer if you can. Now if anyone wants to make a programme about Consequences, you know where I am...
May 2015 - Lots of news! First up, Kevin Godley has published an autobiography on iBooks and he now seems much warmer about Consequences than he once was. Read my review here. Thanks to Paul Hamilton for alerting me to that, and for sending me some amazing scans of Melody Maker articles from 1977. Have a look at them here.
Andy Langran sent me photos of his THREE copies of Consequences - Japanese CD, cassette and vinyl. A true fan! Thanks, Andy.
Blint and you'll miss it.
Consequences on the radio!
The marvellous Stuart Maconie is featuring Consequences on the Freak Zone BBC 6Music on Sunday 3rd Feb 2013. I was lucky enough to be able to help Stuart get the album on air. Find out more here.
Oddley & Creme radio progamme
On 3rd Novemeber 2012, Andy Votel appeared on Stuart Maconie's Freakier Zone on BBC 6Music to talk about 'Oddley & Creme' - the darker side of 10cc. Lots of great music - as well as stuff from Consequences, they played some of the flexi-disc that was given away with the gizmo and other great lost 10cc gems. The iPlayer page is here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01nnc39. It's also available as a podcast - or should that be 'odd-cast'? Probably UK only, I fear: http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/freakzone.
Gizmo help wanted!
Bob Price writes:
John Knight writes...
I thought I'd make contact� to inform you that I am selling my Godley and Creme GIMOTRON Serial No. 54. on Ebay which I purchased in 1975.
As you'll already know, these are incredibly rare so you may wish to inform your members and 10cc. fans about the auction as this could be of interest.
The Ebay� item number is: 12023758901 or the direct link is: here (click this link).
THERE IS NO RESERVE PRICE!
Check out the Gizmo page for his wonderful images of his Gizmotron.
Lots of news to catch up on...
Many thanks to John Convey for sending me a great interview with Godley and Creme - and a review of Consequences - from the Record Mirror in 1977 - follow the link on the navbar above.
Just read Wendy Cook's autobiography - she was Peter Cook's first wife. No mention of Consequences, but interesting to note that they lived at Number 17 Church Row in London. Quite a sad read - neither Wendy nor Judy Huxtable (Cook's second wife, who plays Lulu in Consequences) were allowed to go to Cook's funeral.
And reader Chris Merchant writes...
It's not music that is sympathetic with the album but was inspired by the mystical nature of the number 17. No, really! :-)
Huge thanks to Ric Morris for sending me two contemporary reviews of Consequences, one from the NME and one from Sounds.
Read them or view them as images on the new Reviews page
Simon Rhodes-Johnson writes:
'Come Again' is a fantastic play, which sold-out in Edinburgh and enjoyed excellent reviews across the board. We've extended the show for London as a two act version.
You can also find links to all our Edinburgh reviews at www.petedud.com.
Sorry the site's been neglected for so long... since I last wrote things have changed on the availability front -
at least according to Amazon.co.uk, looks like you can only currently get the full Consequences CD on Japanese import - not sure
what happened to the US One Way release, it says 4-6 weeks delivery and I can't find One Way's web site any more.
A remarkable e-mail from Zander Nyrond in Bath, England:
I was lucky enough to get William Cook's compendium of Cookery Tragically I Was an Only Twin for Christmas - I've just finished mining it for references to or parallels with Consequences and I found a fair few outlined below. The book includes many well-known sketches but also some long-lost gems, especially Peter Cook's column for the Daily Mail, which he wrote around the time Consequences was recorded - it's a real shame he didn't stick to this kind of journalism, as it's some of the best writing he did.
In the intro to his anthology, William Cook (no relation as far as I know) says that Peter Cook never wrote a play - well he did, and you can find a transcript of it right here in Mr Blint's Attic.
Apart from enjoying Peter Cook's humour, there's fun to be had looking for parallels with Consequences, and sure enough a sketch from 1960 called 'Second Flood' will seem rather familiar to anyone who knows the triple album well:
'Oh look there's a bowler hat floating by... Must have blown off in the wind - there's quite a wind... I'll give the police a ring... Hello? Hello? What do you mean, glug, glug, glug?... Mary, just for your sake and to be on the safe side, I think I'll go up into the attic...'
An E L Wisty monologue from the TV Times in 1980 includes the phrase 'Rome wasn't burnt in a day', which Walter uses in Consequences.
A 1966 Pete & Dud sketch from BBC2 ('What time do you call this?', 'It's four o'clock in the morning, father') has the father lamenting his wife with the words 'Oh Rosie, Rosie, why did you leave me, my darling...', which is very strongly echoed by the dialogue and song 'Rosie' in Consequences.
Mr Blint perhaps makes an early appearance in a very bleak, nay Pinteresque, stage piece called 'Mini Drama' from 1973. Peter Cook plays a cab driver who puts on a cassette of music. The composer 'was never recognised by the critics.' Another sketch from the same period, 'Frog and Peach' refers to World War 2 as 'an absolutely ghastly business' much as Haig describes the war when talking to Pepperman about gambling.
Also on the theme of gambling, a Daily Mail column from 1977 - the year Consequences was recorded - has a some dialogue between Cook and Ladbrokes on placing strange bets; rather like Pepperman calling Ladbrokes in Consequences, and I think we might assume Cook's own bookmaker of choice at the time was the same firm!
Divorce - one of the main themes of Consequences - is also the theme of one of Cook's Daily Mail colums from April 1977. Consequences itself gets its sole mention in the book in a Mail column from 26th Septembber 1977:
Only last weekend I was in Amsterdam to attend the launching of the triple LP, Consequences, by Lol Creme and Kevin Godley. Lady Judy Sexburga Cook, Sarah Vaughan and myself are guests on this work.
The final reference of note comes in Peter Cook's forward for Paula Yates' 1980 tome Rock Stars in their Underpants where he asks:
Why aren't the Troggs bigger in Japan? Was it 'artistic differences'
or incompatible underwear that led to Godley and Creme splitting
with 10cc? Why isn't it Creme and Godley? And who are they anyway?
The answers lie hidden in the tell-tale creases of their knickers...
As it happened, both Ms Yates and Peter Cook were endangered species...