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I'm Not In Love
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10cc were always bound to make it. All members were 60s veterans, with Graham Gouldman already having written a string of hits for bands as diverse as the Yardbirds and Herman’s Hermits.Originally signed and named (don’t ask) by Jonathan King, by 1974 they’d notched up a string of witty hits
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Composer Gouldman/Stewart
Genre Rock
Album The Original Soundtrack
Year of Release 1975
UK Chart Position 1
that showed their ability to master just about any style.  Yet they were in danger of being regarded as a novelty act.
1975’s album The Original Soundtrack broke the mould - it contained “I’m Not In Love”. This time the archness was welded to a gorgeously crafted arrangement that floated beneath the mock cynicism of the lyrics. Multi-layered backing vocals gave the whole thing an other-worldly quality that was only compounded by the extraordinary middle eight with its whispered “big boys don’t cry” motif. It became a #1 that appealed both to the fans that wanted grown up pop and to people who wanted a slow dance at the end of the disco.


Graham Gouldman on writing I'm Not In Love
Graham Gouldman
10cc's Graham Gouldman reveals how they wrote and recorded the song they will always mostly be remembered for.

 

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Tori Amos
 Tori Amos bring her own inimitable style to 10cc's  multi-layered masterpiece

This is a love song that doesn't want to be, yet is so blindingly obvious. It says it all by not saying anything.


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