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Bloody Tourists

10cc

  • Released on 01/09/1978 by EMI
  • Main artist: 10cc
  • Genre: Pop
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After proving they could keep 10cc alive as a duo act with 1977's successful Deceptive Bends, Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman pressed on in 1978 with Bloody Tourists. Although it scored some notable hits, it was a less consistent and less memorable affair than its predecessor. The problem with Bloody Tourists is that it feels like a group of session musicians trying to come up with songs in the 10cc style instead of a proper 10cc album. The eccentric humor that once flowed freely feels forced on this album: "Reds In My Bed" is a lame stab at Cold War satire that never really succeeds in saying anything while "Shock On The Tube (Don't Want Love)" tries to be daring with its tale of a subway sex fantasy and instead comes off as smutty and dull. Another problem is that the music propping up these narratives is lacking in both hooks and inspiration: the backing track for "Take These Chains" is a dull attempt at rockabilly that sounds like an especially poppy Eagles outtake and "The Anonymous Alcoholic" has a disco-parody portion that merely sounds like a mediocre example of the music it is supposedly sending up. However, the album's singles present a few bright moments: "For You And I" is a lovely ballad that fortifies its attractive melody with some strong vocal harmonies and "Dreadlock Holiday" chronicles the exploits of a hapless tourist in Jamaican against a catchy pop-reggae backdrop. Sadly, these are the first two tracks on the album so when they have passed there isn't much to look forward to. In the end, Bloody Tourists is competent enough to keep the 10cc's hardcore fans happy but the casual listener is advised to track down its hits on a compilation.
© Donald A. Guarisco /TiVo

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1
Dreadlock Holiday
00:04:27

Rick Fenn, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Graham Gouldman, Bass Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Eric Stewart, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - 10CC, Producer, MainArtist - Duncan MacKay, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Burgess, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Stuart Tosh, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1978 Mercury Records Limited, Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music Group, Inc.

2
For You And I
00:05:17

Graham Gouldman, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Eric Stewart, Producer, ComposerLyricist - 10CC, MainArtist

℗ 1978 Mercury Records Limited, Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International Division - a division of Universal Music GmbH

3
Take These Chains
00:02:35

Graham Gouldman, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Eric Stewart, Producer, ComposerLyricist - 10CC, MainArtist

℗ 1978 Mercury Records Limited

4
Shock On The Tube (Don't Want Love)
00:03:38

Graham Gouldman, Producer - Eric Stewart, Producer, ComposerLyricist - 10CC, MainArtist

℗ 1978 Mercury Records Limited

5
Last Night
00:03:09

Graham Gouldman, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Eric Stewart, Producer - 10CC, MainArtist - Richard William Fenn, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1978 Mercury Records Limited

6
Anonymous Alcoholic
00:05:38

Graham Gouldman, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Eric Stewart, Producer, ComposerLyricist - 10CC, MainArtist

℗ 1978 Mercury Records Limited

7
Reds In My Bed
00:04:07

Graham Gouldman, Producer - Eric Stewart, Producer, ComposerLyricist - 10CC, MainArtist - Stephen Payton Tosh, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1978 Mercury Records Limited

8
Lifeline
00:03:25

Graham Gouldman, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Eric Stewart, Producer - 10CC, MainArtist

℗ 1978 Mercury Records Limited

9
Tokyo
00:04:29

Graham Gouldman, Producer - Eric Stewart, Producer, ComposerLyricist - 10CC, MainArtist

℗ 1978 Mercury Records Limited

10
Old Mister Time
00:04:27

Graham Gouldman, Producer - Eric Stewart, Producer, ComposerLyricist - 10CC, MainArtist - Duncan McCallum Mackay, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1978 Mercury Records Limited

11
From Rochdale To Ocho Rios
00:03:41

Graham Gouldman, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Eric Stewart, Producer - 10CC, MainArtist

℗ 1978 Mercury Records Limited

12
Everything You Wanted To Know About!!!
00:04:27

Graham Gouldman, Producer - Eric Stewart, Producer, ComposerLyricist - 10CC, MainArtist

℗ 1978 Mercury Records Limited

13
Nothing Can Move Me
00:04:03

Graham Gouldman, ComposerLyricist - Eric Stewart, ComposerLyricist - 10CC, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1978 Mercury Records Limited

Album Description

After proving they could keep 10cc alive as a duo act with 1977's successful Deceptive Bends, Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman pressed on in 1978 with Bloody Tourists. Although it scored some notable hits, it was a less consistent and less memorable affair than its predecessor. The problem with Bloody Tourists is that it feels like a group of session musicians trying to come up with songs in the 10cc style instead of a proper 10cc album. The eccentric humor that once flowed freely feels forced on this album: "Reds In My Bed" is a lame stab at Cold War satire that never really succeeds in saying anything while "Shock On The Tube (Don't Want Love)" tries to be daring with its tale of a subway sex fantasy and instead comes off as smutty and dull. Another problem is that the music propping up these narratives is lacking in both hooks and inspiration: the backing track for "Take These Chains" is a dull attempt at rockabilly that sounds like an especially poppy Eagles outtake and "The Anonymous Alcoholic" has a disco-parody portion that merely sounds like a mediocre example of the music it is supposedly sending up. However, the album's singles present a few bright moments: "For You And I" is a lovely ballad that fortifies its attractive melody with some strong vocal harmonies and "Dreadlock Holiday" chronicles the exploits of a hapless tourist in Jamaican against a catchy pop-reggae backdrop. Sadly, these are the first two tracks on the album so when they have passed there isn't much to look forward to. In the end, Bloody Tourists is competent enough to keep the 10cc's hardcore fans happy but the casual listener is advised to track down its hits on a compilation.
© Donald A. Guarisco /TiVo

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