Gathering together every track issued in the group s name, including both versions of the album, a couple of non-LP singles and even a US-only remix of The Hit, You Didn t Like It Because You Didn t Think Of It reveals that, notwithstanding that anomalous novelty song, Lol Creme, Kevin Godley and Eric Stewart were master pop craftsmen even before adding Graham Gouldman to the line-up and changing their name to 10cc... Thanks to the novelty hit nature of the million-selling forty-five Neanderthal Man (only prevented from topping the British singles chart in the summer of 1970 by Elvis Presley s The Wonder Of You ), little attention was paid at the time to the other recordings cut by pre-10cc act Hotlegs. That s a shame, because the album Hotlegs Thinks: School Stinks (quickly remodelled and repackaged as Song) was a veritable smorgasbord of turn-of-the-decade studio pop moves that deserves to be considered alongside the heavyweights of the era. With its roots in the aborted 1969 Frabjoy & Runcible Spoon (aka Kevin Godley & Lol Creme) album for Giorgio Gomelsky s Marmalade label, the Hotlegs LP was a daringly ambitious creation, peaking on the White Album-era McCartneyish ballads Take Me Back and Today , the equally beautiful, Beach Boys-inspired All God s Children and the sumptuous, 13 minute song suite On My Way/Indecision/The Return ( our version of Side Two of Abbey Road , according to Godley). Housed in newly-commissioned, more sympathetic artwork, and featuring a new essay on the band, this definitive Hotlegs anthology reassesses their position in the overall scheme of things.
File 10CC. Remastered complete recordings by pre-10cc group w/Lol Creme, Kevin Godley & Eric Stewart feat Neanderthal Man