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Deceptive Bends is the fifth studio album by rock band 10cc, released in 1977.
|Studio album by|
|Recorded||Strawberry Studios South|
|Singles from Deceptive Bends|
The departure of Kevin Godley and Lol Creme in 1976 to form Godley & Creme almost ended 10cc. However, Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman continued to run the band with the assistance of drummer Paul Burgess who already worked with 10cc acting as second drummer to Kevin Godley on tour.
Stewart recalled: "I had a big challenge ahead of me to prove to the record world that we were not just 5cc, as some of the British media had graciously called us. The music was simpler than some of the previous 10cc albums, it was far more direct, streamlined and positive. The whole album was recorded very (in our terms) quickly. I was on a mission, and flying higher and faster than I had ever been before, and I knew by then that we had a very strong album. The new songs played a big part in the equation of course, I was out to prove also that we could write a hit album without Kevin and Lol ... we did!"
Godley and Creme were still band members early in this album's history. The band's original line-up debuted a live version of "Good Morning Judge" at the Knebworth Festival on 21 August 1976, and also did studio work on an early version of "People in Love" referred to as "Voodoo Boogie". "Voodoo Boogie" featured a more offbeat arrangement and prominent backing vocals by Creme, but the track was considered "awful" when assembled, and Godley and Creme left the group shortly thereafter. The official versions of "Good Morning Judge" and "People in Love" were performed by Stewart and Gouldman alone, with the help of a few session musicians. The "Voodoo Boogie" version of "People in Love" was included in 10cc's limited-edition box set Tenology in 2012.
The cover design was provided by Hipgnosis. The title of the album was taken from a sign warning of dangerous curves in the southbound A24 between Leatherhead and Dorking in Surrey; the sign is no longer there.
The album was reisued and remastered on CD in 1997 with b-sides as bonus tracks
|1.||"Good Morning Judge"||Stewart||2:55|
|2.||"The Things We Do for Love"||Stewart||3:29|
|3.||"Marriage Bureau Rendezvous"||Gouldman||4:04|
|4.||"People in Love"||Stewart||3:48|
|5.||"Modern Man Blues"||Gouldman and Stewart||5:35|
|1.||"Honeymoon with B Troop"||Gouldman||2:46|
|2.||"I Bought a Flat Guitar Tutor"||Stewart||1:48|
|3.||"You've Got a Cold"||Stewart||3:36|
|4.||"Feel the Benefit|
I: "Reminisce and Speculate"
II: "A Latin Break"
III: "Feel the Benefit""
|Stewart and Gouldman||11:32|
Bonus tracks on 1997 CD reissueEdit
|10.||"Hot to Trot"||4:30|
|11.||"Don't Squeeze Me Like Toothpaste"||3:39|
|12.||"I'm So Laid Back, I'm Laid Out"||3:46|
- Eric Stewart – lead and rhythm guitars, lead and backing vocals, keyboards, percussion
- Paul Burgess – drums, percussion