10 (The Stranglers album)
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|Studio album by The Stranglers|
|Producer||Roy Thomas Baker|
|The Stranglers chronology|
10 is the tenth studio album from The Stranglers and was the last to feature guitarist/lead singer Hugh Cornwell. The album was released in 1990. There was a big band sound to this album, possibly due to the production work of Roy Thomas Baker and the continued use of a horn section. One of the highlights was the cover version of Question Mark & the Mysterians hit "96 Tears" (which reached No. 17 in the UK Singles Chart). Cornwell has expressed satisfaction with the way this album turned out, whereas the rest of the band, including live guitarist John Ellis, who joined the band on the next album, have all expressed negative feelings about 10.
The album sleeve shows the members of the band dressed up as ten of the most powerful world leaders of the time (l-r: Yasser Arafat, Rajiv Gandhi, Pope John Paul II, Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher, George H. W. Bush, Fidel Castro, Muammar al-Gaddafi, Benazir Bhutto and Joshua Nkomo)
Despite the album's American-friendly sound and the moderate success of "Sweet Smell of Success" in America (reaching No. 5 on the Modern Rock Chart), the band did not undertake an American tour. Cornwell, feeling the band had come to a halt in the artistic evolution, decided to leave the band following the last gig on the supporting tour.
10 peaked at No. 15 and spent four weeks in the UK Albums Chart.
Singles released in the UK for this album were "96 Tears" (peaked at No. 17 in the UK Singles Chart) and "Sweet Smell Of Success" (which peaked at No. 65 in the same chart).
- "Sweet Smell of Success" - 3:22
- "Someone Like You" - 2:53
- "96 Tears" - 3:12
- "In This Place" - 3:38
- "Let's Celebrate" - 4:16
- "Man of the Earth" - 3:22
- "Too Many Teardrops" - 3:47
- "Where I Live" - 3:32
- "Out of My Mind" - 4:08
- "Never to Look Back" - 4:18
- "Instead of This" (2001 CD Bonus Track)
- "Poisonality" (2001 CD Bonus Track)
- "Motorbike" (2001 CD Bonus Track)
- "Something" (2001 CD Bonus Track)
- "You" (2001 CD Bonus Track)
- "¡Viva Vlad! " (2001 CD Bonus Track)
- "All Day and All of the Night" (2001 CD Bonus Track)
- "Always the Sun (Sunny-Side Up Mix)" (2001 CD Bonus Track)