10cc (album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1973
StudioStrawberry Studios, Stockport
10cc chronology
Sheet Music
Singles from 10cc
  1. "Donna" b/w "Hot Sun Rock"
    Released: September 1972
  2. "Johnny Don't Do It" b/w "4% Of Something"
    Released: December 1972
  3. "Rubber Bullets" b/w "Waterfall"
    Released: March 1973
  4. "The Dean and I" b/w "Bee in My Bonnet"
    Released: August 1973
  5. "Headline Hustler"
    Released: March 1974 (US only)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.0/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideB+[2]

10cc is the debut album by British rock band 10cc. It was recorded at Strawberry Studios in Stockport, which was part-owned by guitarist and engineer Eric Stewart, and released on Jonathan King's UK Records [No: UKAL 1005] label. The album reached No.36 in the UK.

Release and promotion[edit]

Three of its four UK singles reached the Top 10 in the charts, including #1 hit "Rubber Bullets". The fifth single "Headline Hustler" was released only in the American market to promote a tour in the USA.

The closing track, "Fresh Air for My Mama", was a reworking of "You Didn't Like It Because You Didn't Think of It", the B-side of 1970's "Neanderthal Man", an international hit by the band under its former name of Hotlegs.

Some versions of the album have an altered running order.

The 2000 CD reissue of the album featured all the b-sides of the album's singles. The album in its entirety along with 2000's bonus cuts appeared, along with 10cc's second album, "Sheet Music" and all its released bonus cuts, on 2004 "10cc - The Complete UK Recordings," on Varèse Sarabande Records.

Critical reception[edit]

Reviewing in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981), Robert Christgau wrote: "If you only know the forty-five-rpm version of 'Rubber Bullets,' then you missed their best rhyme: 'balls and chains' with 'balls and brains.' A calculated, devilishly clever version of what the Beach Boys ought to be doing. Or the Bonzo Dog Band should have done. Or something."[2]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Johnny, Don't Do It"3:36
2."Sand in My Face"
  • Creme
  • Gouldman
  • Godley
  • Creme
  • Godley
4."The Dean and I"
  • Creme
  • Godley
5."Headline Hustler"
Side two
1."Speed Kills"
  • Stewart
  • Creme
  • Gouldman
  • Godley
2."Rubber Bullets"
  • Creme
  • Gouldman
  • Godley
3."The Hospital Song"
  • Creme
  • Godley
4."Ships Don't Disappear in the Night (Do They?)"
  • Stewart
  • Gouldman
5."Fresh Air for My Mama"
  • Stewart
  • Creme
  • Godley

German 1993 CD Re-Release one bonus track[edit]

  1. "18 Carat Man of Means"

2000 Repertoire CD Reissue includes five bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Hot Sun Rock" (Stewart, Gouldman)
  2. "4% of Something" (Stewart, Creme)
  3. "Waterfall" (Stewart, Gouldman)
  4. "Bee in My Bonnet" (Stewart, Gouldman)
  5. "Rubber Bullets (Single Version)" (Godley, Creme, Gouldman)




Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1973) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[3] 43
UK Albums (OCC)[4] 36
US Billboard 200[5] 201


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[6] Silver 60,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Ofjord, Michael. 10cc at AllMusic. Retrieved April 10, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: T". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved 15 March 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 307. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  4. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  5. ^ "10cc Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  6. ^ "British album certifications – 10cc – 10cc". British Phonographic Industry. 4 February 1977. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type 10cc in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.