Art for Art's Sake (song)

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"Art for Arts Sake"
Single by 10cc
from the album How Dare You!
B-side "Get it While You Can"
Released November 1975
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded 1975
Length 6:01
Label Mercury
Songwriter(s) Eric Stewart, Graham Gouldman
Producer(s) 10cc
10cc singles chronology
"I'm Not in Love"
"Art for Arts Sake"
"I'm Mandy Fly Me"

"I'm Not in Love"
"Art for Art's Sake"
"I'm Mandy Fly Me"

"Art for Arts Sake" is a single by 10cc released in 1975. It was taken from the How Dare You! album,[1] and reached No. 5 on the UK singles chart.

The title of the song derives from the fact that Graham Gouldman's father, Hymie Gouldman, often used to say "Art for art's sake, money for God's sake, okay".[2]


  • Eric Stewart – lead vocal, electric and acoustic piano, six string and fuzz bass, lead guitar
  • Graham Gouldman– electric guitars, third lead vocal and backing vocals, cow bell, tambourine
  • Lol Creme – electric guitars, second lead vocal and backing vocals, maracas, Moog synthesizer, recorder
  • Kevin Godley – drums, backing vocals, temple blocks

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1975/6) Peak
UK Singles Chart[3][4] 5
Irish Singles Chart[5] 4


  1. ^ "Art for Art's Sake". allmusic. Rovi. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Art for Arts Sake -10cc". Songfacts. Retrieved 2014-12-05. 
  3. ^ " search results". Retrieved 11 January 2009. 
  4. ^ "Chart Stats - 10cc - Art for Art's Sake". Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 11 January 2009. 
  5. ^ " search results". Archived from the original on 1 February 2010. Retrieved 11 January 2009. 

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