Bloody Tourists

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Bloody Tourists
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1978
RecordedStrawberry Studios South
(Dorking, Surrey, England)
10cc chronology
Live and Let Live
Bloody Tourists
Greatest Hits 1972–1978
Singles from Bloody Tourists
  1. "Dreadlock Holiday"
    Released: 21 July 1978
  2. "Reds in My Bed"
    Released: 10 November 1978
  3. "From Rochdale to Ocho Rios"
    Released: December 1978 (Australia only)
  4. "For You and I"
    Released: January 1979 (U.S. only)
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]

Bloody Tourists is the sixth studio album by the English rock band 10cc, released worldwide by Mercury Records and in North America by Polydor Records in September 1978. Recorded at Strawberry Studios South in Dorking, the album was produced by Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman.


The album is the first 10cc studio album to feature the band as a six piece. The new lineup was already assembled for the tour in support of the band's previous album, Deceptive Bends, but changing Tony O'Malley for Duncan Mackay on the keyboards. The band was also solidified with songwriting and lead vocals contributions from other members than the core duo of Stewart and Gouldman.

The cover art was again created by Hipgnosis with graphics by George Hardie and shows a map being blown into someones face. The cover photograph was taken by Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis. The cover idea had been first presented to Genesis, who rejected it.[2]

Release and reception[edit]

Two singles, "Dreadlock Holiday"' and "Reds in My Bed" were extracted from Bloody Tourists, with the first preceding the album. "Dreadlock Holiday" topped the charts in several countries, including the United Kingdom, where it became the band's third and last number-one hit.[3] Driven by the success of the lead single, the album reached number 3 in the UK Albums Chart.[4]

The album was reissued on CD in 1997 adding the b-side to "Dreadlock Holiday" as bonus track. In 2008 the Japanese reissue added additional versions of the album songs as bonus tracks.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Dreadlock Holiday"Eric Stewart, Graham GouldmanGouldman4:28
2."For You and I"Stewart, GouldmanStewart5:20
3."Take These Chains"Stewart, GouldmanStewart2:36
4."Shock on the Tube (Don't Want Love)"StewartStewart3:38
5."Last Night"Gouldman, Rick FennGouldman3:10
6."The Anonymous Alcoholic"Stewart, GouldmanStewart and Gouldman5:38
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
7."Reds in My Bed"Stewart, Stuart ToshTosh4:08
8."Life Line"GouldmanGouldman3:26
10."Old Mister Time"Stewart, Duncan MackayStewart4:27
11."From Rochdale to Ocho Rios"GouldmanGouldman3:41
12."Everything You've Wanted to Know About!!!"StewartStewart4:25
Total length:49:57



  • Eric Stewart – lead & backing vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion
  • Graham Gouldman – bass, lead & backing vocals, guitar, percussion, zither on "Tokyo"
  • Rick Fenn – guitar, backing vocals, saxophone, keyboards
  • Paul Burgess – drums, percussion, backing vocal on "From Rochdale to Ocho Rios"
  • Stuart Tosh – drums, percussion, lead & backing vocals, trombone on "The Anonymous Alcoholic"
  • Duncan Mackay – keyboards, Yamaha CS-80 synthesizer, violin, percussion, backing vocals

Technical personnel[edit]

  • Keith Bessey – engineer
  • Tony Spath – engineer
  • Melvyn Abrahams – mastering
  • Hipgnosis – cover design and photos
  • George Hardie – graphics



Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[14] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[15] Platinum 15,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  6. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 0071b". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
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  10. ^ " – 10cc – Bloody Tourists". Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
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  13. ^ Scaping, Peter, ed. (1979). "Top 200 LPs in 1978". BPI Year Book 1979: A Review of the British Record and Tape Industry. London: British Phonographic Industry. pp. 182–185. ISBN 0-906154-02-2.
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