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 (Europe & Japan)
  3. "From Rochdale to Ocho Rios"
    Released: December 1978 (Oceania)
  4. "For You and I"
    Released: December 1978 (North America)
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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, however it was also the first 10cc album to feature songs written separately by Stewart and Gouldman.

Cover art[edit]

The cover art was again created by Hipgnosis with graphics by George Hardie and shows a map being blown into someone's face. The map is showing the French island Martinique, located in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies in the eastern Caribbean Sea. The cover photograph was taken by Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis. The cover idea had been first presented to Genesis, who rejected it.[2] The cover was also the first to feature the longtime 10cc logo with a star inside the zero.

Release and reception[edit]

The first single "Dreadlock Holiday" b/w non album track "Nothing Can Move Me" preceded the album and 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 second single varied in different territories. While most of the countries received "Reds in My Bed", "For You and I" was issued in America where it was also featured on the soundtrack for the film Moment by Moment, while "From Rochdale to Ocho Rios" was released in Oceania. The b-side was "Take These Chains" for all territories.

Record World said the single "For You and I" "is a typically lush production with picturesque lyrics and a pop perfect hook."[5]

The album was reissued on CD in 1997 adding "Nothing Can Move Me", 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 GouldmanGouldman with Stewart4:28
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 ToshTosh with Stewart4:08
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
1997 Mercury Records remastered edition bonus track
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalLength
13."Nothing Can Move Me"Stewart, GouldmanStewart4:02
Total length:54:58
2008 Japan SHM-CD bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalLength
13."Dreadlock Holiday" (long version)Stewart, GouldmanGouldman with Stewart5:01
14."Nothing Can Move Me"Stewart, GouldmanStewart4:04
15."For You and I" (DJ edit)Stewart, GouldmanStewart3:51
Total length:62:46



  • Eric Stewart – lead vocals (tracks 2-4, 6, 9-10, 12), backing vocals, lead guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar, electric piano, grand piano, synthesizer, organ, acoustic guitar, percussion
  • Graham Gouldman – lead vocals (tracks 1, 5, 8, 11), backing vocals, bass guitar, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, zither, wind chimes, percussion
  • Rick Fenn – backing vocals, electric guitar, lead guitar, acoustic guitar, fretless bass, saxophone, synthesizer, organ, percussion
  • Paul Burgess – drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Stuart Tosh – lead vocal (track 7), backing vocals, drums, percussion, trombone
  • Duncan Mackay – backing vocals, grand piano, electric piano, synthesizer, violin, percussion

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Kate Spath – cello on "Old Mister Time"
  • Tony Spath – backing vocal on "From Rochdale to Ocho Rios"

Technical personnel[edit]

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


Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia 300,000[18]
Canada (Music Canada)[19] Platinum 100,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[20] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[21] Platinum 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[22] Gold 100,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


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  20. ^ "Dutch album certifications – 10cc – Bloody Tourists" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved 21 May 2020. Enter Bloody Tourists in the "Artiest of titel" box. Select 1978 in the drop-down menu saying "Alle statussen"
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  22. ^ "British album certifications – 10cc – Bloody Tourists". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 23 November 2016.

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