Deceptive Bends

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Deceptive Bends
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Studio album by 10cc
ReleasedMay 1977
RecordedStrawberry Studios South
10cc chronology
How Dare You!
Deceptive Bends
Live and Let Live
Singles from Deceptive Bends
  1. "The Things We Do for Love" b/w "Hot to Trot"
    Released: December 1976
  2. "Good Morning Judge" b/w "Don't Squeeze Me Like Toothpaste"
    Released: April 1977
  3. "People in Love" b/w "I'm So Laid Back I'm Laid Out"
    Released: August 1977
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

Deceptive Bends is the fifth studio album released in 1977 by rock band 10cc.

The departure of Kevin Godley and Lol Creme in 1976 to form Godley & Creme almost ended 10cc. However Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman kept the group alive as a duo (with the assistance of percussionist Paul Burgess). The cover design was provided by Hipgnosis. The name of the album came from a warning sign for dangerous curves on the southbound A24 between Leatherhead and Dorking in Surrey; the sign is no longer there.

Stewart recalled: "I had a big challenge ahead of me to prove to the record world that we were not just 5cc, as some of the British media had graciously called us. The music was simpler than some of the previous 10cc albums, it was far more direct, streamlined and positive. The whole album was recorded very (in our terms) quickly. I was on a mission, and flying higher and faster than I had ever been before, and I knew by then that we had a very strong album. The new songs played a big part in the equation of course, I was out to prove also that we could write a hit album without Kevin and Lol ... we did!"[2]

Godley and Creme were still band members early in this album's history. The band's original line-up debuted a live version of "Good Morning Judge" at the Knebworth Festival on 21 August 1976 and also did studio work on an early version of "People in Love" referred to as "Voodoo Boogie". "Voodoo Boogie" featured a more offbeat arrangement and prominent backing vocals by Creme, but the track was considered "awful" when assembled, and Godley and Creme left the group shortly thereafter. The official versions of "Good Morning Judge" and "People in Love" were performed by Stewart and Gouldman alone, with the help of a few session musicians, for the eventual album release. The "Voodoo Boogie" version of "People in Love" was included in 10cc's limited edition box set Tenology in 2012.

The first single taken from the album, "The Things We Do for Love", reached No. 6 in the UK Singles Chart, No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 in Canada.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman.

Side one[edit]

No.TitleLead vocalsLength
1."Good Morning Judge"Stewart2:55
2."The Things We Do for Love"Stewart3:29
3."Marriage Bureau Rendezvous"Gouldman4:04
4."People in Love"Stewart3:48
5."Modern Man Blues"Gouldman and Stewart5:35

Side two[edit]

No.TitleLead vocalsLength
1."Honeymoon with B Troop"Gouldman2:46
2."I Bought a Flat Guitar Tutor"Stewart1:48
3."You've Got a Cold"Stewart3:36
4."Feel the Benefit
I: "Reminisce and Speculate"
II: "A Latin Break"
III: "Feel the Benefit""
Stewart and Gouldman11:32

Bonus tracks[edit]

1997 remastered version
10. "Hot to Trot" – 4:30
11. "Don't Squeeze Me Like Toothpaste" – 3:39
12. "I'm So Laid Back, I'm Laid Out" – 3:46


  • Eric Stewart – lead and rhythm guitars, lead and backing vocals, keyboards, percussion