How Dare You! (album)

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How Dare You!
10cc how dare you.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 1976
Recorded1975
StudioStrawberry Studios, Stockport, Greater Manchester, England
Genre
Length42:53
LabelMercury
Producer10cc
10cc chronology
100cc
(1975)
How Dare You!
(1976)
Deceptive Bends
(1977)
Singles from How Dare You!
  1. "Art for Art's Sake" b/w "Get It While You Can"
    Released: November 1975
  2. "I'm Mandy Fly Me" b/w "How Dare You"
    Released: March 1976

How Dare You! is the fourth album by British band 10cc. Released in 1976, it included UK hit singles "I'm Mandy Fly Me" and "Art for Art's Sake".[1] The album was the band's third to have cover artwork by the Hipgnosis creative team.

It was also the last 10cc album by the original line-up of Eric Stewart, Graham Gouldman, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme (for the latter two departed shortly thereafter to form Godley & Creme), until the four reformed (albeit briefly) for the 1992 album ...Meanwhile.

Writing and recording[edit]

In an interview at the time of its release, Gouldman told Melody Maker music newspaper: "It's as different as any album by the same band can be, and I think it's a progression from the last one. I think there's been a progression on every album and I think we've done it again. It's a strange mixture of songs. There's one about divorce, a song about schizophrenia, a song about wanting to rule the world, the inevitable money song, and an instrumental."[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[3]
Christgau's Record GuideC[4]

Village Voice critic Robert Christgau wrote in his review of the album: "The putrefaction isn't as extreme as on last year's hit album, but the affliction would seem permanent—they don't know whether they're supposed to be funny or pretty, and so nine times out of then they're neither."[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."How Dare You"instrumental4:14
2."Lazy Ways"
Stewart4:20
3."I Wanna Rule the World"
Creme3:57
4."I'm Mandy Fly Me"
  • Stewart
  • Gouldman
  • Godley
Stewart5:24
5."Iceberg"
  • Gouldman
  • Godley
Gouldman and Godley3:43
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
6."Art for Art's Sake"
  • Stewart
  • Gouldman
Stewart and Creme5:59
7."Rock 'n' Roll Lullaby"
  • Stewart
  • Gouldman
Godley and Stewart3:58
8."Head Room"
  • Creme
  • Godley
Creme4:21
9."Don't Hang Up"
  • Creme
  • Godley
Godley6:16

Bonus tracks[edit]

1997 Reissue bonus track
10. "Get It While You Can" (Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart) – 2:53
Japan Bonus tracks
10. "Art for Art's Sake" (Single Edit)
11. "Get It While You Can"
12. "I'm Mandy Fly Me" (Single Edit)

Personnel[edit]

10cc
Additional musician
  • Mair Jones – harp (9)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Art for Arts Sake at Discogs (list of releases)
  2. ^ Melody Maker interview quoted in CD liner notes
  3. ^ Guarisco, Donald A. "10cc How Dare You review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
  4. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: T". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 15, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.