How Dare You! (album)

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How Dare You!
10cc how dare you.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 1976
StudioStrawberry Studios, Stockport, Greater Manchester, England
10cc chronology
How Dare You!
Deceptive Bends
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 (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
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 ten they're neither."[4]

Track listing[edit]

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

Bonus tracks[edit]

Bonus tracks on the 1997 CD edition[edit]

10."Get It While You Can"
  • Gouldman
  • Stewart

Bonus tracks on Japanese 2008 CD edition[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
10."Art for Art's Sake (Single Edit)"
  • Stewart
  • Gouldman
Stewart and Creme4:11
11."Get It While You Can"
  • Gouldman
  • Stewart
12."I'm Mandy Fly Me (Single edit)"
  • Stewart
  • Gouldman
  • Godley


Additional musician
  • Mair Jones – harp (9)


Chart (1976) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[5] 15
United Kingdom (Official Charts Company) 5
United States (Billboard 200) 46


  1. ^ Art for Arts Sake at Discogs (list of releases)
  2. ^ Melody Maker interview quoted in CD liner notes
  3. ^ Guarisco, Donald A.. How Dare You! at AllMusic. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: T". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved 15 March 2019 – via
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 307. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.