Look Hear?

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Look Hear?
10cc normal.jpg
Studio album by
Released28 March 1980
Genre
Length45:06
LabelMercury (UK original release)
7T's (UK 2008 reissue)
Warner Bros. (U.S.)
Producer10cc
10Cc chronology
Greatest Hits 1972–1978
(1979)
Look Hear?
(1980)
Ten Out of 10
(1981)
Singles from Look Hear?
  1. "One Two Five" b/w "Only Child"
    Released: February 1980
  2. "It Doesn't Matter at All" b/w "From Rochdale to Ocho Rios"
    Released: May 1980
U.S. cover
U.S. release of Look Hear?
U.S. release of Look Hear?
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

Look Hear? is the seventh studio album by 10cc, released in 1980. It reached No. 35 in the UK and No. 180 in the United States.

Overview[edit]

The album was recorded after a long break the band had to take due to Eric Stewart's car accident in January 1979 that left him with blindness in one eye and temporary hearing loss in one ear[2][3] and was the first by 10cc since the departure of Godley and Creme to include songs written by neither Graham Gouldman or Eric Stewart.

Like previous albums, it was recorded at the band's Strawberry Studios South in Dorking, Surrey. The cover art, created by Hipgnosis, led to speculation that the album was titled Are You Normal and underwent significant alteration for the album's U.S. release: the prominent display of the words "Are you normal" was replaced by a photo of a sheep relaxing on a beach, a similar image of which had appeared only as a small insert on the UK cover.

Release and reception[edit]

The album was the band's first for their new label in the U.S., Warner Bros. Records.

Two singles were lifted from the album: "One Two Five (edit)"/"Only Child" and "It Doesn't Matter at All"/"From Rochdale to Ocho Rios". While the singles failed to chart in the U.K. "One Two Five" reached #9 in Norway.[4] In the U.S. only "It Doesn't Matter at All" was released (B-side changed to "Strange Lover") and it failed to chart.

Both Gouldman and Stewart would later express their disappointment with the album's lukewarm reception, but they would also acknowledge that their hearts might not have been in it. At the time of its making, Stewart was still recovering from an automobile accident. They also admit that the hiatus the band was forced to go into following Stewart's accident was the beginning of the end, and that musical tastes had shifted in the interim.[2]

The album was reissued in 2008 on CD with bonus tracks from "One-Two-Five" single.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "One-Two-Five" (Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart) – 5:21
  2. "Welcome to the World" (Rick Fenn, Duncan Mackay) – 3:43
  3. "How'm I Ever Gonna Say Goodbye" (Fenn, Gouldman) – 3:38
  4. "Don't Send We Back" (Fenn) – 3:20
  5. "I Took You Home" (Stewart) – 5:18
  6. "It Doesn't Matter at All" (Gouldman, Stewart) – 4:01
  7. "Dressed to Kill" (Gouldman, Stewart) – 3:26
  8. "Lovers Anonymous" (Gouldman, Stewart) – 5:06
  9. "I Hate to Eat Alone" (Gouldman) – 2:57
  10. "Strange Lover" (Gouldman, Stewart) – 3:44
  11. "L.A. Inflatable" (Gouldman, Stewart) – 4:32
Bonus tracks on the 2008 CD reissue
  1. "One-Two-Five" (Edited Single Version) (Gouldman, Stewart) – 4:04
  2. "Only Child" (Gouldman, Stewart) – 3:13

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b "Stewart's BBC Radio Wales interview". The10ccfanclub.com. Retrieved 10 August 2010.
  3. ^ "10cc : A Pure Injection Of Pop". The10ccfanclub.com. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Norwegian charts portal". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 22 June 2019.