‘The drummer said it was crap and we were simply around to scrap the whole thing. Then I heard the studio’s secretary singing it – and also the window-cleaner whistling it’
‘You can’t say that!’ … from left, Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley, Lol Creme and also Graham Gouldmale. Photograph: Alamy
‘You can’t say that!’ … from left, Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley, Lol Creme and also Graham Gouldguy. Photograph: Alamy
Eric Stewart, singer-songwriter, keyboard
I met this gorgeous girl called Gloria at Halifax tvery own hall. I was 18. She was 16. Three years later, we got married. A few years after that, Gloria told me: “You don’t say ‘I love you’ a lot any even more.” I told her that, if I shelp it all the moment, it would certainly sound glib. But I began wondering just how I might say it without using those actual words. So “I’m not in love” ended up being a rhetorical conversation with myself – and also then a song.
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I created the lyrics in a pair of days. The line “I store your image up on the wall, it hides a nasty stain” was around the crack in my bedroom wall at my parents’ home in Manchester. I’d put a photograph of Gloria over it. When I took the song to the band also, they said: “‘I’m not in love’? What the fuck is that? You can’t say that!” But Graham Gouldmale, our bass-player and chord-master, agreed to work on it via me. We both liked The Girl from Ipanema, so provided it a comparable bossa nova style. Then Kevin Godley, our drummer, shelp it was crap.
We were about to scrap it and wipe the tape yet, as I walked roughly the studio, I heard the secretary singing it and the window-cleaner whistling it. I kbrand-new we had a tune: we just hadn’t caught it appropriately. Kevin said doing it again, however with banks of voices. I thought that expected hiring a choir, yet Lol Creme, our keyboard-player, sassist we could carry out it utilizing tape loops.
At first, the song had a middle section that went: “Don’t feel let down. Don’t obtain hung up. We carry out what we deserve to – perform what we have to.” But it was pathetic. We kbrand-new it essential somepoint else. Just as we were mentioning this, our secretary Kathy popped her head round the door to tell us someone was on the phone. Lol heard her voice and said: “What about Kathy?” She took some persuading, but he obtained her to sheight the words: “Be quiet, significant boys don’t cry.” It was beautiful.
When it was done, we thought: “What the hell have we done?” It was six minutes and also 12 secs lengthy, so we knew we’d never before get it on the radio. But, after it showed up on our Initial Soundtrack album, world like Bryan Ferry and Roy Wood were ringing up and going: “You’ve got to release this as a solitary. It’s brilliant.” When it saw No 29, the BBC had to play it, but they asked me to make a much shorter version. I came out through some crap like: “Would you ask Mozart to chop Symphony No 4?” Three weeks later on, it was No 1 about the people.
That was 1975. Gloria and I have actually currently been married for 51 years. And eexceptionally day I tell her: “I love you.”
10CC on phase in the Netherlands in 1975. Photograph: Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns
Lol Creme, keyboard, backing vocalsI’d end up being obsessed via tape loops after listening to the Beatles’ Revolution 9. Our studio used to carry out recordings for the Mellotron, a keyboard that played prevideotaped notes. Session musicians would come in and perform these painstaking recordings for eextremely instrument of an orchestra, one note at a time, so that as soon as they were all played together on a Mellotron it sounded favor an orchestra. I was fascinated by this, and also wanted to attempt it with financial institutions and financial institutions of voices.
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The totality procedure took about a week. It was exceptionally tedious. Three or 4 of us had actually to sing eincredibly note about 14 times, then put echo on it, which offered it that luxurious, velvety harmonic sound. It was beautiful, yet Eric’s vocal was what really made the song.
That lead voice was actually the overview vocal, from the first take you do just to test whatever out. Eric tried to carry out a much better one, yet we all agreed that one had actually the magic. He sang it from the heart.
Eric Stewart’s Anthology LP and autobiography, Things I Do for Love, are out currently, together with the box collection Before, During, After: The Story of 10cc.