The designation #1 is just in case this thread actually gets some mileage and calls for further case studies, i.e. “ROcktober”.
Yesterday I was listenting to a Rhodes piano VI clip, and it reminded me of the intro of this song. One of those memory trigger “blast from the past” things, so I investigated further. This song was hugely popular on radio back in the mid 70’s, and while it was odd and unusual it did get my attention. And that’s saying something, considering that at that time I had been recently initiated into the realm of Heavy Rock music (i.e. Aerosmith “Rocks” album release).
The story behind the song turned out to be very interesting. I knew virtually nothing about the band 10cc or this song other than my listening experience over the years, and it’s one I hadn’t heard for a long time until yesterday’s Memory Alpha incident.
I was impressed with the description of recording the vocals, which feature prominently. And this was about the same time that Queen were recording “Bohemian Rhapsody” which garners much more attention. The ‘airy’ and ‘spacey’ sounds also remind me a bit of Jean Michel Jarre “Oxygene” and Gary Wright “Dream Weaver” which were around that same time too. These were perhaps some precursors to what we now call New Age music, in terms of musical textures and ambiance.
I am posting references for you to peruse as you wish. The “Making Of” video features the song in the last half of it. Interesting that they recruited the record label secretary to do that “big boys don’t cry” whispering part. Almost a precursor of ASMR? There were a lot of creative and experimental aspects to the making of this song, as well as how popular it became while not fitting traditional genres.
I’m guessing this song triggers memories and experiences for some of you, so please comment on that or the recording and inspriration aspects if you wish.