10cc is back, and Graham Gouldman is overjoyed: ‘I can’t imagine doing anything else.’
SEVENTIES legends of the music industry Graham Gouldman can’t wait for 10cc to return to the road next spring. He doesn’t enjoy touring, he loves it, as 10cc almost remarked.
Graham, 75, tells me, “I’ve missed it so much.” “It’s a whirlwind. The friendship, the performance… I don’t have to go on a tour. “I’d want to!” After all, he says, “I can’t do anything else; it’s what I do.” True, but not entirely. Despite having Covid — which he described as “not good” — the bassist and singer spent the majority of his free time at his northwest London studio.
Graham adds, “Installing a home studio was one of the nicest things I’ve ever done.” “Without it, life would have been dull.” I’m not going to be able to avoid working. I’ve got to get things done.” “To pay gratitude to the composers, arrangers, and performers who endowed us with their musical creativity,” he composed library music and recorded an album of his favorite songs by other stars, reinterpreting staples like Summertime and Matt Monro’s Somewhere as instrumentals. The revenues will all go to the Help Musicians charity, which helps struggling musicians.
Gouldman is unquestionably a musical genius in his own right. Not only for 10cc, but also for the Yardbirds, Herman’s Hermits, and The Hollies, he’s written more Top Ten singles than Rod Stewart had gorgeous blondes.
He and his 10cc pals once attempted to write the worst pop song ever for a fun. Susan’s Tuba, a Freddie & The Dreamers B-side, became a Top Ten hit in France, he says with a grin, “it was bigger than the A-side,” he chuckles.
Graham was born in Broughton Park, Salford’s “somewhat posh” area. Hymie, his father, was a poet and writer, and Betty, his homemaker mother, was “an extraordinary typist who acted as my dad’s secretary.”
Cliff The Boy, one of Hymie’s poems, was written about his kid, although Graham says they only discovered it after he died. “I believe he would never read it to me since he was a perfectionist. He was a big fan of language. He instilled in me the ability to be unique.” The Everly Brothers, Eddie Cochran, skiffle, and Chuck Berry sparked Gouldman’s early imagination, but “The Beatles hooked me on to composing songs, they were the best thing that ever happened,” he adds. “My cousin Ronnie brought it back,” he says of his first guitar, which he received at the age of eleven. “Brinkwire News Summary.”