Godley and creme

Godley & Creme
Origin Stockport, England
Genres Rock
Pop rock
New Wave (early 1980's work)
Synthpop (early 1980's work)
Years active 1977–1988
Labels Mercury Records
Polydor
Associated acts 10cc
Hotlegs
Doctor Father
The Magic Lanterns
Past members Kevin Godley
Lol Creme

Godley & Creme were an English rock duo composed of Kevin Godley and Lol Creme. The pair began releasing albums as a duo after splitting from the pop band 10cc. In 1979 they directed their first music video for their own single "An Englishman in New York". After this, they became involved in directing videos for such artists as Ultravox, The Police, Duran Duran, Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Wang Chung, as well as directing the ground-breaking promo for their own "Cry" in 1985. The duo split at the end of the 1980s and have both been involved in music videos, TV commercials, and sporadic music projects since.

Musical career

Kevin Godley and Lol Creme met in the late 1950s and for a brief time were in a band together. Through the 1960s they played in different bands, with Godley briefly in The Mockingbirds with Graham Gouldman, who would later work both Godley and Creme in 10cc.

After recording a one-off single under the name of "Yellow Bellow Room Boom" for UK CBS in 1967 ("Seeing Things Green" b/w "Still Life"), the pair began their professional music career together in 1969, performing pop music in Strawberry Studios at Stockport near Manchester with Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman (often mistakenly referred to as being "Bubblegum Music", perhaps because they were contracted by Kasenetz & Katz, who produced bubblegum sub-teen pop in the US on the Buddah label). Their first chart success was as members of the short-lived Hotlegs, which evolved into 10cc in 1972. 10cc enjoyed strong chart success, most notably with their 1975 single "I'm Not in Love", a hit on both sides of the Atlantic.

After the recording of 10cc's fourth LP, How Dare You!, Godley and Creme left the band to work on a project they called "The Gizmo", a device which created a wide variety of sonic textures when attached to the bridge of a guitar. "The Gizmo" was featured heavily on their poorly received concept album Consequences, released in 1977. The album was savaged by critics, but has since accrued a cult following; it features a guest vocal by Sarah Vaughan and an extended comedy performance by Peter Cook.

In a 1997 interview,[1] Godley expressed regret that he and Creme had left 10cc, saying:

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The duo gradually regained critical favour with a trio of innovative albums in the late 1970s and early 1980s – L, Freeze Frame and Ismism (released as Snack Attack in the United States). Freeze Frame included several songs that gained airplay on alternative radio in many countries, notably "I Pity Inanimate Objects" and "An Englishman in New York", which was accompanied by an innovative music video. The single "Snack Attack" was also a minor hit. They made the UK Top Ten with the singles "Under Your Thumb" (a song about the ghost of a suicidal woman who returns to haunt a rail commuter) (No. 3) and "Wedding Bells" (No. 7) in 1981, both from Ismism. Their 1970s single "The Boys in Blue" was played at most Manchester City football club matches in the 1990s and is still occasionally played there.

In 1983, they released Birds of Prey which took their music in a more electronic direction, using electronic drum machines for the entire album.

Their 1984 single "Golden Boy" was included on 1985's The History Mix Volume 1 album which celebrated 25 years of recording together. The album, co-produced by J. J. Jeczalik of Art of Noise, remixed samples of their previous recordings to a disco beat. This album also contained the single "Cry" which, helped in part by the video, became their biggest US hit, reaching No. 16. The song reached No. 19 in Britain. A video cassette was also released with visual imagery to complement the music.

Godley & Creme released their final album, Goodbye Blue Sky, in 1988. This album abandoned electronic instruments and used harmonicas, organs, and guitars to tell the story of the earth on the brink of nuclear war. The pair ended their working relationship soon after the release of the album, and reformed 10cc 3 years later. In a 1997 interview,[1] Creme explained:

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Video direction career

Godley and Creme achieved their greatest success as the innovative directors of more than fifty music videos in the early 1980s. They created memorable videos for The Police ("Every Breath You Take", "Synchronicity II", "Wrapped Around Your Finger"), Duran Duran ("Girls on Film", "A View to a Kill"), Herbie Hancock ("Rockit"), Go West ("We Close Our Eyes"), Frankie Goes to Hollywood ("Two Tribes", "The Power of Love"), Sting ("If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" "Fields of Gold"), and Wang Chung ("Everybody Have Fun Tonight"), among many others, up to Godley's video for the 1996 single from The Beatles, "Real Love", featured in the Beatles Anthology.

The pair's innovation extended to their videos for their own songs, notably "Wide Boy" and "Cry". "Cry"'s groundbreaking and popular 1985 video featured faces blended into each other using analog cross-fading, anticipating the digital effect of morphing, later used in a similar way in Michael Jackson's 1991 video, "Black or White".

Today

Creme joined the avant-garde synthpop group Art of Noise in 1998. Godley continued to direct music videos. In 2006, he once again teamed up with Gouldman, as they released six new tracks under the name GG06.[2]

"Cry" appears on an in-game radio station in Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto IV, released on 29 April 2008.

A cover of the song "Cry" appears on the album Relayted by Minneapolis indie band Gayngs. The video for the song is a remake of the "Cry" video and featured a cameo by Godley.

Discography

Godley & Creme discography
Releases
Studio albums 7
Compilation albums 4
Singles 16
Music videos 8

The discography of Godley & Creme contains 7 studio albums, one of which Consequences, is a triple album and another The History Mix Volume 1 is a hybrid album that is part studio, remix and compilation album. The duo have released four compilation albums, two of which feature material from their former band 10cc. 16 singles were also released by the partnership, though only 5 can be deemed commercially successful. Godley and Creme directed a large number of music videos, 8 of which were for their group.

Studio albums

Year Album Chart Positions
UK
[3]
U.S
1977 Consequences
  • Release Date: 1977
  • Label: Mercury/Phonogram
52
1978 L
  • Release Date: 1978
  • Label: Mercury/Polydor
47
1979 Freeze Frame
  • Release Date: 1979
  • Label: Polydor
1981 Ismism
  • Release Date: October 1981
  • Label: Polydor/Mirage
  • Notes: Titled Snack Attack in US.
29
1983 Birds of Prey
  • Release Date: 1983
  • Label: Polydor
1985 The History Mix Volume 1
  • Release Date: 1985
  • Label: Polydor
37
1988 Goodbye Blue Sky
  • Release Date: 1988
  • Label: Polydor

Compilation albums

Year Album Chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)[4][5]
U.K U.S
1979 Music from Consequences
  • Release Date: 1979
  • Label: Mercury
1987 Changing Faces - The Very Best of 10cc and Godley & Creme
  • Release Date: 1987
  • Label: Polydor
4 Platinum (UK)
1991 The Very Best Of 10cc (And Godley & Creme)
  • Release Date: 1991
  • Label: Mercury/Phonogram
1993 Images
  • Release Date: 1993
  • Label: Spectrum Music

Singles

Year Title Album Chart Positions
UK
[3]
DEU
[6]
IRL
[7]
NL
[8]
US
1977 "5 O'Clock in the Morning" Consequences
1978 "Sandwiches of You" L
1979 "An Englishman in New York" Freeze Frame 25 7
1980 "Submarine"
"Wide Boy"
1981 "Under Your Thumb" Ismism 3 7 13
"Wedding Bells" 7 13 44
1982 "Snack Attack"
"Save a Mountain for Me" Birds of Prey
1983 "Samson"
1984 "Golden Boy" The History Mix Volume 1
1985 "Cry" 19 8 27 13 16
1986 "Cry (Remix)" 66
1987 "Snack Attack (Remix)" Changing Faces
1988 "A Little Piece of Heaven" Goodbye Blue Sky 26 17
"10,000 Angels"

Music videos

Godley & Creme music videos
  • "An Englishman in New York" (1979)
  • "Wide Boy" (1980)
  • "Wedding Bells" (1982)
  • "Save A Mountain For Me" (1983)
  • "Golden Boy" (1984)
  • "Cry" / "History Mix 1" (1985)
  • "A Little Piece of Heaven" (1987)
  • "10,000 Angels" (1988)
Partial list of music videos directed by Godley and Creme

1979

1980

  • Godley & Creme - "Wide Boy"

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

  • Godley & Creme - "10,000 Angels"
  • And Why Not - "Restless days"

References

External links

  • "Mr. Blint's Attic", a site devoted to Consequences album interesting uncut interviews with Kevin Godley and Lol Creme
  • Windows operating system)
  • Music Video Database - Godley & Creme videography
  • 2007 Rock N Roll Universe Kevin Godley Interview

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