Reason #341 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: The History Mix, Volume 1

GodleyCreme-HistoryMix-400pxI was all ready to do a post on Lol Creme and Kevin Godley’s best album (as a duo. their best work was obviously during their time with 10cc), Freeze Frame, until I noticed that it was released in 1979. Crap. My favorite song from that album, An Englishman From New York, was released as a single in 1980, if memory serves, and the primary reason for my incorrect assumption. I like to try and feature studio efforts, but in the case of sirs Godley and Creme I’m gonna fudge a little and include a compilation album.

It contains AEINY, thankfully, but is otherwise made up of reworked/remixed odds and sods from their tenure in 10cc and as a duo, some stitched together like a Frankenstein monster. But, hey, it works! The wonderful CRY (you remember the video, if not the song, I’m sure) is the true standout, but Golden Boy, Wet Rubber Soup (containing bits from Life Is A Ministrone, Cry, I’m Not In Love and Rubber Bullets) and Save A Mountain For Me are almost its equal.

The fact that the great Trevor Horn produced only adds to the value. A fascinating artifact of the ’80’s. Here’s the video for CRY, a little dated but groundbreaking for the time. The second video of An Englishman In New York is much more fascinating. Some of the elements used here were reused for Herbie Hancock’s Rockit video, which G&C produced.