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HOTLEGS: THINKS - SCHOOL STINKS

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2 stars Thinks: School Stinks is the sole album by pre- 10CC band Hotlegs. Graham Gouldman was not a part of Hotlegs as he was working in New york as a staff songwriter for Super K Productions ( Which all future members of 10CC had written music for). Hotlegs was just another one of Eric Stewart, Lol Creme and Kevin Godley`s band names under which they put out singles in the early seventies. But Hotlegs was a bit different as The Neanderthal Man single became a worldwide hit and sold more than two million copies. With that success in mind Hotlegs set out to record a full album.

The music on Thinks: School Stinks is no surprise if youīre familiar with 10CC. Mildly experimental pop/ rock songs with silly humour ( you decide if thatīs a good or a bad thing). Neanderthal Man starts the album and quite frankly itīs a bit hard to understand why the single with this song sold two million copies. Itīs very repetitive and silly ( Oh now I know why it sold two million copies!). Um Wah, Um Woh is not much better while I kind of enjoy How Many Times and Take Me Back. The album is very inconsistent and is a mix of silly and more serious songs. The only thing resembling progressive rock is the 12:53 minute long Suite F.A.: On My Way/Indecision/The Return. Mostly acoustic driven but with some string sections too. Allright but nothing more.

The musicianship is on a very high level but again thatīs no surprise if you know the extremely high musical standards of 10CC.

The production isnīt the best but again some songs sound better than others.

Thinks: School Stinks is not the most recommendable album in the world, but for fans of 10CC itīs pretty interesting and not bad at all. A 2 star rating will be my final words.

UMUR | 2/5 |

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