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Tue May 28, 2019, 03:07 PM

The Making of 10cc's "I'm Not in Love" (+ Original Video)

I'd always wondered what how they created the "ooohs" and "aaaahs" at the beginning. Also, there's a little background info on the woman who whispered "Big boys don't cry... big boys don't cry..." You'll want to watch to hear how that came to be and her recollections of how she was picked to be a part of the song.





"I'm Not in Love" is a song by English group 10cc, written by band members Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman. It is known for its innovative and distinctive backing track, composed mostly of the band's multitracked vocals. Released in the UK in May 1975 as the second single from the band's third album The Original Soundtrack, it became the second of the group's three number-one singles in the UK between 1973 and 1978, topping the UK singles chart for two weeks. The song was also the band's breakthrough hit worldwide, reaching number one in Ireland and Canada and number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, as well as reaching the top 10 in Australia, New Zealand and several European countries.

Written mostly by Stewart as a riposte to his wife's declaration that he did not tell her often enough that he loved her, "I'm Not in Love" was originally conceived as a bossa nova song played on guitars, but the other two members of the band, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme, disliked the track and it was abandoned. However, after hearing members of their staff continue to sing the melody around their studio, Stewart persuaded the group to give the song another chance, to which Godley replied that for the song to work it needed to be radically changed, and suggested that the band should try and create a new version using just voices.

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Tue May 28, 2019, 03:11 PM

1. I came across that video a short while back. I found it fascinating. That song is so evocative...

It takes me back to a very different time whenever I hear it.

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Tue May 28, 2019, 04:45 PM

2. I too, found this some time ago

An astonishing number of vocal track layers that I'd always assumed were
created with synths. The effect is marvelous! While I never enjoyed this tune as much
as "Wall Street Shuffle" or "Dreadlock Holiday" I still get a thrill from those opening notes.

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