Wax (UK band)

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Wax
Also known asWorld in Action
Common Knowledge
Origin Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Genres New wave, pop rock
Years active1983–1990, 1997-2000
Labels RCA Records
Associated acts 10cc
Past members Andrew Gold
Graham Gouldman

Wax was a 1980s musical duo formed in Manchester, England, consisting of American singer-songwriter Andrew Gold and 10cc guitarist/bassist Graham Gouldman. In the US, they were listed as Wax UK. The band is best known for the hit singles "Right Between the Eyes" and "Bridge to Your Heart."

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Contents

History

Premise

In 1981, 10cc was working on what would become the album Ten Out of 10 . Andrew Gold was invited to record with the band by Lenny Waronker, head of A&R at Warner Bros, and played keyboards and percussion on the completed album, as well as adding background vocals. [1] The U.S. release of Ten Out of 10 also featured three songs co-written by Gold: "Power of Love," "Runaway" and "We’ve Heard It All Before." [2] It led to an offer to join the band – an offer Gold declined because of other commitments. [3]

10cc English art rock band

10cc are an English rock band founded in Stockport, England, who achieved their greatest commercial success in the 1970s. The band initially consisted of four musicians – Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley, and Lol Creme – who had written and recorded together for some three years, before assuming the name "10cc" in 1972. 10cc featured two songwriting teams, one "commercial" and one "artistic". Stewart and Gouldman were predominantly pop songwriters, who created most of the band's accessible songs. By way of contrast, Godley and Creme were the predominantly experimental half of 10cc, featuring an "art school" sensibility and cinematically-inspired writing.

<i>Ten Out of 10</i> 1981 studio album by 10cc

Ten Out of 10 is the eighth studio album by 10cc. It was released in two different versions for the European and American markets in November 1981 and June 1982 respectively.

Lenny Waronker is an American producer and music industry executive. As the president of Warner Bros. Records, and later, as the co-Chair of DreamWorks Records, Waronker was noted for his commitment to artists and his belief that "music, not money, was still number one."

Initial work

After 10cc split in 1983, Graham Gouldman persuaded Gold to visit him at his home in Mottram St Andrew, England, to write and spend some time together. Gold ended up staying for seven months. During this period, they wrote enough songs for an album. They chose World in Action as the band name and released a single, "Don't Break My Heart." Soon afterwards, they changed the name of the collaboration to Common Knowledge. A second single, "Victoria", was released, but both singles failed to get any attention, and the album was shelved. [4]

Graham Gouldman English Singer/ songwriter; member of 10CC

Graham Keith Gouldman is an English singer, songwriter and musician. He has been the only constant member of the art rock band 10cc.

Mottram St Andrew farm village in the United Kingdom

Mottram St Andrew is a village and civil parish in Cheshire, England. At the 2011 census, it had a population of 493. An affluent village in the Cheshire countryside, it is in the Golden Triangle of Knutsford, Macclesfield and Wilmslow, 15 miles from Manchester. Mottram Hall is a hotel and golfing centre; Lower Manor is the former home of the Mottershead family.

Under the supervision of Harvey Lisberg, Gouldman's long-time manager, the pair started working on songs for a new album, and took the name "Wax." They signed with RCA Records, and released three studio albums between 1986 and 1989. [5] Their most successful British hit was "Bridge to Your Heart," which reached No. 12 in the autumn of 1987, [6] and was supported by European TV appearances including performances of the song on the renowned, high-profile British pop-music showcase Top of the Pops [7] and the German series Peter's Pop Show. [8]

Harvey Lisberg British music manager

Harvey Brian Lisberg is an English music and sporting manager and impresario, best known for discovering Herman's Hermits in 1963 In 1965, he signed songwriter Graham Gouldman, a founder member of 10cc, who Lisberg also managed, along with Godley & Creme, Tony Christie, Barclay James Harvest, Gordon Giltrap, Sad Café, Wax and others. Lisberg still oversees Gouldman's artistic endeavours, and nurtures new talent.

RCA Records is an American record label owned by Sony Music, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America. It is one of Sony Music's four flagship labels, alongside RCA's former long-time rival Columbia Records, Arista Records, and Epic Records. The label has released multiple genres of music, including pop, classical, rock, hip hop, afrobeat, electronic, R&B, blues, jazz, and country. Its name is derived from the initials of its defunct parent company, the Radio Corporation of America (RCA). It was fully acquired by Bertelsmann in 1986, making it a part of Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG); however, RCA Records became a part of Sony BMG Music Entertainment, a merger between BMG and Sony Music, in 2004, and was acquired by the latter in 2008, after the dissolution of Sony BMG and the restructuring of Sony Music. It is the second oldest record label in American history, after sister label Columbia Records.

Bridge to Your Heart 1987 single by Wax

"Bridge to Your Heart" is a song by Wax from their second studio album American English (1987). In many European countries the song was released under the title "Building a Bridge to Your Heart".

Break

In the beginning of 1990, Gouldman was offered the chance to reform 10cc with Eric Stewart. They got back together to record the group's comeback album ...Meanwhile , on which Andrew Gold also appeared, adding guitar to the track "Charity Begins at Home."

Eric Stewart British musician

Eric Michael Stewart is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer, best known as a founding member of the rock groups The Mindbenders with whom he played from 1963 to 1968, and likewise of 10cc from 1972 to 1995. Stewart co-owned Strawberry Studios in Stockport, England from 1968 to the early 1980s, where he recorded albums with 10cc and artists like Neil Sedaka and Paul McCartney. Stewart collaborated with McCartney extensively in the 1980s, playing on or co-writing songs for McCartney's solo albums Tug of War (1982), Pipes of Peace (1983), Give My Regards to Broad Street (1984), and Press to Play (1986). Since 1980, Stewart has released four solo studio albums.

<i>...Meanwhile</i> 1992 studio album by 10cc

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The next 10cc album, Mirror Mirror , also featured Gold. His contributions were backing vocals on "Grow Old With Me" and lead vocals on "Ready to Go Home," the latter co-written by Gold and Gouldman. Despite Gold not being an official member of 10cc, the band still released "Ready to Go Home" with his lead vocals. [9]

<i>Mirror Mirror</i> (10cc album) 1995 studio album by 10cc

Mirror Mirror is the 11th and last album by British rock band 10cc. It was released in 1995 and did not chart in the UK or US. The album was their first not to be released on a major label, as Stewart and Gouldman found themselves without one following the failure of their previous album, the "reunion" project ...Meanwhile.

Later work

After 10cc's second split, Andrew Gold and Graham Gouldman got back together to record new material. This resulted in The Wax Files, released in 1997, putting together six new songs, two previously unreleased tracks, and already released material from the 1980s. [10]

In 1998, their Common Knowledge album was finally released as Common knowledge.com, with four newly recorded tracks, under the Wax name.

A collection of out-takes and rarities, Bikini, was released in 2000. [11]

Discography

Studio albums

Compilation albums

Singles

Other collaborations

Other Gold-Gouldman collaborations can be found on:

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References

  1. 10CC - "Ten Out of 10" Album Credits
  2. 10CC - "Ten Out of 10" Overview
  3. "10cc : A Pure Injection Of Pop". The10ccfanclub.com. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  4. common knowledge.com liner notes Archived 20 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  5. "Andrew Gold - Obituary". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
  6. 1 2 3 Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 593. ISBN   1-904994-10-5.
  7. Wax - Bridge to Your Heart - Top of the Pops - Thursday 20th August 1987
  8. WAX - Bridge to Your Heart - Peter's Pop Show - 1987
  9. 10CC - "Mirror Mirror" Overview
  10. "The Store". Andrewgold.com. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  11. "Bikini by Wax". cdbaby.com. Retrieved 12 June 2019.