10cc: “People In Love” (1977)

I’ve always heard this as a pale successor to “The Things We Do For Love.” THAT song was a roller-coaster ride; this is more of a swan ride. Still it’s a lovely track, fit if not for a king than at least one PM I know. Like most of their singles, the B side is a nonalbum track, promisingly titled “Don’t Squeeze Me Like Toothpaste.” It’s not as silly as it sounds, but a country-pop song with some sweet guitar playing and a good melody. Toothpaste or not, the band lost most of their teeth when Godley and Creme dropped out, as these two tracks confirm.

Original 7-inch single version (UK)
A1. People In Love (Eric Stewart/Graham Gouldman)
B1. I’m So Laid Back I’m Laid Out (Eric Stewart/Graham Gouldman)

Original 7-inch single version (US/Japan)
A1. People In Love (Eric Stewart/Graham Gouldman) (3:42)
B1. Don’t Squeeze Me Like Toothpaste (Eric Stewart/Graham Gouldman) (3:44)

The Plastic
Released on 7-inch single in May 1977 in the UK (Mercury, 6008 028), the US (Mercury, 73917) and Japan (Mercury, SFL-2181); reached #40 on the US charts (charted on May 21, 1977 for 7 weeks). Regional versions feature picture sleeve. Also released as promotional 7-inch single in 1977 in the US (Mercury, DJ-496) feat. A only.

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