Kevin Godley’s got Hog Fever
April 7, 2016 | Dave Thompson
It’s difficult to say what Kevin Godley is most famous for.
For some, it’s his four years behind the drum kit with 10cc, a period during which he played, sang and wrote some of the most deathless songs in that band’s entire catalog.
Certainly the response to a BBC documentary aired last year, marking the fortieth anniversary of the band’s “I’m Not In Love” milestone; and, before that, a mighty box set assembling highlights of the band’s entire career, prove that the band still means an awful lot to a lot of people.
For others, though, it’s the left field art rock of Godley and Creme, the duo he formed (of course) with fellow 2.5cc-er Lol Creme following their split from the band, and who introduced themselves with what remains one of the unsung masterpieces of the prog conceptual era, the sprawling Consequences, before embarking upon a string of still effervescent hits – “Englishman in New York,” “Under Your Thumb,” “Snack Attack”… the list goes on.
For others still, it’s his work as a video director, a pioneer in an art form that was still in its infancy when Godley and, again, Creme, turned their attention to it. They wound up being responsible for what are still some of the most vivacious videos of the MTV age – Duran’s “Girls on Film,” Frankie’s “Two Tribes,” Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit,” the Police’s “Every Breath You Take”… the list goes on.