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10cc/Godley & Creme Legend Kevin Godley Begins PledgeMusic Campaign For New Solo Album “MUSCLE MEMORY” & Seeks Musical Collaborators

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10cc/Godley & Creme Legend Kevin Godley Begins PledgeMusic Campaign For New Solo Album “MUSCLE MEMORY” & Seeks Musical Collaborators

London – 10cc/Godley & Creme legend Kevin Godley is starting a PledgeMusic campaign for his highly anticipated new solo album “MUSCLE MEMORY.” What makes this album special, along with being his very first solo album, is that it will be comprised of collaborations between Kevin and, as yet, a cast of unknown musicians submitting instrumental tracks that he can turn into songs.

Kevin Godley’s PledgeMusic campaign will have digital, CD and LP versions of the album available plus other merchandise and live experiences in the form of a workshop, video shoot visit and listening party/Q&A.

View the project here: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/kevin-godley-muscle-memory

Write and record with me:

Recently something happened that eclipsed any songwriting techniques I’d learned in 10cc or Godley & Creme. Out of the blue, I was sent 2 recorded instrumental tracks with requests to write melodies and lyrics and turn them into songs. Both tracks came from people I’d never met and still haven’t.

We communicated by email and all I did was load their tracks into Garageband and react to them vocally. Experiencing this kind of remote collaboration and its results has been transformational for me, as I believe I’ve recorded 2 of my best ever songs and “MUSCLE MEMORY,” as I’m calling the album, will be about opening this collaborative door a lot wider.

It’s my first time out fronting a record so it’s exciting and daunting in equal measure but it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and with your help I intend to make it count. The idea is to work on 10 new tracks that inspire me and share the copyright 50/50 with each writer or co-writers. It’s that simple.

Please send me your music:

That’s any genre, any tempo, any mood, but please don’t send me anything too predictable! I thrive on unusual structures and sounds. Tracks must be original, instrumental recordings, ideally lasting between 3 and 5 mins and should be uploaded as stereo mixes to: musclememorysubmissions@gmail.com

Just to be really clear…submissions are open to anyone. That’s new and emerging acts through to established musicians. I’ve already had interest from a few significant artists but my selection process will be totally democratic so I won’t be revealing any names until I’ve listened to everyone and everything and begun to select my 10 collaborators.

The timeline of the release will depend on the submissions, but I plan to have the album released in the first half of 2018 and will be posting regular updates along the way to keep you informed of its progress.

Around the album’s release I’ll be opening the door for both creatives and fans to be a part of the album recording process, with live events taking place which you can Pledge to be a part of.

Thanks for reading!

Kevin Godley

Terms & Conditions for submissions:
– Each submission must be an original recording made by the submitter in a stereo WAV format and ideally be around 3-5 minutes long.
– All submissions must consist of 100% original content, composed by the submitter. No covers or samples are to be included.
– The submitter must have retained and own all rights associated with the composition and must have sole rights to the material submitted.
– Audio stems must be available.
– The submission must not have previously been published or included in any other published work.
– The submitter agrees that any submitted work may form the basis of a joint collaboration with KG.
– KG does not guarantee working with any particular party with regards to their submission, but in the instances that he does, the revised/reworked “Collaboration Composition” (CC) will become the joint property of both KG and the submitter.
– All publishing copyrights to Collaboration Content will be owned 50:50 between KG and the owner/submitter of the original material.
– Any publishing income derived from the publishing of or any use of the Collaboration Content, will be split 50:50 be-tween the parties.
– The submitter agrees to allow any and all collaborative compositions to be used by KG for the purpose of creating an audio track and/or album.
– The level of collaborative interaction between KG and collaborators will be down to KG’s discretion.
– All submissions must be made via WeTransfer.com to the email address musclememorysubmissions@gmail.com with your name and contact details in the message. Please do not approach KG directly.

Live Experiences:
Workshop: Join Kevin Godley part way through recording the album and add your own voices and sounds to some of the tracks. He will record you, demo his studio techniques and talk guests through the record’s progress. The evening will conclude with an informal Q&A session.

Video Shoot Visit: Visit the set or location during the shooting of a video for a key album track and maybe get the opportunity to appear on-camera as an extra.

Album Playback and Q&A: Attend an exclusive Album Playback with Kevin Godley to hear the finished record before anyone else and take part in an informal Q&A session about the recording of the new album. Date and location TBC.

Album Formats:
– Download
– CD
– LP (180g vinyl)
– CD plus name in album credits
– LP plus name in album credits

Merchandise:
– T-shirt
– Signed print
– Handwritten and Signed lyric sheet

For more information: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/kevin-godley-muscle-memory

PledgeMusic contact: julian.wall@pledgemusic.com

Kevin Godley’s official website: http://www.kevin-godley.com/

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (US), glassonyonpr@gmail.com


10cc/Godley & Creme Legend Kevin Godley Launches Official Website Feat. Rare and Unreleased Video and Audio Content!

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10cc/Godley & Creme Legend Kevin Godley Launches Official Website Feat. Rare and Unreleased Video and Audio Content!

Ireland – 10cc/Godley & Creme legend and renowned video director Kevin Godley has launched his Official Website http://www.kevin-godley.com featuring rare and unreleased video and audio content. The website comes on the heels of the release of his critically acclaimed autobiography SPACECAKE, an interactive e-book, available for download from iBooks at:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/spacecake/id976249225?mt=11
http://www.gg06.co.uk/shop/section.php?xSec=2

and his Ear Movie HOG FEVER (written by Godley and Richard LaPlante).
Available from:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hog-Fever-Episodes-1-5/dp/B016P21UGY/ref=sr_1_3_twi_audd_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1449013874&sr=8-3&keywords=hog+fever
http://www.amazon.com/Hog-Fever-Episodes-Full-Cast-Theater/dp/1504657101/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1449014251&sr=8-1&keywords=hog+fever
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hog-fever-episodes-1-5-richard-la-plante/1122581685?ean=9781504657099&quickview=true

Says Kevin about the new website, “Creatively I’m all over the place but, as of now, I’m all over the one place. http://www.kevin-godley.com isn’t a museum it’s a meseum. Music, film clips, drawings, facts, figures, histories and futures.”

Amongst the unreleased content found in the website is a fascinating new video of the classic 10cc track “Somewhere In Hollywood”. A brand new recorded track with French EDM producer LUKE MORNAY called “Expecting A Message” and “Fashion Aid” the fashion industry’s contribution to Bob Geldof’s unstoppable 1985 campaign.

KEVIN GODLEY is an English musician, writer, artist, inventor, and award-winning music video director. He was a founder member of Art Rock band 10cc and Godley & Creme. His music video credits include tracks by the Beatles, Paul McCartney, U2, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Keane, Eric Clapton, Alabama 3, Lou Reed and Hozier. He is also the founder of Youdio (WholeWorldBand), an audio/video music collaboration app.

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com


Kevin Godley Interview with Goldmine Magazine

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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.

For the rest of the biography and the interview, please visit the Goldmine website!


What’s music legend KEVIN GODLEY (10cc / Godley & Creme) doing now? HOG FEVER the Ear Movie, that’s what.

Hog Fever

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What’s music legend KEVIN GODLEY (10cc / Godley & Creme) doing now?
HOG FEVER the Ear Movie, that’s what.

RICHARD LA PLANTE: I’m dribbling into a microphone in a tiny LA sound studio, trying to record an audio book of my memoir HOG FEVER and the sound engineer looks as bored as I feel. Then a thought hits me like the crack of thunder from a V-Twin exhaust. Boom! Why don’t I do the Hog Fever screenplay, not the book, and get real actors, Terence Stamp, sound effects, Rock music, the works? I’ll phone my writing buddy, Kevin Godley – the Scorsese of music video and we’ll call it an, an…

KEVIN GODLEY: An Ear Movie? Damn right! Once Terence was in, I was, but what the hell is an Ear Movie anyway? Well, it’s a pure audio experience with music plus all the production values of a movie but without any er…pictures! Anyway, once we started writing, a few things became obvious. A) Lose anything that relies on seeing. B) Don’t get lost in sound for sound’s sake. C) Write until your eyes bleed…but hey, who needs eyes, anyway? We’re making an EAR MOVIE!

“HOG FEVER should be outlawed. It’s contagious.” – Sunday Times

Midway between the satire of Spinal Tap and the pathos of American Beauty lies the schizophrenic state of mind known as Hog Fever. On the surface this is the story of a man, a motorcycle, and a teetering bank balance. But lurking beneath is the story of a lost soul in search of freedom – or at least one last stab at it. Motivated by the emasculating success of his British screenwriter wife and a love of Easy Rider and The Wild One, Robert Lourdes, a struggling American author on the cusp of forty, finds solace in the Harley-Davidson legend. Hog Fever is Robert’s comedy of errors as he embarks on a toot, tattoo-and-testosterone-fueled quest to find himself.

The HOG FEVER CD and download comprises Episodes 1 through 5 plus bonus music soundtrack including 4 original songs by Kevin Godley (10 CC, Godley & Creme, GG/06) ‘The Bad & The Beautiful’ ‘Work Song’ ‘Just Write’ and ‘Confession.’ and a special track by Daniel Ash (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets) ‘Flame On.’

*Features Oscar nominee Terence Stamp and a full supporting cast
*Adapted for the ears by Kevin Godley from Richard La Plante’s memoir Hog Fever
*Directed by Kevin Godley
*Produced by Escargot Books
*Sound design by Kevin Godley and Ivan Jackman
*Original songs by Richard La Plante, Mark Ling, Daniel Ash, Billy Goodrum, and Kevin Godley
*Original songs produced by Greg Penny and Kevin Godley
*Incidental music written and produced by Kevin Godley and Ivan Jackman

TERENCE STAMP: is an actor. His first title role, in Peter Ustinov’s Billy Budd, earned him a Golden Globe, in 1962 and an Academy Nomination. He followed this with Modesty Blaise, Poor Cow and Far From The Madding Crowd, his classic portrayal of General Zod in Superman and Superman II, then the films Wall Street, Legal Eagles, The Hit and his award-winning performance in Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert. The title role in Steven Soderbergh’s The Limey, returned him to leading man status and recently Stamp has worked beside Jim Carrey, Tom Cruise, and Matt Damon. His latest film is Big Eyes, directed by Tim Burton. His first Ear Movie is Hog Fever, directed by Kevin Godley.

RICHARD LA PLANTE: is a musician, songwriter and the bestselling author of eight novels and two memoirs, including HOG FEVER, on which this fictionalized Ear Movie is based.

KEVIN GODLEY: is a musician, writer, artist, inventor, and award-winning music video director. He was a founder member of Art Rock band 10cc and Godley & Creme. His music video credits include the Beatles, U2, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Keane, Eric Clapton, Snow Patrol, Alabama 3, and Lou Reed. He is also the founder of WholeWorldBand, an audio/video music collaboration app.

To purchase HOG FEVER:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hog-Fever-Episodes-1-5/dp/B016P21UGY/ref=sr_1_3_twi_audd_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1449013874&sr=8-3&keywords=hog+fever
http://www.amazon.com/Hog-Fever-Episodes-Full-Cast-Theater/dp/1504657101/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1449014251&sr=8-1&keywords=hog+fever
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hog-fever-episodes-1-5-richard-la-plante/1122581685?ean=9781504657099&quickview=true

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com


Vanguard Online Interview with Kevin Godley

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Kevin Godley’s Spacecake – Interview
RYAN PRICE
JUNE 18, 2015

Kevin Godley’s long and illustrious career in music is something to be marvelled at. From his early success as a founding member of the successful rock band 10cc, and duo Godley and Creme, to becoming one of the most sought after and innovative music video directors of his generation, he has well and truly done it all and worked with some of the biggest names in music in the process. Spacecake is a truly entertaining and honest account of one mans experience of the sleazy world of Rock & Roll and the heights of musical success.

I just finished the book, I found it to be very funny which I didn’t expect. Was that a conscious effort to try and make it that way?

Kevin: When I first started writing it it naturally seemed to fall out like that. I have a tendency to look at life as a series of absurdities. So it kind of wrote itself in that respect.

The book has been described as part-autobiography / part-creative manual. What was the initial idea?

Kevin: Well, I’d never really considered writing a book before, but the more I thought about it the more I thought it’d be a good challenge. The thing that was mostly interesting was the fact that it could be an interactive experience, that I didn’t have to rely on the written word for people to be entertained by the book. They can actually see things and listen to things while they are reading. It’s more of a 3d experience, which is exactly what it should be.

Looking back at your first steps in music with Hotlegs and the success of Neanderthal Man, you reflect in the book that you feel as though you sold yourself in many ways to the commercial aspect of the industry. How much did this experience contribute to the formation of 10cc and its success?

Kevin: I think everything we did up to that point contributed to it whether we knew it or not. What we were doing essentially was learning by doing. Although some of the stuff we did we didn’t think was great, every time we did anything it coalesced in our brains without us knowing it was happening.

I get the impression in the book that Strawberry Studios in Stockport was the perfect environment to find yourself and to have that period of trial and error?

Kevin: We were incredibly lucky. We were in a unique situation in that we were away from the main hub of the music business being out of London and in the sticks. Therefore we had the run of the place when it wasn’t being used as a commercial studio and we were allowed to play, which is exactly what we did. We played as opposed to working. The whole experience was a sort of voyage of discovery.

For the rest of the interview, please visit the Vanguard-Online website!


10cc/Godley & Creme Legend Kevin Godley Releases New Book SPACECAKE on iBooks!

Kevin Godley Spacecake

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10cc/Godley & Creme Legend Kevin Godley Releases New Book SPACECAKE on iBooks!

Ireland – SPACECAKE chronicles the misadventures of a debauched and dangerous masochist as he tantrums his way through the sleazy worlds of Rock & Roll, music video and technology, each squalid escapade dragging him ever deeper into a repugnant maelstrom of sordid excess…well sort of. A wee bit. Actually…not remotely.

It’s all about the work really.

If you don’t recognize the name, Kevin Godley was a founder member of ground breaking UK band 10cc. (Their single, “I’m Not In Love” continues to be one of the best selling records of all time). As one half of Godley & Creme he went on to pioneer the notion of music video as an art form and was responsible for iconic clips by artists such as Herbie Hancock, The Police, Duran Duran, Lou Reed & Frankie Goes to Hollywood etc, continuing to up his game in solo mode with U2, Frank Sinatra, Paul McCartney, The Beatles & Blur amongst others. KG thrives on re-inventing himself and SPACECAKE, his first book, takes you on an interactive tour of his life via pictures, music, film clips and 27 chapters of abstract insight into how everything from the first hits to WholeWorldBand, his music/video collaboration app, got made. It’s dark in some of the corners though…so make sure you bring a torch.

Kevin Michael Godley (born 7 October 1945, Prestwich, Lancashire, England) is a British musician, writer and music video director.

He was born in a family with Jewish ancestry, and went to North Cestrian Grammar School in Altrincham. His first band was Group 17 which had its origins in the Jewish Lads Brigade (The JLB). The members were Henri Shalam, Bernard Suffrin, Sydney Kaye and Jeffrey Baker, whose father may have inspired the “Sergeant Baker” character in the 10cc song, “Rubber Bullets”.

While attending art college in Manchester Godley met Lol Creme and formed several bands, most notably Hotlegs and 10cc. After leaving 10cc the two became known as Godley & Creme, both as musicians and music video / TV commercials directors. They won many MTV awards for their unique films and were jointly nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Music Video, Long Form for: The Police: Synchronicity Concert in 1986.

Godley writes, sings, and plays drums and percussion and in 1990 conceived and directed the TV music special “One World One Voice” that featured a global piece of music focussing on environmental and ecological issues. Godley also became a vegetarian during this period.

Both Godley and Lol Creme briefly “reunited” with their former 10cc bandmates Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman on the 1992 album, “Meanwhile”. However, Godley claims that their involvement with the project was very limited, as the album was dominated by studio musicians. He performed the lead vocal on “The Stars Didn’t Show”, the band’s tribute to the late Roy Orbison. It was the only song on the album not sung by Stewart. Following “Meanwhile”, Godley and Creme went their separate ways.

He reunited with another former 10cc member, Graham Gouldman, to record new music in 2006 as GG/06, and together they have recorded six new songs which are available via their website http://www.gg06.co.uk

Recently, Godley has moved into developing a music platform that combines audio and video to create a global recording studio in the cloud called “WholeWorldBand” (www.wholeworldband.com). The company was nominated for the “SXSW Music Accelerator Award” in 2013 and was one of eight finalists selected from a pool of over 500.

SPACECAKE, the book, is available for download from iBooks and can be read on any Mac iOS device.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/spacecake/id976249225?mt=11

http://www.gg06.co.uk/shop/section.php?xSec=2

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com


‘The Epic Kevin Godley, 10 cc Rock legend, Video producer for McCartney, U2 & Sting…’ – Herald de Paris

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The Epic Kevin Godley, 10 cc Rock legend, Video producer for McCartney, U2 & Sting…