I'm Not In Love

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    Words and music courtesy of Eric Stewart & Graham Gouldman

    When Dennis Englewood sings his relevant version of the 10cc tune, which he calls it a breakup song, he means, "I'm a brokenhearted man without my wife and family due to family issues and concerns when suffering from the tortures of the memory of a lost love while in need of somebody new as a fiancée to be my bride." As Dennis' backing vocalist Joyce Berry once said, "I don't like the be-quiet-big-boys-don't-cry mid-section, because that part in the middle makes no kind of sense and every time I hear the echoed repetitive phrase, "Big boys don't cry " over and over again like a broken record, to me, it gets annoying!, I'd rather leave it out!"

    The 10cc original from 1975 is mainly all about a man denying he's in love, but deceiving himself.

    American soul singer and backing vocalist Dennis Englewood said "For my soul ballad remake of the 10cc tune, "I'm Not In Love" I would ask the horn players from The Thom Bell Orchestra to play the Synclavier choir parts to make it more straightforward in order to avoid the synthesizers that drive me up the wall and also in order to make it less jazzy, we wanted to do it in the key of E, modulating to the G towards the end of the song to give it our own take. When I sing the line, 'I'm Not In Love', that means I'm hurt,depressed at heart, lonely with no love, and isolated without my wife and family due to family issues when suffering the tortures of the memory of a lost love while in need of somebody new as a fiancee to be my bride , which is the opposite of the other 'I'm Not In Love' that is mainly all about a man lying to himself saying he is not in love".

    Here is the story:

    This song incorporated the backing of a large wordless choir, which in reality was the group's voices. It was painstakingly built up from chord loops and multi tracks: some 256 vocal dubs were required to complete the lush harmonies behind Eric Stewart's vocal.
    The idea for the song came from Stewart saying to his wife that if he kept saying "I Love You" over and over, it wouldn't mean anything even though he did love her.
    The whispered vocals of "Be quiet, big boys don't cry" came from the secretary of Strawberry Studios, Kathy Redfern.
    The four members of 10cc had been on the British music scene for a while when they formed. Vocalist/guitarist Graham Gouldman was a former member of the Mockingbirds and had written hits for Jeff Beck, the Yardbirds, the Hollies and Herman's Hermits. Singer/guitarist Eric Stewart was a former member of Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, and vocalists/multi-instrumentalists Lol Creme and Kevin Godley were both highly regarded studio musicians.

    They originally formed in 1970 as a session band known as Hotlegs, and had a surprise hit with "Neanderthal Man." They then signed to pop mogul Jonathan King's UK label and recorded 11 UK Top Ten hits, including two other #1s, "Rubber Bullets
    " in 1973 and "Dreadlock Holiday" in 1978. Creme and Godley left the band by the time "Dreadlock Holiday" was recorded to concentrate on video production as well as developing the Gizmo, a guitar modification device they invented. They had one other US Top Ten hit in 1977, "The Things We Do For Love," which reached #5.

    Other films that have used the song include:
    The Stud (1978)
    The Virgin Suicides (1999)
    Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999)
    Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)
    He's Just Not That Into You (2009)

    Among the TV series to use it are:
    EastEnders
    That '70s Show
    The Office
    Veronica Mars
    Medium
    Big Love

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    In 1975, Susan Dey starred in Cage Without a Key, a TV movie for CBS where she received top-billing for the first time in her career. She had previously appeared in another TV movie in 1973, Terror on the Beach, but in that project she was billed as a special guest star. Cage Without a Key was also Susan Dey's first social issue drama, a theme she would revisit frequently during her 25 year career.

    In Cage Without a Key, Susan Dey portrays Valerie Smith, a 17 year old who gets caught up in a series of circumstances which spiral out of control. It all begins after she accepts a ride from a young man named Buddy Goleta (played by Sam Bottoms), a person that she does not know. The guy turns out to be a junkie and forces Susan Dey's character to take part in a liquor store robbery, which quickly goes wrong after the guy shoots a couple people and the police arrive.

    Charged with taking part in the crime, Susan Dey must go to court. Luckily, she gets a young and intelligent public defender (played by Michael Brandon). Unluckily, Sam Bottoms character decides to lie on the stand and implicates her. Susan Dey is found guilty and sentenced to do time at San Marcos School for Girls, a rehabilitation center/prison for juvenile girls.

    At San Marcos, Susan Dey finds herself the target of recruitment attempts by two warring cliques. She resists initially, but gradually gets worn down by the negative atmosphere of the place and eventually befriends a young black inmate named Tommy (played by Jonelle Allen). Meanwhile, her public defender Michael Brandon works to find a way to free the wrongly accused Susan Dey.

    Cage Without a Key was written by Joanna Lee, who would also write Susan Dey's next TV movie, Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night.
    everythingsusandey.blogspot.com/2011/04/susan-dey-in-cage-without-key.html

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American soul singer and backing vocalist Dennis Englewood said, "When I first heard my favorite popular 10cc song about broken relationships, called, 'I'm Not In Love' that I wanted to do soul ballad record of instead of an epic record, I noticed that there were too many Synclavier choir voices that sounded awful to me, so I said, 'I don't like those Synclavier voices that are so horrible! They don't seem right to me! I can't use that in my soul ballad remake! I'd rather be using real
instruments in my sweet soul ballad cover of the song, originally done
by British band 10cc.' When I also heard Kathy Warren, the studio
secretary from Strawberry Recording Studios say the irrelevant line: 'Be quiet, big boys don't cry', I said 'No, I can't say 'Be quiet, big boys
don't cry', because that part in the middle sounds very irrelevant and
it doesn't fit the breakup song! Over the instrumental break I'd rather
not say it! I like to make this breakup song more relevant and
sing-songy, so on my soulful version of that song I want to sing in the
range of sweet tenor, almost like in a low falsetto like David Pack from
the pop group Ambrosia and Russell Thompkins, Jr. from the pop-soul group The Stylistics, plus me and my friends as backing singers wanted to sound like Ashford & Simpson on backing vocals on that tune in order to avoid the strange wall of sound."

As telegraph.co.uk once said:

I'm Not in Love: the story of the hit song that nearly never happened

Depending on your age or taste in music, you may not have heard of 10cc. But it’s likely that you will have heard their most famous song, I’m Not in Love, and be able to hum its titular refrain. The song won three Ivor Novello awards after its release in 1975, despite the fact the band struggled to get it played on radio at the complete length of more than six minutes.

Manchester quartet 10cc nearly dropped the song too, but dramatically reworked it in Stockport’s Strawberry Studios over the course of several weeks to create one of the most innovative pop songs of the 20th century.
That ‘silly phase’ was actually a 50-year marriage

“It’s just a silly phase I’m going through”, sings Eric Stewart, who co-wrote the song with Graham Gouldman. However, the song was inspired by a comment his wife, Gloria – then of eight years, now of nearer 50 – made, that he didn’t tell her he loved her often enough.

Stewart told Sound on Sound in 2005 that he didn’t want to devalue the meaning of the phrase by saying it too frequently, but her thoughts made him “try to figure out another way of saying it, and the result was that I chose to say 'I'm not in love with you,' while subtly giving all the reasons throughout the song why I could never let go of this relationship."

He took the beginnings of the song into the Studios, which he part-owned, and bassist Gouldman, known to the band as GiGi, volunteered to help write the rest. They finished it in three days, after working on it with a couple of guitars.
Only the band know what the original version sounded like

Long before the song’s celestial chords were even thought about, I’m Not in Love was a bossa nova number – one of the reasons why it was scrapped early on. The band, which at the time consisted of Lol Creme and Kevin Godley as well, made decisions democratically, and Godley and Creme vetoed the song. Godley said: “It's not working, man. It's just crap, right? Chuck it,” Stewart recalls. The tape was erased, which “worked [Stewart] off no end at the time”, and which means there’s no record of it now, either.

It survived because it was catchy

Even after the song was deleted Stewart heard it being sung absent-mindedly by employees at the studio, which convinced him that I’m Not in Love was worth working on. Secretary Kathy Redfern shaped her own destiny as the voice speaking in the song’s middle eight after telling the band: “Why didn't you finish that song? I really love it. It's the nicest thing you've ever done.”

This led to 10cc picking it back up again, and, several weeks later, asking her to record the refrain “Be quiet, boys don’t cry” after she interrupted the band with a phone call for Stewart – her words would later influence Eighties band Boys Don’t Cry.
The a cappella idea came from ‘the wacky baccy’

Godley was only happy to give I’m Not in Love another try if the band would “totally mess it up and do it like nobody has ever recorded a thing before”, and settled on an a cappella vocal instrumentation, made by endless loops of a chromatic scale – or 13 notes, all one pitched one note above the other.

Stewart said: “‘Right. OK, Jesus, this is really off the wall’. I think they'd been at the wacky baccy at this time, and it took me a couple of hours to get my head around the idea.”
The vocals alone took three weeks to record

The band wanted to create a “wall of sound” made from voice alone, which meant that they had to record these “endless loops of a chromatic scale” themselves by singing: for three solid weeks. Creme, Godley and Gouldman recorded enough “aahs” for there to be 48 different recordings, or voices, for each of the 13 notes of the chromatic scale: 624 in total.

These recordings were then fed on to a 16 track machine, and the band were able to make different “chords” with the faders on the mixing deck by selecting different notes of the vocals. That created the catchy waves of pitch difference at the end of lines of the song such as “it’s just a silly phase I’m going through”. Importantly, part of the faders were masked off with gaffa tape so there was always a residual hiss audible on the record.

The song forced the BBC to back down

After weeks of back-and-forth, extra additions – such as the twinkling sound in the middle eight that was generated by a toy music box the secretary was sent out to buy – and other things taken away, the finished song was just over six minutes long. But the BBC, and 10cc’s record label, Mercury, both argued that it was too long.

The latter wouldn’t release it as a single until other members of the music industry encouraged them to, and the BBC insisted that the song was edited down in order to be played on air. The piano and bass solos and fade-out were removed, taking the length to 4:10 minutes long. But the song reached number one only after the BBC gave in to pressure from the public and media to play it at full length.

lyrics

I'm not in love, so don't forget it
It's just a silly phase I'm going through
And just because I call you up
Don't get me wrong, don't think you've got it made
I'm not in love, no, no, it's because...

I like to see you, but then again
That doesn't mean you mean that much to me
So if I call you, don't make a fuss
Don't tell your friends about the two of us
I'm not in love, no, no, it's because...

I keep your picture upon the wall
It hides a nasty stain that's lying there
So don't you ask me to give it back
I know you know it doesn't mean that much to me
I'm not in love, no, no, it's because...

Ooh, you'll wait a long time for me
Ooh, you'll wait a long time
Ooh, you'll wait a long time for me
Ooh, you'll wait a long time

(I'm not in love, so don't forget it)
Ooh, it's just a silly phase I'm going through
Oh, yes, it is
(And just because I call you up)
Don't get me wrong,
Don't think you've got it made, ooh, no

(I'm not in love, I'm not in love)

I'm not in love, baby, no, no, it's just because
Girl, it's all because we stand worlds apart

credits

from I'm Not In Love, track released June 1, 1987
Written by: Eric Stewart & Graham Gouldman
Producer: Thom Bell

Lead Vocals – Dennis Englewood
Music By – The Thom Bell Orchestra
Backing Vocals – Dennis Englewood, Joyce Berry, Laurie Maitland, Sue Fleming

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Dennis Englewood Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dennis Englewood is a retired popular backing vocalist. He was also a one-album wonder as a blue-eyed Philly sweet soul singer for his soulful remake of the 10cc tune, "I'm Not In Love" with himself, then-12-year-old Laurie Maitland, Joyce Berry and Sue Fleming singing backup in the style of Ashford & Simpson. ... more

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