A founding member of 10cc has been at work on a new app that will let musicians share their work globally. Featured performers on the app include Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones and The Edge of U2.
WholeWorldBand, a new app for the iPhone 4, 4s and iPad 2, was developed by a team that included Kevin Godley of 10cc fame, according to Music Week, a UK trade publication. The app allows users to jam with established musical artists, either by adding themselves to a video and playing along or — move over, Jimmy Page! — substituting yourself with any member of the band. “WholeWorldBand is a revolutionary new online music tool,” Godley says, “that provides a new platform for distribution while offering the opportunity of new revenue streams for up and coming and established musicians, bands and, in fact, anyone.”
Aside from The Edge and Ronnie Wood, look for performances and collaborations on the app from Gavin Friday, Gemma Hayes, Cathy Davey and Mik Pyro of Republic of Loose, among others. WholeWorldBand debuts at the Music Show in Dublin on February 25, and is expected to be available at the iTunes store starting in March.
Here’s a look back our recent thoughts on 10cc and Kevin Godley, as well as the Rolling Stones and U2. Click through the titles for complete reviews …
SOMETHING ELSE! INTERVIEW: KEVIN GODLEY OF 10CC, AND GODLEY AND CREME: Kevin Godley, as a co-founder of 10cc, helped propel “I’m Not In Love” to No. 2 on the U.S. charts in the summer of 1975, before leaving the band with fellow co-founder Lol Creme. They scored a Top 20 hit in the mid-1980s, even while starting a brilliant career together as video directors. More recently, Godley has paired with fellow 10cc alum Graham Gouldman, performing as GG/06. Godley joined us to talk about 10cc, those subsequent projects with Creme and Gouldman, his lost musical experiment with something called the Gizmo and the overlooked dangers — from fires, to flying hammers — of working as a video director.
ROLLING STONES – SOME GIRLS: LIVE IN TEXAS ’78 (2011): The full-on, balls-out Some Girls was perfectly uncluttered — no horn section, no guest stars like Billy Preston. That gives this subsequent live set from the summer of 1978 a chance to build off the record’s latent energy, rather than fruitlessly try to match it. Instead, this is a stripped-down wonder: no digital movie screens, no huge scaffolding for Mick Jagger to prance on, no big light show. Just a band playing.
RON WOOD AND THE FIRST BARBARIANS – LIVE FROM KILBURN (2007): Ron Wood was still a member of The Faces when he put out I’ve Got My Own Album To Do. This live recording (and DVD) is from that tour, featuring Wood on guitar, Faces buddy Ian McLagan, and even an appearance by Rod Stewart. Future Rolling Stones cohort Keith Richards is there, too. I’ve always been more of a fan of Wood’s Gimme Some Neck, but that doesn’t stop me from turning this record up way too loud.
ONE TRACK MIND: U2, “NEW YEAR’S DAY” (1983): “Old Lang Syne,” this will never be. It doesn’t have the required sentimentality. No, U2′s “New Year’s Day” is a political song, but a special one in that — like the best political songs — it started out as a love song. Meanwhile, the Edge — expertly, somehow, combining open-hearted honesty and arena-rock musicality — plays both piano and guitar on the song, and in the snowbound video that found heavy rotation thereafter. He and the others were already fully formed rock stars, whether we knew it yet or not.