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Claim: The band 10cc was so named because the term represents the amount of semen in an average male ejaculation (or a little bit more).
Example: [BBC Interview, 1995]
Origins: It's no secret that plenty of modern day rock bands have names with sexual connotations, but inventing similar explanations for the names of older bands has become a favorite pastime.
I had to give them a name . . . because I'd signed the record, and I went to sleep that night and had this dream that a band of mine on my label made number one on the album and singles charts simultaneously in America, and the band was 10cc. So I gave them that name the next morning. Everybody then decided that this was apparently meant to be the amount of an average male ejaculation. Which was absolutely far from theBand member Eric Stewart said essentially the same thing in a 1995 BBC interview:
No, the name actually did come from Jonathan King. Um, he said he'd had a dream the night before he came up to Manchester to listen to Donna. And, he saw a hoarding over Wembley Stadium or Hammersmith Odeon or something like that and said, "10cc The Best Group in the World". SoThe "dream" story was reported in Rolling Stone in 1973, which was one year after the band took its name:
"Well, [UK Records president Jonathan King] did give us our name," guitarist Lol Creme admitted in a Manchester pub. "He claimed it came to him in a dream three times so it had to have some significance."Interestingly, from that same Rolling Stone article about the band:
"9 C.C.," explained bassist Graham Gouldman, "is the average ejaculation."If the name had been deliberately chosen for the reasons cited, it would have been a misnomer: The average male ejaculation actually contains only about 3cc of semen.
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