The Wall Street Shuffle

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10cc's sixth British single, and the opening cut on 1974's epochal Sheet Music album, the stridently riff-heavy "Wall Street Shuffle," is one of the band's most distinctive numbers, and an early indication of the sheer strength of the Eric Stewart/Graham Gouldman songwriting team.

Maintaining the group's apparent obsession with all things American, and packing the sort of fast-punning lyricism for which bandmates Godley and Crème would later be given all the credit, "Wall Street Shuffle" was already firmly established in the band's live set when it marched to number ten in July 1974 (an American release was, inexplicably, somewhat less successful). The song remained in the band's live repertoire for the remainder of its career, appearing on both the KBFH and Live and Let Live albums, and developing, over the years, into a truly gargantuan roar. It also followed "Rubber Bullets" in proving, to everyone who thinks such things are important, that 10cc might have been a clever bunch of sods, but they still knew how to rock & roll.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Sheet Music 1974 Original Masters / Snapper Music 3:54
No Image 1975 UK 3:30
Live and Let Live 1977 7T's 4:12
No Image 1979 3:53
10cc/Sheet Music 1990 DCC Compact Classics 3:52
Rock of the 70's, Vol. 2 1992
Various Artists
DCC Compact Classics 3:57
Rock City 1994
Various Artists
Early Years 1994 Castle Music Ltd.
Greatest Hits [Masters] 1996 Masters 4:34
The Very Best Of 1997 Mercury / Def Jam / Island 3:54
The Singles [Mercury] 1998 Chronicles / Mercury 3:58
That '70s Show Presents That '70s Album: Rockin' 1999
Various Artists
Volcano Records 3:54
Superhits of Rock: 1965 - 1979 1999
Various Artists
L & D 3:52
Wow That Was the 70's 1999
Various Artists
Disky Communications 3:52
Hits at Planet Earth 2000
Various Artists
Planet Earth Recordings 3:52
Best of the Early Years 2000 Music Club International Records 3:54
Best of the Seventies 2000 Simply The Best (Netherlands) 3:53
Two from Ten 2000 Recall (UK) 3:54
Greatest Hits of the 70's [Disky Box] 2000
Various Artists
Disky 3:52
No Image 2001 Laserlight 3:51
Complete Collection 2001
Various Artists
Disky 3:52
Ultimate Collection 2003 Universal Distribution 3:51
The Complete UK Recordings 1972-1974 2004 Varèse Vintage / Varese 4:01
The Greatest Hits... And More 2006 UMVD 3:54
Collected 2008 Collected 3:52
Very Best of 10cc [Universal UK] 2009 Universal Music TV 3:52
I'm Not in Love: The Essential 10cc 2012 Spectrum Music / Universal 4:03
Tenology 2012 Mercury Records / Universal 3:51
During After: The Best of 10cc 2017 UMC / Virgin EMI 3:52