“Dreadlock Holiday” – 10cc
10cc are an English art rock band who achieved their greatest commercial success in the 1970s. The band initially consisted of four musicians—Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley, and Lol Creme—who had written and recorded together for some three years, before assuming the “10cc” name in 1972.
For the most part, 10cc featured two strong songwriting teams, one ‘commercial’ and one ‘artistic’, but both teams injected sharp wit into lyrically dextrous and musically varied songs. Stewart and Gouldman were predominantly pop-song-writers, who created most of the band’s accessible songs. By way of contrast, Godley and Creme were the predominantly experimental half of 10cc, featuring an Art School sensibility and cinematic inspired writing. Every member was a multi-instrumentalist, singer, writer and producer.
Fenn, Tosh, Burgess and keyboardist Duncan Mackay (who in 1977 made a solo album entitled “Score”) were now full members of the band and performed on 1978’s Bloody Tourists, which provided the band with their third UK No. 1 single, the reggae-styled “Dreadlock Holiday”. It was their last hit, and although it did not lean towards the bands “artistic” side, the song was an interesting foray into a reggae-esque beat and style.
I first heard this song, and the accompanying music video (did not find, unfortunately) in a bar in Adelaide, Australia. Happy memories.