10cc were influenced by Zappa and The Beatles!

Hailing from Stockport, 10cc are an English band that achieved their greatest commercial success during the 1970s.

With influences such as the late Beatles and Frank Zappa, 10cc was not your average middle of the road band. Similarly to Supertramp, 10cc was almost prog/rock/pop with long instrumental sections and lots of different styles mixed.

Hits include Dreadlock Holiday and I’m Not In Love.


Dreadlock Holiday

Dreadlock Holiday was inspired by an experience that the singer of Moody Blues had as he went to Barbados.

Released on the album Bloody Tourists in 1978, Dreadlock Holiday started its life as a chart hit. Since then, it has been played on the radio and in nightclubs the world over, becoming especially famous for the line “I don’t like cricket, I love it!”

10cc wasn’t a reggae band, Dreadlock Holiday was an exception to their repertoire.

Still, the connection between the U.K and the Caribbean, both musically (with British record shops importing reggae and ska music already in the 70s) and in sports such as cricket, was beautifully captured in the song.

The fact that the band isn’t too shabby at playing reggae helps too!

The lyrics that refer to how the singer shouldn’t be mugged since he likes Cricket, have more to them than one might first think.

The Brits are very proud of their influence on the world musically and also with regard to their sports. Cricket, tennis, football, all of these games came from England.

Whether this helped the Moody Blues singer when he traveled to Barbados remains uncertain.


12. Dreadlock Holiday – Chords & Guitar Lessons

Dreadlock Holiday is played with a capo in order to sound good on just one acoustic guitar.

This all works out really well until the song modulates up a semitone. How do you move a capo and play at the same time?

Go to Dreadlock Holiday – Chords & Guitar Lessons.


Dreadlock Holiday – Lyrics

I was walking down the street,
concentrating on truckin’ right.
I heard a dark voice beside of me,
and I looked round in a state of fright.

Go to Dreadlock Holiday – Lyrics.