10cc Biography

10cc were influenced by Zappa and The Beatles

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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 Dreadlock Holiday.

The fact that the band isn’t too shabby at playing reggae hips 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.

Guitar Lessons

Dreadlock Holiday – Step 1 (Free Preview)

In this first step, we play the intro, the verse, and the bridge of this pop-reggae classic by 10cc.

A few chords in this one guitar arrangement are not correct. Find out what we can learn from this.

Go to Dreadlock Holiday step 1.

Dreadlock Holiday – Step 2

In this step, we focus on how to play the chorus, tag, and instrumental sections, just like I do in the video.

This time, only one little chord has been left out compared to the original recording.

Go to Dreadlock Holiday step 2.

Dreadlock Holiday – Step 3

Now, the capo has somehow miraculously moved up the fret board so we just play the same sections again, although in a different key.

Seemingly easy to do, if it wasn’t for all those new rhythmical variations…

Go to Dreadlock Holiday step 3.

Dreadlock Holiday – Step 4

Let’s play the complete song, from beginning to end, including the capo move key change.

Using a chart rather than TAB, aim to let the rhythmical variations happen naturally.

Go to Dreadlock Holiday step 4.

Dreadlock Holiday – Step 5

Let’s start learning from Dreadlock Holiday by creating a 2nd guitar part that explores the fret board.

This will help with your fret board knowledge as you run around the fret board, finding different chord shapes.

Go to Dreadlock Holiday step 5.

Dreadlock Holiday – Step 6

I this step, we create a 2nd guitar for the chorus, the chorus tag, and the instrumental section.

The chorus maintains the idea of copying the bass line rhythm. The tag could be developed further.

Go to Dreadlock Holiday step 6.

Dreadlock Holiday – Step 7

Creating a 2nd guitar part has by now been done to all sections, so when we change key, we just move it up a fret, right?

Well… why not develop all this even further? That Chorus tag for example, can we come up with something completely new?

Go to Dreadlock Holiday step 7.

Dreadlock Holiday – Step 8

In this final step, you join me and the singers to form a band and play Dreadlock Holiday as a band.

I also give you a completely new concept for how to play this tune on your own, without a capo. Time to fire the assistant and embark on a solo career!

Go to Dreadlock Holiday step 8.

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Chords and 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 and guitar lessons.


Dreadlock HolidayI 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.

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