Synopses & Reviews
This book reveals all about one of Englands greatest, best-loved bands—the men who put Cockney into rock, and made Rockney! Bursting onto the music scene in the 1970s, Chas ‘n Dave released songs that spoke about life in London, using their own accents rather than the fashionable but fake transatlantic twang. Thirty odd years later, thousands flocked across the fields of Glastonbury to witness an unforgettable gig. Their songs have become classics, from the "Sideboard Song," "Gertcha," "Rabbit," and "Margate," to the achingly beautiful "Aint no Pleasin You," and through them they created a sound that was pure Chas ‘n Dave and rockin to boot. What most people dont know is that both Chas and Dave had previous careers, Dave playing in London Country bands, working as a session musician and touring America with Mick Greenwood; Chas touring as bass player to Jerry Lee Lewis (when Chas really began to learn piano) and Gene Vincent, even playing as a band member of the Beatles one time. Nor do they know the hilarious stories about Chas getting nicked fishing and for tearing up and down the country chucking half-pound bags of flour at passing motorists, then getting cracked onto by dodgy producers who had more in mind than music to give ‘em a thrill! If youve ever wondered what makes this legendary duo tick or the inspiration behind the songs (or even just which one is bloody which), then read this book!
Bursting onto the music scene in the 1970s, Chas 'n' Dave released songs that spoke about life in London and used their own accents rather than the fashionable but fake transatlantic twang. They knew that if they wrote and sang about their own experiences that fans would be interested. With hits like "Gertcha," "Rabbit," "The Sideboard Song," and "Margate," they created a sound that was uniquely British and rockin to boot. What most people dont know is that both Chas and Dave had previous careers playing with the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis, nor do fans know the stories about getting caught illegally fishing, getting ripped off by sketchy producers, going crazy while locked in recording studios, playing with the Beatles, and generally having a good time.
About the Author
Chas Hodges formed Chas 'n' Dave with Dave Peacock and drummer Mick Burt in 1975.