Chas & Dave Biography

These veterans of the English rock scene joined forces in the early 70s to create novelty material in the cockney idiom. Chas Hodges (Charles Nicholas Hodges, 28 December 1943, Edmonton, Middlesex, England) had played piano with the Outlaws, Cliff Bennett, and Heads, Hands And Feet. Dave Peacock (b. 24 May 1945, Ponders End, Middlesex, England) was a guitarist with rock ‘n’ roll revival and country bands before joining up with Hodges to record 1975’s One Fing ‘N’ Anuvver for Retreat, a label owned by session guitarist Big Jim Sullivan. Adding drummer Mick Burt (b. 23 August 1943, England), they signed to EMI Records in 1977. ‘Strummin’’ was a minor hit but the trio reached the Top 20 in 1979 with ‘Gertcha!’, a rollicking composition that had featured in a UK television commercial for Courage beer. An even more successful effort in the same vein was the Top 10 hit ‘Rabbit’, which appeared on Chas & Dave’s own Rockney label. In 1981 and 1982 the duo provided football songs for F.A. Cup finalists Tottenham Hotspur, in ‘Ossie’s Dream’ and ‘Tottenham Tottenham’. Chas & Dave extended their sporting interests to snooker on 1986’s ‘Snooker Loopy’, credited to the Matchroom Mob. A more sentimental side was displayed on their biggest hit, ‘Ain’t No Pleasing You’ (UK number 2, 1982) and during the 80s the duo appeared frequently on television light entertainment shows and regularly released raucous party records. Their rock roots were not entirely lost, however, and 1985’s Oily Rags (released by Signature) included ‘Holy Cow’ and ‘Mailman Bring Me No More Blues’ in among the cockney ditties. The duo are still performing their merry brand of modern music hall, looming back into the public eye from time to time as they did with 1995’s 50-track medley of war songs commemorating the 50th anniversary of VE day. They also enjoyed an unexpected US radio hit in 1998 with ‘Flying’. In 2003 the duo was invited to join the Libertines on stage at the fêted indie band’s London shows.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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