10cc were influenced by Zappa and The Beatles!
Hailing from Stockport, 10c’ were 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.
10cc Changed Barbados for Jamaica in Dreadlock Holiday!
Dreadlock Holiday was inspired by an experience the singer of Moody Blues had as he went to Barbados, 10cc captured it and got a U.K #1 out of it.
Released on the album Bloody Tourists in 1978, Dreadlock Holiday started its life as a chart hit, and since then it has been played on radio and 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.
The connection between the U.K and the Caribbean, both musically with British record shops importing reggae and ska music all ready in the 70s, and in sports such as Cricket.
10cc and Reggae
The lyrics referring to that the singer shouldn’t be mugged since he likes Cricket has more to it than one might first think.
The Brits are very proud of their influence on the world, both musically but also with their sporting games that has spread around the globe.
Cricket, Tennis, Football, it all came from England.
If this historic value helped the Moody Blues singer himself when he traveled to Barbados (which was changed to Jamaica in the lyrics) remains uncertain.