Chas & Dave (often billed as Chas 'n' Dave) are an English pop rock duo, most notable as creators and performers of a musical style labelled "rockney", which mixes "pub singalong, music-hall humour, boogie-woogie piano and pre-Beatles rock 'n' roll".[1] For a time, "Rockney" was also the name of their record label, and they achieved several British chart hits, their major breakthrough being "Gertcha" in 1979, which peaked at No. 20 in the UK Singles Chart, and was the first of eight Top 40 hit singles the duo played on. The act has also enjoyed nine best-selling albums.

History and formation[edit source | editbeta]Edit

The group consists of Charles Nicholas "Chas" Hodges (piano, vocals, banjo, guitars) and David Victor "Dave" Peacock (bass guitar, vocals, piano, banjo, guitar, ukulele) together with Michael William "Mick" Burt on drums. In 2011, Burt retired from the band with Chas' son, Nicholas Charles "Nik" Hodges taking over on drums. In the 1970s Chas & Dave were prominentsession musicians, playing for a wide range of artists; for instance - the hook used on Eminem's "My Name Is" was taken from a Labi Siffre tune, "I Got The", on which Chas & Dave performed.[2]

The rockney style was from the start intentional, as they felt an alternative to the way British bands copied American accents was needed. Chas has said

I was singing in an American accent. I thought, 'You're being a fraud, you should sing in your own accent', and that's when I started to work on the idea.[3]

The songs for which they are most known are partly comic, and Chas & Dave are strongly identified with London's blue collar and working class pub sing-song culture, although not necessarily Cockney. However, their 1982 number two hit, "Ain't No Pleasing You" was a more romantic record, with strings added to the usual pianodrum and bass sound.

Their single "Gertcha" was used as the music behind a notable television commercial for Courage Bitter.[4]

"Rabbit" comes from the Cockney rhyming slang "rabbit and pork" meaning "talk".[5] The song is about a relationship between a man and a woman, in which the man expresses his love for his girlfriend, but complains that she will not stop talking or, "rabbiting". It was also used in a television commercial for Courage Bitter.[6]

"Snooker Loopy", a comic song about snooker, was released as a single in May 1986 and entered the UK Singles Chart, reaching #6.

Chas & Dave were offered the chance to record the theme song for the sitcom Only Fools and Horses but turned it down as they were in Australia at the time due to the success of "Ain't No Pleasing You".[3] However their song "Margate" was used in a feature-length episode of the comedy, entitled "The Jolly Boys Outing".

They also recorded four FA Cup final singles for Tottenham Hotspur including "Glory Glory Tottenham Hotspur"/"Ossie's Dream" in 1981 and "Tottenham Tottenham" in 1982. Tottenham Hotspur were victorious in both of these finals.[7][8]as well as appearing on the 1987 FA Cup Final song Hot Shot Tottenham!.

They opened for Led Zeppelin at the 1979 Knebworth Festival,[9] and Chas Hodges has said that one of his proudest moments was playing the Glastonbury Festival in 2005.[10]

Their work influenced The Libertines, who played their songs at rehearsals.[3]

On 6 October 2008, their autobiographyChas & Dave - All About Us, written by Chas, was published in the UK which took him a quarter of a century to write.[11]

It was announced in September 2009 that the pair would no longer be working together as Dave Peacock planned to retire from the band following the death of his wife Sue.[12][13][14] However, In June 2010, it was announced that Chas & Dave would reunite for one final tour in 2011. They also played their "Christmas Jamboree" at the IndigO2 on 23 and 24 December 2011 and 8 December 2012. It was announced on the 4 October 2012 that they would be the sixth act announced to play Rebellion Festival, as part of their last tour. Since then they have had a "Back By Demand" tour of the UK between February and May 2013.

In July 2013, it was announced that Chas & Dave have recorded a new album, 'That's What Happens', due for release in October 2013.

Chas & Dave's Knees Up[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Chas & Dave's Knees Up
Format Variety show
Directed by Alasdair MacMillan
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 6
Running time 45 mins
Productioncompany(s) LWT
Original channel ITV
Picture format 4:3
Original run May 1983 – July 1983

In 1983, Chas & Dave presented their own variety show, made by LWT and broadcast on ITV, which was set in an East End pub.

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