|Single by 10cc|
|from the album Bloody Tourists|
|10cc singles chronology|
"Dreadlock Holiday" is a reggae song by 10cc. Written by Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman, it was the lead single from the band's 1978 album, Bloody Tourists. Lead vocals were performed by Graham Gouldman (verse and chorus) and Eric Stewart (bridge).
It became the group's third and final number one hit in the UK Singles Chart, and final top 10 hit, spending a single week at the top in September 1978. The single also topped the charts in New Zealand, reached Number 2 in Ireland and Australia, and peaked at number 44 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
The song was based on real events Eric Stewart and Moody Blues vocalist Justin Hayward experienced in Barbados. Stewart changed the location to Jamaica. Graham Gouldman commented: "Some of the experiences that are mentioned are true, and some of them are ... fairly true!"
The beach scene in the official video was actually filmed on the Dorset coast near Charmouth. Golden Cap, the iconic hill and cliff of this region known as the "Jurassic Coast", is clearly visible for a few seconds in the video.
- Eric Stewart – guitar, percussion, lead vocals (bridge), backing vocals
- Graham Gouldman – bass, lead vocals (verse and chorus)
- Rick Fenn – guitar, backing vocals
- Paul Burgess – drums
- Stuart Tosh – percussion, backing vocals
- Duncan Mackay – keyboards, Yamaha CS-80 synthesizer, backing vocals
Cover versions and usage in media
- The song was later covered by Boney M on their 1985 album Eye Dance — it had been planned as the third single in January 1986 but was cancelled, by Top Deck (in 1987) and by Polish singer Reni Jusis (in 1999).
- Part of a dance routine by Bob Fossil in the BBC television show The Mighty Boosh.
- In 2000, Guy Ritchie's movie Snatch contained the song.
- In 2002, Intenso Project sampled the track in their hit "Luv Da Sunshine".
- In 2010, David Fincher's movie The Social Network contained the song being mixed by a college DJ.
- The song has been used as the theme music for cricket programming in the UK on Sky Sports.
- The song appears in 2016 video game Watch Dogs 2.
- The song is referenced in another 10cc song, "Welcome to the World" with the lyrics "1,000 Congressmen assemble every day / They send us packing on a deadlock holiday."
- The song is covered by N.E.R.D on the soundtrack Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.
- "10cc - Dreadlock Holiday / Nothing Can Move Me (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-03-28.
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- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 357. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- Graham Gouldman, The Songwriters Circle, BBC2, 1999.
- "Snatch (2000) : Soundtracks". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2016-10-13.
- "The Social Network (2010): Soundtracks". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2016-10-13.
- "New broadcast techniques for England cricket". ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 4 November 2015.