Saturday, 21 November 2009

Chas & Dave

Sad to learn that Chas and Dave have split up. I think Dave Peacock has retired but Chas Hodges still goes out on the road with his own band. (or is it the other way around?) Anyway, a great rockney band who made some great music in the 80's but success spoiled them and they churned out loads of party records full of singalong hits which is a shame as they were fantastic early on. Wrote some catchy songs which inspired some terrific adverts for some beer or anuvver.
Here's an excerpt from a Christmas radio show they did back in the 80's with guests the Barron Knights.

The Official Chas & Dave website says-

"In the tradition of The Kinks and the Small Faces and around the same time as Ian Dury and Squeeze, Chas & Dave wrote and recorded exceptionally witty songs about life in London, performed with a strong affection for all things English reminiscent of many of the great Music Hall artists many years previously. In their case , however, the musical accompaniment to their sharply observant material was neither rock nor punk but solid, no-nonsense Rock’N’Roll style which had been their background and inspiration.

Pianist Chas Hodges and guitarist Dave Peacock were widely experienced around the British rock scene of the 1960s and early 70s before teaming up with drummer Mick Burt (another much-travelled musician who had gone back to his original trade as a plumber) to form the group. Chas had worked with the legendary producer Joe Meek, backed Jerry Lee Lewis, played with Mike Berry and the Outlaws, along with Ritchie Blackmore, and also the highly respected Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers, which had Burt on drums. He then joined Albert Lee’s cult band Heads Hands and Feet before playing with Dave and Albert in Black Claw. Dave had been equally active, Starting out in The Rolling Stones (no, not them!) in 1960. Spells with The Tumbleweeds, Mick Greenwood, Jerry Donaghue, and the above mentioned Black Claw followed prior to the pair coming together to go out on their own as Chas & Dave."

Read more about Chas & Dave HERE.

1 comment:

C.J.Duffy said...

I can only hope that he gets bored and retuns to create some more great music.
It may also be that his much loved wife died recently and, naturally enough he wants time, if there can ever be enough, to get over his loss.