Avon Valley Gazette - - WHAT'S ON - Greig John­ston

IT seems crazy, but the man who wrote the line ‘ I don’t like cricket – I love it’ ac­tu­ally has no in­ter­est in the game.

Gra­ham Gould­man – bassist, singer and song­writer with Bri­tish art pop out­fit 10cc – wrote what would be­come the cho­rus of Dread­lock Hol­i­day after a con­ver­sa­tion in a bar.

“I’ve never, ever been to a cricket match in my life; I’m in­dif­fer­ent to it,” Gould­man said.

“I was in Ja­maica and I met a guy; we were talk­ing about sports and Manch­ester United.

“I said ‘ what about cricket, WHAT: 10cc WHERE: As­tor The­atre WHEN: May 9 TICK­ETS: www. as­torthe­atre perth. com do you like it?’. “He said ‘ no, I don’t like it – I love it’.

“All song­writ­ers have their radar and I just thought ‘ thank you very much’.”

While Dread­lock Hol­i­day might be the song he’s best re­mem­bered for, Gould­man takes just as much plea­sure in 10cc’s first hit, 1972’ s Donna.

“We knew some­thing was gonna hap­pen and when it did – im­me­di­ately – that was quite a mo­ment,” he said.

The band is vis­it­ing Perth in May for a show at the As­tor The­atre and Gould­man has great mem­o­ries of the city.

“I re­mem­ber hav­ing a very good curry there; that’s always a plus for me,” he said.

“I also have a very good mem­ory of it be­cause I met ( Shad­ows gui­tarist and Perth res­i­dent) Hank Marvin; he came to the gig.

“Hank Marvin’s one of my ab­so­lute, all- time he­roes – it was a plea­sure to meet him.”

Gra­ham Gould­man ( cen­tre) and 10cc will be bring­ing their hits to Perth.

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