CHORUS A GOOD CATCH
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.