Dreadlock Holiday

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"Dreadlock Holiday"
Single by 10cc
from the album Bloody Tourists
ReleasedJuly 1978
GenreReggae, rock
Length4:31
LabelMercury
Writer(s)Eric Stewart
Graham Gouldman
10cc singles chronology
"People in Love"
(1977)
"Dreadlock Holiday"
(1978)
"For You and I"
(1978)
 
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"Dreadlock Holiday"
Single by 10cc
from the album Bloody Tourists
ReleasedJuly 1978
GenreReggae, rock
Length4:31
LabelMercury
Writer(s)Eric Stewart
Graham Gouldman
10cc singles chronology
"People in Love"
(1977)
"Dreadlock Holiday"
(1978)
"For You and I"
(1978)

"Dreadlock Holiday" is a reggae song by 10cc. It was written by Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman and was the lead single from the band's 1978 album, Bloody Tourists. Lead vocals were performed by Graham Gouldman.

The lyrics relate the experiences of a white man lost in Jamaica. His first encounter with the locals is of being confronted in the street by an unpleasant dreadlocked man who wants the white man's silver necklace. The next encounter is when he is beside the pool of his hotel sipping a Pina Colada; a dark-voiced woman offers him drugs. These experiences were based on a true events that happened to Moody Blues vocalist Justin Hayward and Eric Stewart in Barbados.

The reference to cricket in the first chorus, reggae in the second, and Jamaica in the third, reflects the victim trying to avoid conflict by convincing the antagonist that they share common interests.

It became the group's third and final number one single in the UK, and final top 10 hit, spending a single week at the top in September 1978. The single peaked at #44 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the USA. The song was later covered by Boney M on their 1985 album, Eye Dance, by Top Deck (in 1987) and by Polish singer Reni Jusis (in 1999).

Some of the experiences that are mentioned are true, and some of them are ... fairly true!

Graham Gouldman, The Songwriters Circle, BBC2, 1999.

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Preceded by
"Three Times a Lady" by The Commodores
UK number one single
23 September 1978
Succeeded by
"Summer Nights" by John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John