10cc Graham Gouldman’s Dreadlock Holiday revelation


10cc, Graham Gouldman (centre).
10cc, Graham Gouldman (centre).

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, 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’.”

But while Dreadlock Holiday might be the song he’s best remembered for, Gouldman takes just as much pleasure in 10cc’s first big 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.”

THE ESSENTIALS

What: 10cc

Where: Astor Theatre

When: May 9

Tickets: www.astortheatreperth.com