Was "Dreadlock Holiday" racist?

(7 Posts)
toadgirl Mon 18-Jul-16 13:20:03

I saw the 10cc documentary on iPlayer last night.
It reminded me about this song. Is it racist or just a product of its time?

Lyrics
I was walkin' down the street
Concentratin' on truckin' right
I heard a dark voice beside of me
And I looked round in a state of fright
I saw four faces one mad
A brother from the gutter
They looked me up and down a bit
And turned to each other

I say
I don't like cricket oh no
I love it
I don't like cricket oh no
I love it
Don't you walk thru my words
You got to show some respect
Don't you walk thru my words
'Cause you ain't heard me out yet

Well he looked down at my silver chain
He said I'll give you one dollar
I said you've got to be jokin' man
It was a present from me Mother
He said I like it I want it
I'll take it off your hands
And you'll be sorry you crossed me
You'd better understand that you're alone
A long way from home

And I say
I don't like reggae no no
I love it
I don't like reggae oh no
I love it
Don't you cramp me style
Don't you queer on me pitch
Don't you walk thru my words
'Cause you ain't heard me out yet

I hurried back to the swimming pool
Sinkin' pina coladas
I heard a dark voice beside me say
Would you like something harder
She said I've got it you want it
My harvest is the best
And if you try it you'll like it
And wallow in a Dreadlock Holiday

And I say
Don't like Jamaica oh no
I love her
Don't like Jamaica oh no
I love her oh yea
Don't you walk thru her words
You got to show some respect
Don't you walk thru her words
'Cause you ain't heard her out yet

I don't like cricket
I love it (Dreadlock Holiday)
I don't like reggae
I love it (Dreadlock Holiday)
Don't like Jamaica
I love her (Dreadlock Holiday)

I hurried back to the swimming pool

video below

www.dailymotion.com/video/x4w4ym_10cc-dreadlock-holiday_music

Ferguson Thu 21-Jul-16 19:42:40

Yes - it was a product of its time, and 10cc were one of few 'pop' bands I liked in the '70s - plus Pink Floyd and ELP.

When I was young, you could go to prison for engaging in 'homosexual activity': Times change!

And this is what I was 'into' :

www.youtube.com/watch?v=0068GAAeJRQ

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONsk_em1c9c

with Kenny Clare on drums in the Johnny Spence band - he also played with Cilla Black, John Dankworth (including Dudley Moore), and many film scores.

YokoUhOh Fri 05-Aug-16 21:41:07

Yep it's racist. Sad because I love a bit of 10CC!

Andcake Fri 05-Aug-16 21:46:48

Heard it again after decades the other day and was quite surprised at how racist it was and that it was being played on the radio

NoahVale Fri 05-Aug-16 21:50:33

yes i heard it on the radio the other day - stopped me in my tracks listening to the words.

bloodyteenagers Fri 05-Aug-16 21:51:52

Yes it is. Cannot believe it still gets air time.

NoahVale Fri 05-Aug-16 21:52:00

www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=3750

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