10cc

Dreadlock Holiday

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Categorically 10cc's last undisputed classic, and, deservedly, their third British chart-topper (it reached number 44 in the U.S.). Taken from 1978's Bloody Tourists album, a delightfully sunny mock reggae backing accompanies the cautionary tale of a white man lost in the Jamaican backwaters -- a true story, it is said, which they heard firsthand from the Moody Blues' Justin Hayward.

In more politically correct times, one could get quite offended by the pseudo-patois voices which utter dire imprecations, or the trouble-soothing chorus of "I don't like cricket...I love it!," as though even the toughest ghetto gangster can be distracted by the clunk of ball on willow. Fortunately, listeners in 1978 had more important things to worry about than imagined insults or latent British colonialism -- for them, "Dreadlock Holiday" stood as one of the most single-mindedly joyous stabs at white reggae ever conceived. And one of the most successful as well. We should enjoy it for exactly the same reasons.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Bloody Tourists 1978 PolyGram 4:31
No Image 1979 5:03
Windows in the Jungle 1983 Mercury 4:59
100% Summer 1994
Various Artists
Telstar
Ultimate Reggae Party Album 1994
Various Artists
Telstar 0:00
Sensational Seventies, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
Time Warner
Greatest Hits [Masters] 1996 Masters 5:05
The Roots of Rock: Rock 'n' Reggae 1996
Various Artists
Rebound Records 4:32
The Very Best Of 1997 Mercury / Def Jam / Island 5:03
Class Reunion: The Greatest Hits of 1978 1998
Various Artists
PSM 4:29
Fantastic 70's 1998
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:28
The Singles [Mercury] 1998 Chronicles / Mercury 4:29
Reggae Party 1999 1999
Various Artists
Polygram 4:29
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Fetenhits: Real Summer Classics 2000
Various Artists
Polygram 4:28
Snatch 2001
Original Soundtrack
TVT 4:23
100 No. 1 Hits [Universal] 2001
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
20th Century Masters-The Millennium Collection: Best of 10CC 2002 Mercury / Universal Distribution 4:59
Dressed to Kill 2002 Spectrum Music 5:00
Massive Reggae [Time Music] 2002
Various Artists
Time Music 4:29
Simply the Best Reggae Album [2003] 2003
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 4:29
Ultimate Collection 2003 Universal Distribution 4:27
Essential 70's [Universal] 2004
Various Artists
Universal International 4:25
Nova Classics, Vol. 5 2004
Various Artists
Nova
'70s [Universal 2004] 2004
Various Artists
Universal / USM 4:28
Pure 70s Party 2005
Various Artists
Apace 4:24
Planet 70's 2006
Various Artists
Universal International 4:25
The Greatest Hits... And More 2006 UMVD 4:30
No Image 2006
Various Artists
7 Inch Heroes 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:27
No Image 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:26
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Brunswick / Universal
No Image 2008 Universal Music
Collected 2008 Collected 4:28
Greatest Ever Dad: The Definitive Collection 2008
Various Artists
Union Square Music 4:28
Dad's Jukebox 2008
Various Artists
Universal / Universal Distribution 4:27
Very Best of 10cc [Universal UK] 2009 Universal Music TV 4:29
Jackie: Summer Special 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:27
Gold Classic Hits Radio '70s 2009
Various Artists
Gold Classic Hits Radio / Universal Music 4:28
Dreadlock Holiday: The Collection 2012 Spectrum Audio / Spectrum Music 4:27
I'm Not in Love: The Essential 10cc 2012 Spectrum Music / Universal 4:58
Tenology 2012 Mercury Records / Universal 4:30
Mt. Zion: Music From & Inspired By The Motion Picture 2013
Original Soundtrack
Sony Music / Sony Music Distribution 4:27
Latest & Greatest No. 1s 2014
Various Artists
Union Square Music 4:28
During After: The Best of 10cc 2017 UMC / Virgin EMI 5:03
No Image
Various Artists
Universal 4:27
No Image
Various Artists
4:31
The Ultimate Collection: Number 1s
Various Artists
Union Square Music 4:28
Total Hits, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Universal 4:28