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.