Friday, March 09, 2007

Thumbs up for The View from Chas and Dave

DUNDEE MUSIC heroes The View have been given a glowing endorsement from an unlikely source—the cockney duo Chas and Dave.

As unmistakeably cockney as jellied eels and pie and mash, Chas and Dave are gearing up to embark on a Scottish tour, stopping off at Dundee and Dunfermline on the six-date knees up.

As well as the witty lyrics of hits like Rabbit, Gertcha, Ain’t No Pleasing You, and Margate, Chas and Dave’s trademark is they sing songs in their own accent and write about things they know.

It’s a characteristic they share with The View, whose songs include references to their provincial upbringing, writing about their parents’ aspirations of having a “house in the Ferry,” the experience of meeting “a girl in the Campbeltown Bar” and going to “gran’s for tea.”

Chas Hodges gave The View’s musical philosophy the thumbs-up when speaking to The Courier about this month’s forthcoming gigs in Dundee and Dunfermline.

“What we set out to do when we got together was to write songs—which we’d never seriously done before —and to write songs about things that we knew and sing them in our own accents.

“It doesn’t matter where you come from, you should always sing in your own accent—that’s our feeling and that’s what we did. You’ve just got to be yourself and write about what you know.”

Over 30 years since they first appeared on the scene, Chas Hodges and Dave Peacock are more popular than at almost any time in their career and are now playing to younger audiences.

Chas is looking forward to returning to Dundee, which was where they played one of their first gigs.

“We were on tour in Scotland with 10cc at the time and we had a couple of days off and a student from Dundee Technical College said, ‘Could you do a gig?’ and we slotted one in for them,” said Chas.

“A couple of years ago we did research. This young bloke came in and said, ‘We’ve been researching where your records sell the most and you’ll never guess where,’ and it was Scotland.

“When Dave and I started we were rock n’ roll based, serious about our fun music, prided ourselves on being good musicians—but to be honest in London we were misinterpreted a lot.

“I remember we used to get write-ups from Scotland and they got us in one. They said, ‘These boys are great, they play good, they entertain well,’ and I thought, ‘They see what we’re doing in Scotland more than they do down south.’...
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