Profile on Chas & Dave: Find out Chas's favourite song, their idea of a good old knees up and recording adverts

Profile on Chas & Dave: Find out Chas's favourite song, their idea of a good old knees up and recording adverts

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Chas & Dave are renowned for their good old Cockney knees up and we can't wait to see them return to Potters later this year.

The pair are always great fun and up for a laugh, so we've put together some facts about the duo, plus read our interview with Chas…

Here’s some facts about the duo…

  • Chas & Dave coined the phrase ‘rockney’ to refer to their style of music, fusing cockney accents and rhyming slang with rock & roll and pub singalong music.
  • Their snooker-themed 1986 top ten single Snooker Loopy features snooker players Steve Davis, Dennis Taylor, Willie Thorne, Terry Griffiths and Tony Meo, as backing vocalists under the guise of The Matchroom Mob.
  • The hook used on Eminem's My Name Is was originally played by Chas & Dave who were session musicians for Labi Siffre, and recorded the tune I Got The, which Eminem later sampled.
  • The Two Ronnies famously did a parody of Chas & Dave for their 1982 Christmas Special.
  • Pete Doherty claims that it was listening to Chas & Dave that first made him want to become a musician. The Libertines would later play Chas and Dave songs during rehearsals.
  • The duo opened for Led Zeppelin at the 1979 Knebworth Festival.
  • Chas and Dave were offered the chance to record the theme song for Only Fools and Horses but couldn’t do it as they were on tour in Australia. It was subsequently recorded by Only Fools’ writer John Sullivan.
  • They are both big Tottenham fans, and recorded four FA Cup final singles for their beloved Spurs, including Glory Glory Tottenham Hotspur and Tottenham Tottenham.
  • Chas & Dave recorded the music for a handful of adverts for Courage Bitter in which they adapted some of their best-known songs.
  • Chas supported The Beatles on their last ever European tour while he was playing with Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers. 

Gertcha! We catch up with cheeky Chas for a chat…

What’s your idea of a good old knees up?

“Chas & Dave on the bill of course!”

How well do you and Dave get on?

“Famously and we’ve been playing together since 1972 but have been friends since the sixties. We’ve been together over 50 years.”

What do you think people would be surprised to know about you?

“I'm seven foot six inches tall.”

Out of the both of you who is the best dancer?

“Well we were both part of dance troupe, the Tiller girls!”

What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

“Selling out the Royal Albert Hall.”

Last record you bought?

“Benny Goodman. He was the ‘King of Swing’ and was an American jazz and swing musician.”

Have you ever forgotten the words to any of your songs?

“Yes, but I just make them up on the spot.”

Any pre and post show rituals?

“Cup of tea and a fart, before and after the show.”

Favourite place/country visited?

“The USA and we’ve toured there a few times.”

Favourite TV shows?

“Catherine Tate. We actually appeared in one of her Christmas specials.”

Your favourite song of yours?

No Pleasin' You. It was No.1 in the Melody Maker chart and reached No. 2 in the BBC chart.”

Any songs you wish you’d written?

“No, because that's like having someone else’s baby.”

You’ve performed with some greats already. Are there any other singers or stars you’d like to team up with?

“I’d really to record some more with Sir Paul McCartney. He likes our music and I supported The Beatles on their last ever European tour.”

What’s next for you?

“We’re busy performing but I’d love to do a musical sometime in the future.”

Here’s some Chas & Dave hits

1.Strummin’

2.Gertcha

3.The Sideboard Song

4.Rabbit

5.Stars over 45

6.Ain’t No Pleasing You

7.Margate

8.London Girls

9.My Melancholy Baby

10.There in Your Eyes

11.In Sickness and In Health

12.Snooker Loopy

13.Romford Rap

14.Flying

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