Chas & Dave
Chas & Dave have been around since 1975, writing songs about life in London with their original rock n’ roll style. Chas Hodges (pianist) and Dave Peacock (guitarist) and also Mick Burt (drummer) were the original band until Mick went back to his original job as a plumber. The pair both went both onto play in different bands before they decided to go as a duo instead and simply became known as Chas & Dave.
Their early release ‘One Fing ‘n’ Anuvver’ (1975) received critical acclaim from the music press and the likes of the late John Peel. Chas & Dave became famous for their cockney tunes along with their love of Rock n’ Roll music and hits with ‘Ponders End Allotments Club’ amongst others.
By luck, Chas & Dave were spotted by an advertising exec and promptly signed a deal to promote Courage beer and their song ‘Gertcha’ became a Top 20 hit for them. They followed it up with the hit singles ‘The Sideboard Song (Got my Beer in The Sideboard Here)’ from their third album ‘Don’t Give A Monkey’s’.
During the ‘80s they had success with ‘Margate’ and ‘London Girls’, as well as working with Spurs with their FA Cup Final songs and regular TV appearances that made them famous nationwide.
By the ‘90s, having established themselves as a household name in the UK, it was time to re-invent themselves and went on to record a selection of song for V.E day in 1995. Continuing with advertising, they worked with Heinz Baked Beans and moved into the international arena with strong radio play on US radio in the late ‘90s. Continuing on their eclectic journey over three decades,
Chas & Dave were billed with rock band The Libertines in 2003-2004. Chas & Dave performed at the O2 Brixton Academy and The HMV Forum, (previously The Kentish Town Forum) and then in 2005, the dynamic duo joined EMI and debuted at Glastonbury Festival.
After Dave’s wife passed away in 2009, Dave decided to retire from the band, however; Chas & Dave were reunited once more in 2011, with three sell out dates at London IndigO2, The Liverpool Cavern and the Glasgow O2 ABC.