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Knees Up Mother Brown

Knees Up Mother Brown

Knees Up Mother Brown is a 1938 song composed by Harris Weston and Bert Lee. It is particularly associated with Cockney culture.


There came a girl from France
Who didn't know how to dance
The only thing that she could do
Was knees up Mother Brown

Oh, knees up Mother Brown
Knees up Mother Brown
Knees up, knees up, never let the breeze up,
Knees up Mother Brown

Oh, hopping on one foot
Hopping on one foot
Hopping, hopping, never stopping
Hopping on one foot


Oh, prancing up and down
Prancing up and down
Prancing, prancing, never dancing
Prancing up and down


And whirling round and round
Whirling round and round
Whirling, whirling, never twirling
Whirling round and round



Chas & Dave (often billed as Chas 'n' Dave) are an English pop rock duo, most notable as creators and performers of a musical style labelled "rockney", which mixes "pub singalong, music-hall humour, boogie-woogie piano and pre-Beatles rock 'n' roll".[1] For a time, "Rockney" was also the name of their record label, and they achieved several British chart hits, their major breakthrough being "Gertcha" in 1979, which peaked at #20 and was the first of eight Top 40 hit singles the duo played on. The act has also enjoyed nine best-selling albums.

It was announced in September 2009 that the pair would no longer be working together as Dave Peacock planned to retire from the band following the recent death of his wife.[2][3] However, in 2010 the band announced a final tour in 2011.[4]

History and formation

The group consists of Charles Nicholas "Chas" Hodges (piano, vocals, banjo, guitars) and David Victor "Dave" Peacock (bass guitar, vocals, banjo, guitars) together with Michael Arthur "Mick" Burt on drums. In the 1970s Chas & Dave were prominent session musicians, playing for a wide range of artists; for instance - the hook used on Eminem's "My Name Is" was taken from a Labi Siffre tune, "I Got The", on which Chas & Dave performed.[5]

The rockney style was from the start intentional, as they felt an alternative to the way British bands copied American accents was needed. Chas has said

I was singing in an American accent. I thought, 'You're being a fraud, you should sing in your own accent', and that's when I started to work on the idea.[6]

The songs for which they are most known are partly comic, and Chas & Dave are strongly identified with London's blue collar and working class pub sing-song culture, although not necessarilyCockney. However, their 1982 number two hit, "Ain't No Pleasing You" was a more romantic record, with strings added to the usual piano, drum and bass sound.

Their single "Gertcha" was used as the music behind a notable television commercial for Courage Bitter.[7]

"Rabbit" comes from the Cockney rhyming slang "rabbit and pork" meaning "talk".[8] The song is about a relationship between a man and a woman, in which the man expresses his love for his girlfriend, but complains that she will not stop talking or, "rabbiting". It was also used in a television commercial for Courage Bitter.[9]

"Snooker Loopy", a comic song about snooker, was released as a single in May 1986 and entered the UK Singles Chart, reaching #6.

Chas and Dave were offered the chance to record the theme song for the sitcom Only Fools and Horses but turned it down as they were in Australia at the time due to the success of "Ain't No Pleasing You".[6] However their song "Margate" was used in a feature-length episode of the comedy, entitled "The Jolly Boys Outing".

They also recorded four FA Cup final singles for Tottenham Hotspur including "Glory Glory Tottenham Hotspur"/"Ossie's Dream" in 1981 and "Tottenham Tottenham" in 1982. Tottenham Hotspur were victorious in both of these finals.[10][11] as well as appearing on the 1987 FA Cup Final song Hot Shot Tottenham!.

They opened for Led Zeppelin at the 1979 Knebworth Festival,[12] and Chas Hodges has said that one of his proudest moments was playing the Glastonbury Festival in 2005.[13]

Their work influenced The Libertines, who played their songs at rehearsals.[6] On 6 October 2008, their autobiography, Chas & Dave - All About Us, written by Chas, was published in the UK.[14] In June 2010, it was announced that Chas & Dave would reunite for one final tour in 2011.[4]

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The term Cockney has both geographical and linguistic associations. Geographically and culturally, it often refers to working class Londoners, particularly those in the East End. Linguistically, it refers to the form of English spoken by this group.


Cockney Rejects — британская oi!/панк-группа, образовавшаяся в 1979 году в Лондоне, Англия, и вошедшая в историю с песней «Oi! Oi! Oi!» (1980), давшей название движению, лидерами первой волны которого (наряду с Angelic Upstarts) они же и стали.[1]


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