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No. 68: ‘Gertcha!’ – Chas

Listen to ‘Gertcha!’ by Chas & Dave

  • ‘Gertcha!’ – Chas & Dave (1979)

    Punk rock, cockernee style, by the popular knees-up duo

    ‘Is this the first ever punk single? Ha ha! I think so. We were at EMI around the same time as the Sex Pistols, so who knows? We sang “Wertcha” initially.

    It was a phrase we remembered from childhood, something yer dad would say before he slapped you one. It was part of what we called “rockney”: singing rock ’n’ roll about things we understood in our own accents.

    By the time we recorded it as “Gertcha!”, we changed one lyric: “When me rock ’n’ roll records wake him up” became “When me punk rock records wake him up.” Then it got used on a beer ad and made us some money. But there was always that London accent that gave it punk energy.’ Chas Hodges

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