” Ain’t No Pleasing You ” is by Chas & Dave, who were a pop-rock duo from England, consisting of Chas Hodges and Dave Peacock.
Their musical style, known as Rockney, a mix of rock ‘n’ roll, boogie-woogie piano and pub singalong, helped Chas Hodges and Dave Peacock reached the charts in the United Kingdom several times during their career.
They released forty-one singles and eighteen albums, eight of which peaked inside the Top Forty on the album chart.
On the 22nd of September 2018, lead singer Chas Hodges died aged 74 after receiving treatment for cancer.
” Ain’t No Pleasing You ” was released on the 7th of March 1982 under the duo’s record label Rockney.
The single, written by Chas Hodges, was taken from their seventh album, Mustn’t Grumble, which entered the UK Albums Chart on the 17th of April 1982 and reached number thirty-five. The album spent two weeks in the Top Forty and eleven weeks in the Top 100.
The inspiration for the break-up ballad lyrics came from Chas’ brother, Dave, who recounted a time his wife criticised him for the way he’d put up a curtain, in reply Dave said: ” There ain’t no f**king pleasing you, is there? “.
The composition, which moved away from their usual knees up, pub singalong style, is made up of strings bass, piano and drums.
Although the song was written mainly by Chas Hodges, Dave Peacock was consulted throughout the writing process to make sure he was happy with both the lyrics and style.
” Ain’t No Pleasing You ” was laid down as a rough track at the Portland Studios in London, England. Later another mix was made, which was more polished. However, the duo liked the rough version more.
The first mix was found to contain an editing error which meant there was an unusual number of beats. It was decided that the rough version of the song was the one they’d use. Chas & Dave wanted to release the track as a single, the record label thought it was not likely to be a hit and so released other tracks as singles instead.
After performing the song on a television show, the response prompted the label to release it as a single. Just before release, the string arrangement by Chas was recorded with eight violins and two cellos, these were overdubbed onto the track.
” Ain’t No Pleasing You ” became a commercial success for Chas & Dave. In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 13th of March 1982 and reached a peak of number two. It spent four weeks in the Top Ten and eleven weeks on the chart there.
In Ireland, the single entered the Irish Singles Chart on the 11th of April 1982 and peaked at number three, spending four weeks on the chart.
The single also made it to number three in New Zealand, eleven in Australia, nine in Belgium ( Flanders ) and fifteen in the Netherlands.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 2
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