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Song titles can be misleading; the rabbit in this song is not a rabbit, it's not even a noun, but a verb. Rabbit is a colloquialism for talking too much, in this case a gorgeous but anonymous young lady is the rabbiter. Although an innocuous part novelty, part Cockney dialect song, it led to a certain amount of manufactured controversy in the tabloid press back in 1981. According to Daily Mirror correspondent Claire Packman of Tunbridge Wells, "The song promotes the stereotype idea that women are objects for men to admire and use". Or perhaps it implies that men don't like women who talk too much, however physically prepossessing they may be?
"Rabbit" was co-written by the duo and is copyright 1979 by Chasdave Music of London. It was released on the Rockney label backed by "The Sideboard Song
", November 29, 1980. (thanks, Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2)
This song has a connection with Elly Jackson of the electropop duo La Roux. Any suggestions…? Well, to put you out of your misery, Ms. Jackson's father Kit is a jobbing actor and in his capacity as a thespian, he appeared on the cover of the "Rabbit" single.
"Rabbit" like Gertcha
was used in a television advertising campaign for Courage Bitter.
Dave (Peacock) of Chas and Dave said to The Guardian: "A lot of rock'n'roll stuff has humour in it. Like the Coasters, 'Take out the papers and the trash.' Rabbit is an English version of that."
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