Rabbit

Album: Rock and Roll Party (1980)
Charted: 8
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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? >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England
  • In defense of this song, Chas Hodges told the Metro in 2018: "It was just a bit of fun. It was about a girl who had everything going for her but would talk at all the wrong times. We got a few feminists on our backs."

    He added: "The majority of people who bought 'Rabbit' were little kids who thought it was about actual rabbits and blokes who wanted us to sign copies for their mothers-in-law."
  • 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 humor in it. Like the Coasters, 'Take out the papers and the trash.' Rabbit is an English version of that."
  • "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.
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