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No thread about them here it seems.

Personally I would like to point out that there's more to Slade than those golden hit years from 1971 to 1974. They continued releasing new stuff for a long while afterwards, coming up with several great singles.

Songs such as "Everyday", "Far Far Away", "How Does It Feel", "In For A Penny", "Run Runaway", "Seven Year Bitch", "Myzterious Mr. Jones", "That's What Friends Are For", "Still The Same" and "Radio Wall Of Sound" are all examples of excellent songs released after Slade had had their last UK #1. I am not too keen on "Auld Lang Syne"-ripoffs such as "My Oh My" but generally Slade's later material is terribly underrated.

And the early stuff? One of the best Christmas songs ever and several strong pop singles such as "Look Wot You Dun", "Cuz I Luv You" and "Mama Weer All Crazee Now".

Classic all the way!

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 10:00 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm not sure I have any opinions on Slade at the moment.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 10:22 (fourteen years ago) link

'those golden hit years from 1971 to 1974'

Weer in agreement--classic.

'They continued releasing new stuff for a long while afterwards, coming up with several great singles.'

I don' know. Have not heard all them but I'll take your word they're pretty gud. Run Runaway and its MTV video are about all we got in the States.

Carlos Keith (Buck_Wilde), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 10:40 (fourteen years ago) link

I like "My Oh My", though I'm still trying to figure out what "So let's all swing together my oh my" means. It is 'swing', right?

Joe (Joe), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 10:42 (fourteen years ago) link

"How Does it Feel" is genius. It became blindingly clear to me one morning as I woke up to Wogan spinning it on Radio 2. I like it when this happens. I hate it when I wake up to Carly Simon.

myopic_void (myopic_void), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 10:57 (fourteen years ago) link

Classic without an inkling of a smidgeon of doubt.

Myopic is OTM re "How Does It Feel?", but you can add a whole string of superb songs like "Everyday", "Thanks for the Memory", "My Friend Stan", "Far Far Away" (how did they get away with those lyrics?), "Look Wot You Done", etc.

After their Reading inspired metal revival they continued the quality with some superb songs exhibiting their own ridiculous tongue in cheek humour - "We'll Bring The House Down", "When I'm Dancin'" and the incredibly silly song concerning an inmate from a mental asylum who escapes to make love to his girlfriend which was, (of course) called "Nut Bolts and Screws"

I was lucky enough to see them live a couple of times in the early 80's and they were simply one of the most enjoyable bands I have ever seen; pedal to the metal entertainment for 2 and a half hours.

If they ever announce a comeback tour I will be first in the queue.

Guilty Boksen (Bro_Danielson), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 11:14 (fourteen years ago) link

Lots on Slade here:

How Brits hear Oasis and Blur (and Slade?) differently than Americans

xhuxk (xheddy), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 11:37 (fourteen years ago) link

and here:

Origins of Pub Rock

xhuxk (xheddy), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 11:39 (fourteen years ago) link

The Bangin' Man.

Dr.C (Dr.C), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 12:22 (fourteen years ago) link

Time after time.

What on earth could they have been singing about?

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 12:26 (fourteen years ago) link

Gudbuy T'Jane!

So Ho La (So Ho La), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 12:57 (fourteen years ago) link

"Steve McQueen! Steve, Steve, Steve McQueen!" as we used to mis-sing the lyrics in the playground.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 13:10 (fourteen years ago) link

Has Old New Borrowed And Blue (1973) ever been reissued on CD? I'd love to hear that again.

Fond memories also of earlier pre-hit material: "Pouk Hill", "One Way Hotel", "Wild Winds Are Blowing", "The Shape Of Things To Come".

mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 13:10 (fourteen years ago) link

All the early albums are getting the Universal remaster/redux treatment - out in August/September. The batch I got ranges from Beginnings to Slade In Flame.

Obligatory lost classic: "Nobody's Fool" - 1977 single and album title track; total anthem - almost punk, actually - but by then nobody was interested.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 13:18 (fourteen years ago) link

Oh, fantastic. I particularly want to hear "Do We Still Do It" and "Find Yourself A Rainbow" again. And from Slade In Flame, there's "Summer Song (Wishing You Were Here)".

Also from 1977, and also kind of punk-esque as I recall: "Be", from Whatever Happened To Slade?.

mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 13:25 (fourteen years ago) link

I have had "Old New Borrowed And Blue" in CD for years and I bought it here in Spain, I would have never guessed that it's difficult to find in the UK! It's a fantastic album, "When The Light Goes Out" is unbelievably teenyboppy and great...

Diego Valladolid (dvalladt), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 14:17 (fourteen years ago) link

Classic.

Mm, finished reading Noddy's autobio a coupla nights back. Well, Keith Emerson's autobio, to my slight surprise, was quite a bit more fascinating, really!

tiit (tiit), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 18:26 (fourteen years ago) link

"Nobody's Fool" - 1977 single and album title track; total anthem - almost punk, actually

Right. Slade. Punk rock. Nobody's Fool is a fairly good, tuneful hard rock record. About half of it built on boogie licks.

The American best of Get Your Boots One that's common in stores is disappointing. It doesn't draw well from what was representative of Slade's early 70's product marketed in the States when they weren't successful at all, although a good live draw by word of mouth. The better buy from the same company was the DVD of the In Flame movie which is a black laugher.

A double CD import showed up a couple months ago, the title escapes me, and is a better buy.

Slayed Alive, Slayed, In Flame and Nobody's Fool are all worth getting as imports. My copies sound fine. Old New Borrowed & Blue sounds better than the US version, Stomp Your Hands, Clap Your Feet for some reason I can't put my finger on right now.

I would have liked to have seen the second Slade Alive disc, but it never received any proper US release. A third live album, Slade On Stage, had fair moments but sounded poor. And then the band got a revival due to Quiet Riot, made another couple albums actually released in the US, neither of which I'm particularly fond of. First side of Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply is OK.

Urnst Kouch (Urnst Kouch), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 18:40 (fourteen years ago) link

Obligatory lost classic: "Nobody's Fool" - 1977 single and album title track; total anthem - almost punk, actually - but by then nobody was interested.

Which made most people miss the marvellous "In For a Penny" single as well.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 18:57 (fourteen years ago) link

A thousand times classic.

Jason Toon (Jason Toon), Thursday, 15 June 2006 02:45 (fourteen years ago) link

"In For A Penny" did peak at #11 in the UK, but some people may have been put off by the fact that there was at the time a moderately popular ITV sitcom of the same name starring Bob Todd and set in a public toilet.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Thursday, 15 June 2006 06:14 (fourteen years ago) link

I own and love Sladest, which I know is cheating.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sladest

Pete Scholtes (Pete Scholtes), Wednesday, 21 June 2006 03:52 (fourteen years ago) link

So fucking classic, kinda Uk Cheap Trick

A Viking of Some Note (Andrew Thames), Wednesday, 21 June 2006 04:46 (fourteen years ago) link

You clown. Slade preceded Cheap Trick by a great deal re rock 'n' roll time. It would be vice versa if anything. And if you knew anything about Cheap Trick you'd know that on a DVD they put out a year ago one of 'em confessed to seeing a landmark Slade gig in the States, one I was at. "Geez, they use every cheap trick in the book," said the pre-Cheap Trick guy prior to forming Cheap Trick.

Urnst Kouch (Urnst Kouch), Wednesday, 21 June 2006 05:33 (fourteen years ago) link

That's not far from what I was thinking, fuckwit. Also Rick Nielsen/Bun E. were active from the mid60s or so, much like Slade, etc etc etc, "confessed"? What the fuck's that supposed to mean? Did Lemmy ever CONFESS to going to a Ramones show?

A Viking of Some Note (Andrew Thames), Wednesday, 21 June 2006 05:48 (fourteen years ago) link

Nice try, but your mind is tossing upon the ocean. You don't know what DVD I'm talking about, do ya? Was it a comedy? Come up with the title? Faking it is OK. I know you can.

Cheap Trick was influenced by 60's/early 70's Brit hard rock, clown, and they've acknowledged it with some pride. So name 'em. Ouch, ouch.

Urnst Kouch (Urnst Kouch), Wednesday, 21 June 2006 06:23 (fourteen years ago) link

I dunno, the Move I guess. I don't care about some Dvd

A Viking of Some Note (Andrew Thames), Wednesday, 21 June 2006 06:31 (fourteen years ago) link

Classic.

nancyboy (nancyboy), Wednesday, 21 June 2006 08:48 (fourteen years ago) link

Where would Slade have been without TOTP?

Consider that!

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 21 June 2006 08:52 (fourteen years ago) link

three months pass...
I recently picked up the "Slade In Flame" DVD on a whim, as I never saw it the first time 'round.

By rights this ought to be great and yet I must be about a third of the way through it and feel zero enthusiasm to watch the rest. Certainly not helped by the fact that the sound quality is absolute shite - although frankly Noddy, Dave, Don and Jim's acting doesn't help matters.

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Friday, 6 October 2006 18:44 (fourteen years ago) link

I never got Slade as they never seem to impact me as much as Sweet

The PappaWheelie Story: Half Brain, Half Soul, All Mouth (on sale now) (PappaWhe, Friday, 6 October 2006 18:56 (fourteen years ago) link

Slayed Wuz Gud

M. V. (M.V.), Saturday, 7 October 2006 03:36 (fourteen years ago) link

Saw "Slade in flame" on C4 years ago, and was actually surprised how good it was. May have been because I wasn't expecting more than straightforward teensploitation, but I remember it having a real 'Play for today' bleakness to it, particularly toward the end.

SLAYED is one of those junkshop impulse purchases which has become a regular and dependable mood-lifter. As perfect in its way as any of the early Ramones LPs.

Soukesian (Soukesian), Saturday, 7 October 2006 07:29 (fourteen years ago) link

three months pass...
Since this thread has the links to the other two good Slade discussions (Pub Rock and How Brits Hear... mentioned above), I've decided to revive this one.

I just got my hands on the Slade Box that was released last fall and I'm stunned. I'm too young to have lived through their first glory days (which missed the US anyways) but jumped on board when Quiet Riot shat out their covers and "My Oh My" and "Run Runaway" were all over MTV. Even bought Rogue's Gallery when it came out and liked a good deal of it. But though I had the relatively recent Get Your Boots On comp in my collection I just didn't have a clue as to how monumentally awesome these guys were!

And, to my ears, they sound pretty unique. I can hear where some of their stomp and bombast influenced AC/DC and some punk, and the nice booklet that came with the set quotes Gene Simmons on Slade's importance on Kiss (both in sound and career path - kill 'em live and critics be damned, as it were). But none of these artists touch that Slade sound - they are just singular. Slade. Nothing else.

Anyways, the box set really is killer. Sounds much better than Get Your Boots On, and even at 80-odd songs I want more. Time to import Slade Alive!

EZ Snappin (EZSnappin), Thursday, 1 February 2007 15:36 (fourteen years ago) link

I think I need to look for this box (or at least a proper comp) when I'm over in London. Fopp must have *something*

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 1 February 2007 15:38 (fourteen years ago) link

I got it as a cheap import (like $36). No VAT.

EZ Snappin (EZSnappin), Thursday, 1 February 2007 15:40 (fourteen years ago) link

You can get the Slade box for about twenty quid in London town.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Thursday, 1 February 2007 15:43 (fourteen years ago) link

ten months pass...

aww, man... why didn't anyone TELL ME when i was younger how great slade were (other than the fact that no one in the USA seems to have heard of them)? having only recently discovered their early stuff i am in total fucking awe. i've got their songs going through my head 24 hours a day. i feel bad that the majority of my life i just thought of them as the gurning hat freaks from the "run runaway" video.

GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Monday, 24 December 2007 16:19 (thirteen years ago) link

Doesn't really get any closer Spinal Tap than this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53MuI1VUdwc&feature=related

...and I mean that in a good way. A very good way! I can't stop watching that opening. It's up there with Sweat Loaf and the start of the Von LMO album.

I've always wondered if Husker Du's "Terms of Psychic Warfare" was inspired by Slade's "Run Runaway."

bendy, Tuesday, 25 December 2007 01:10 (thirteen years ago) link

two years pass...

I remember that video when it first came out :D

POLL closes: April 31st (in 100 years) (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 14 April 2010 20:42 (eleven years ago) link

God knows why they filmed it at West Brom tho.

POLL closes: April 31st (in 100 years) (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 14 April 2010 20:46 (eleven years ago) link

skinhead-era slade:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v230/chazhalo/Slade-1.jpg

Brio, Wednesday, 14 April 2010 21:19 (eleven years ago) link

I'm trying to think of other bands that both xhuxk and Geir rate so highly. This must be a pretty rare convergence of taste.

o. nate, Thursday, 15 April 2010 16:24 (eleven years ago) link

one year passes...

Jim Lea was such a great bassist. Goddamn.

The Hetfieldification of the Menopausal Male (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Friday, 17 June 2011 05:07 (nine years ago) link

one year passes...

is this it the greatest exchange on this site, EVER?

So fucking classic, kinda Uk Cheap Trick
― A Viking of Some Note (Andrew Thames), Wednesday, June 21, 2006 5:46 AM (6 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

You clown. Slade preceded Cheap Trick by a great deal re rock 'n' roll time. It would be vice versa if anything. And if you knew anything about Cheap Trick you'd know that on a DVD they put out a year ago one of 'em confessed to seeing a landmark Slade gig in the States, one I was at. "Geez, they use every cheap trick in the book," said the pre-Cheap Trick guy prior to forming Cheap Trick.
― Urnst Kouch (Urnst Kouch), Wednesday, June 21, 2006 6:33 AM (6 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

That's not far from what I was thinking, fuckwit. Also Rick Nielsen/Bun E. were active from the mid60s or so, much like Slade, etc etc etc, "confessed"? What the fuck's that supposed to mean? Did Lemmy ever CONFESS to going to a Ramones show?
― A Viking of Some Note (Andrew Thames), Wednesday, June 21, 2006 6:48 AM (6 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Nice try, but your mind is tossing upon the ocean. You don't know what DVD I'm talking about, do ya? Was it a comedy? Come up with the title? Faking it is OK. I know you can.
Cheap Trick was influenced by 60's/early 70's Brit hard rock, clown, and they've acknowledged it with some pride. So name 'em. Ouch, ouch.
― Urnst Kouch (Urnst Kouch), Wednesday, June 21, 2006 7:23 AM (6 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I dunno, the Move I guess. I don't care about some Dvd
― A Viking of Some Note (Andrew Thames), Wednesday, June 21, 2006 7:31 AM (6 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Poliopolice, Friday, 7 September 2012 22:27 (eight years ago) link

five months pass...

aww, man... why didn't anyone TELL ME when i was younger how great slade were (other than the fact that no one in the USA seems to have heard of them)? having only recently discovered their early stuff i am in total fucking awe.

this to the power of 100.

this band = everything i ever wanted from 70s rock-n-roll.

so many classics beyond the singles ..

mark e, Thursday, 28 February 2013 22:55 (eight years ago) link

i really loved them in the mid 70s. i had a couple of singles. but i don't remember one song by them.

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Thursday, 28 February 2013 23:06 (eight years ago) link

time to rediscover ..

mark e, Thursday, 28 February 2013 23:09 (eight years ago) link

Their spelling certainly sucked...

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Thursday, 28 February 2013 23:12 (eight years ago) link

totally.

therefore it is time to delete their folder cos ...

mark e, Thursday, 28 February 2013 23:14 (eight years ago) link

i just listened to "cum on feel the noize" and i must say that it is really rubbish. it wasn't one of my singles though. i was about 13 when i was a fan, i also loved the sweet at the time. i think glam rock may have been fun at the time but most of it didn't age particularly well.

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Thursday, 28 February 2013 23:23 (eight years ago) link

five months pass...

6 song set from a 1971 tv appearance. Glorious.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVMygJ90UK0

EZ Snappin, Sunday, 11 August 2013 16:53 (seven years ago) link

seven months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPTk5poAa1c

Been listening a lot to "Slayed?". Love that album. This performance is pretty great, I like how the lead singer has all these buttons stuck to his hat, so they catch the light and leave temporary glowing circles from blowing out the cameras.

▴▲ ▴TH3CR()$BY$H()W▴▲ ▴ (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 27 March 2014 16:39 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

Got a nice vinyl copy of the In Flame soundtrack today (American version, with a shuffled tracklist and "The Bangin' Man" added).

Love, Wilco (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 25 May 2015 21:50 (five years ago) link

ten months pass...

Neville = Noddy, who are Ernest and Archibald I wonder?

Mark G, Monday, 25 April 2016 06:50 (five years ago) link

two months pass...

http://davidsteen.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/dave_hill2_steen.jpg

I would buy a coffee-table book of photographs documenting Dave Hill's various looks throughout the years

soref, Friday, 8 July 2016 02:53 (four years ago) link

http://www.stlbook.com/pages/1960s/images/62_63/8_slade.jpg

soref, Friday, 8 July 2016 02:54 (four years ago) link

eyebrows

brimstead, Friday, 8 July 2016 03:42 (four years ago) link

damn i absolutely love the first pic soref posted. killer hat.

brimstead, Friday, 8 July 2016 19:43 (four years ago) link

Me too, but it made me wonder if he had groupies back in the day.

one year passes...

boy that noddy holder sure can belt

j., Tuesday, 26 December 2017 18:59 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

Slade drummer Don Powell 'fired by email' after 57-year partnership. Drummer claims guitarist Dave Hill, a friend since 1963, fired him with ‘cold’ email, which Hill disputes.

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/feb/05/slade-drummer-don-powell-fired-over-email-after-57-year-partnership

Portsmouth Bubblejet, Wednesday, 5 February 2020 22:30 (one year ago) link

I read that on the Express & Star website tonight, it seems sad to me when people get to that age and still have these stupid fights over presumably very little

GK Chessington's World of Adventure (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 5 February 2020 22:35 (one year ago) link

Very sad that these old dudes who were basically working as a tribute act can't get along and are now divided into two tribute acts.

Corduroy Stridulations (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 6 February 2020 00:48 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

https://phildellio.tripod.com/martha.jpg

"I don't know about these Beatles covers--I feel like there's something else we could be doing."

clemenza, Friday, 16 April 2021 03:34 (three weeks ago) link


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