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Message from Dave (USA):


I was 15 and staying at the Earls Court youth hostel on the first night of a cross England and France bicycle trip with two buddies of mine when all of a sudden young Slade fans were turning up throughout the neighborhood enroute to the Earls Court Exhibition Hall for a Slade concert. I couldn't believe my eyes for these fans had dolled themselves up with top hats, and platform boots, and the like, and I thought to myself, well, this must be something really BIG but being from the States I had never heard of Slade. Well, all summer long throughout France, I heard on the radio Skweeze Me Pleeze Me, and that deafening bass riff took me from London to Nice, France on the bicycle.

When I returned to the States at the end of the summer holidays, I saw that Slade were to perform at the Academy of Music a large venue in Manhattan, New York. (I didn't know at the time that Don had been near fatally injured in the horrible accident after that Earls Court concert.) I rushed to buy tickets, and when Slade got onstage everybody was on their feet waving and stomping, Dave in his silver glitter moonsuit outfit pointed to everyone in the audience while Noddy blinded us with his mirrored top hat.

For months afterward, I couldn't understand how come none of our American radio stations would play any of this great poprock music, I constantly felt like I was climbing uphill when I tried to describe or play Slade to my group of friends. But most of the FM stations were playing boring Soft Rock (or Southern Rock) like Eagles, America (who really cares about the horse with no name), Allman Bros. or the Grateful Dead. Meanwhile the AM (translate: top 40) stations seemed too afraid of Slade's sexual inuendo lyrics or something and simply ignored them.

Meanwhile, Slade sold out wherever they played: In Boston, New York, St.Louis, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, to name a few.

The following summer ('74) Slade played at an outdoor venue - in Central Park - at the Wollman Ice Rink (used to be called the Shaeffe Beer Music Festival). Again, Slade was through the roof, but since there was no roof, their noize shook every posh luxury penthouse along the edge of Central Park from Midtown to Harlem! While us fanz were having a stompin' good time, the condo owners were putting in their claims for broken windows, broken china and so on. Soon after that, the Department of Parks had to change the rules for concerts in the park, and restricted the decibels emanating from the outdoor concert venues.

Slade came back again in '75 and played the Felt Forum (theatre in the same building as Madison Square Garden). I brought all my friends to that concert, at least 16 fanz. I was deaf for days after that one. Yet, despite all the exposure of touring and concert dates, and the occasional appearance on TV, still no air play. It was devastating I say. (Meanwhile Kiss was soon to take off on their own right, and with much of the Slade personal!)

Year after year, album after album, missed opportunity hit song after missed hit song - don't tell me Do We Still Do It, Goodtime Gals, Gypsy Roadhog, and All The World Is A Stage, just to mention a few are not Number 1 hit singles - yet no mention of the boyz anywhere.

Sure, their music matured over the yearz, as did the boyz. I guess Radio Wall of Sound, produced a net 28 years after the start of the band, has become their swansong. That's why I levitated 3 feet out of my chair today when I heard on a popular Boston radio morning show a RadioWall Of Sound/Run Runaway music bed. It's amazing how good taste can be contagious.

Now when I chat up visiting tourists or students from the U.K.and ask them what is the song they remember most on the radio during the holiday season, and they tell me Merry Xmas Everybody by, oh yes, Slade, and oh yes, Noddy from the tele or the Saturday radio show,...and I reveal to them that Americans have NEVER HEARD THAT SONG their jaws drop to the ground in disbelief!

Noddy (the pipes), Jim (the musical genius), Don (I forget) and Dave (especially, since he would always point to me in the audience with my cardboard Top Hat with mirrors), u truly are the Top Of The Pops!


Dave from Springfield, Mass, USA




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Hello!


This is my first posting on the list, even though I joined it several months ago. Following examples of others I would like to introduce myself briefly.

My name is Andrzej Rusewicz. I am Polish but I have been living in USA for the past 12 years (currently Richmond, Virginia). I am 34 years old and I have been Slade fan for over 20 years. I was lucky to be growing up in the seventies when Slade ruled. I was even luckier to live in Poland at that time, since Polish radio played Slade (and their peers) all the time. I had most of the band's songs taped from these broadcasts (LPs were hard to come by. Polish stores did not carry Western labels. LPs that found their way to Poland were priced way over most people's heads).

By contrast, Slade stuff is nearly impossible to find here in USA. Over the past 12 years I have managed to get some of Slade's LPs in various used record stores. Most of them are US releases. As far as I know they often differ from the European ones. For instance "Old New Borrowed and Blue" was released in the States as "Clap Your Hands and Stomp Your Feet" and several tracks were substituted.

Recently, one of the US cable music chanels (VH1) had a week special on the seventies. I watched as much as I could. There was nothing about Slade! Outrageous! But one could see acts like Village people, Osmonds and others alike.

I would like to hear from other Slade fans here in the States. How about a little convention?

For those of you who live in Europe and heve better acces to Slade stuff: please post some info (recent or old) on Slade. What do the band members do nowadays? I have heard about Slade II, but I cannot imagine any Slade without Noddy.

Here is one more of my Slade momories. About 20 years ago a friend of my got his hands on an issue of BRAVO, German music magazine, featuring Slade. Included in the issue were 2 (if I remember correctly) floppy Slade singles. On one of them the guys were introducing their songs and talking about their music. I had that taped, but since then the tapes seriously deteriorated and are gathering dust somewhere in my parents house in Poland. Anybody remembers that? The other single had two songs on it: "Raining In My Champagne" and "She Did It To Me". I miss those songs terribly as neither of them is included on any of my LPs or CDs. Could somebody help me find out how to find them in USA?

P.S. I just received the posting about Gary Glitter and Suzi Quatro. I would like to get some info about them as well. Are there internet-lists on any of them? Any fans of Sweet, Mungo Jerry, Mud, Rubettes, Kenny, Hello out there?

Slade IS number 1 (although The Beatles have got to be above everybody else by default)


Andrzej Rusewicz, Russia




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Hi!

I don't post very often, because I don't have as much knowledge of Slade's music as everyone else. In any case, I would like to say that my music tastes are quite eclectic from soul to rap to techno to Stones/Beatles/Kinks, and even Slade. My first time I heard of Slade was my German book in 1987, because in one of the photographs there was a chartlisting for 1977 or so, and lo and behold there was Slade: Sladest.

Backthen I had *no* idea what their music sounded like. It wasn't until 1993 when "Far far away" was being re-released as a single in Germany. I thought it was pretty cool. Before I joined the list, I always thought "Cum on feel teh noize" was an original song by Quiet Riot. I stand corrected :)

Radio Luxembourg played "My oh my", and I recorded it with my AIWA HSJ-390 walkman. It's also a Slade classic for me.

I bought the tape in Chico, California (where I am now) for $1 in the bargain bin. It seems most people in Chico don't know a good band when they hear one.

Even though Slade is no longer together (is this true?) their music will carry on, and we're all craizee now!

Keep *your* hands of my power supply! You can't tame a hurricane, the hurricane will backfire.

I'm ready...ready to EXPLODE!


Josh Hanz, Germany




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Slade ruled for sure!


I remember seeing SLADE in '76! The lineup was Dr. Feelgood, Slade, and Blue Oyster Cult headlining. I'd never heard of Feelgood before but, they kicked ass! I remeber Lee Brilleaux's harp blowing thru the PA sounded like it was inside my head, and Wilko's onstage antics were wild!

When SLADE came on next they blew the roof off! Slade's live sound was always LOUD! No compromises. They musta had a good sound man that knew his shit. I recall they did 2 songs off each album out then. I remember Nod with his mirrored top hat singing 'How does it Feel' and twirling his finger in the air to 'running around 'round 'round..' Wish I could remember more..

When I listen to Slade now, I find it hard to believe that such talent has been literally erased from musical history, It's like the Twilight Zone or something, Whatever happened to Slade? I guess us bunch keep them alive for what it's worth... I always find myself critical of other singers too, after listening to Nod... IMHO NO ONE COMES CLOSE...


Marc, USA




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Hi!

I am 30 years old. I got my first introduction to slade when I lived in Denmark. Back in 1973 I found a 100 kroner a bought a slade tape (Far Far Away) and I still have it. It is my 2 year old sons favorite song, he knows almost all the words to it. My wife and him went on a 4 hour car ride and when they got back she said they listened to it most of the way. I would give anything to see them in concert. If they ever... Well, let me know. I live in Chambersburg, PA and I love this slade stuff. I love any kind of news about them.

Look to the future now its only just begun.


Guy, USA




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The Best Time Of Our Lives!

Don't you think it would be possible that with all the love we have for this band proven by the fact that we are still talking about them and searching for their material across the world, don't you think that if we got them to play one date, anywhere, we would all go and have THE BEST TIME OF OUR LIVES. We'd tell all our friends. We'd talk about it like we were going to see Jesus. We'd feel like our desires weren't swallowed up and forgotten by the Music Corporation. Our knees would quiver, we'd would not sit for a minute, we'd jump and scream so loud, we'd all join hands together. We would relish this second chance. A second chance to feel so damn alive it HURTS! Don't you think they want to play again? Time heals and you never lose touch with what you do and create - don't you think Noddy wants to sing to us? This would be as much of a trip for them as it would for us. With every ounce they'd give we'd give back. Somebody get me a phone number, I'm calling!!!


Jack Clark




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I'm 37!

I was introduced to Slade back in '73 or '74. They were on the TV show "The Midnight Special" which in the midwest came on at exactly midnight. I used to have this cheap little tape recorder ready and I would tape bands I liked right off the TV speaker. Anyway, Slade played "Gudbuy T' Jane" and I was absolutely knocked out! It should also be noted that that show also introduced me to King Crimson who played some tracks from "Lark's Tongues in Aspic", if you can believe that!

In college we continued to listen to Slade. One of my friends had "Alive" and we used to have so much fun listening to that album. I remember thinking it was extremely funny when someone (Noddy I guess) burps/belches during the break in "Darling Be Home Soon".

As the years went by I lost touch. However, I did think it was pretty cool when Quiet Riot did their thing.......Then, just within the last month, I got this sudden urge to hear Slade "Alive". I never owned the album and my only memories were of listening to it in college (on my friends shitty stereo). So I stopped by a used record store here in KC and I'll be damned if they didn't have two copies. One was NM+ so I picked it up.

Again, I was completely blown away! Side 1 has to be some of the best liverock music ever captured on tape. Simply stunning. And the crowd. NEVER have I heard a live recording where you can hear the band playing loud, and the crowd at the same time. Simply amazing stuff. I recorded it and havebeen listening to it to and from work.

So, I'm ready to get a couple of CDs....Looks to me like I should start with the compilations. Any recomendations for someone who hasn't listened to Slade in several years?


Monte Olson,
Kansas City, Missouri, USA




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Slade At Winterland Arena In San Francisco - December 1973


Forgot to mention -- when I saw Slade at Winterland arena in San Francisco in December 1973, we wouldn't let the band leave the building at the end of their set! Normally, if the band was hot, we could get two encores out of them. Well, we got two out of them, but we demanded more! We slapped. We stomped. We screamed. We held our cigarette lighters up. And kept it up for at least 10 minutes. The Bill Graham Presents people (who put on the show) finally had to relent and let Slade go onstage for one more tune! What a moment! They did a Chuck Berry tune. Can't remember the name. As we drove home that night, my friend demanded that he borrow my Slade Alive album the moment we got home. We really argued about it. But I finally let him take it. I listened that night to Slayed?!!! Fantastic!


Curt Cumming, USA




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Anyone remember Slade?!

I certainly remember Slade! I was in the US Military and stationd in Scotland for 2 years. Slade was the bigest band around until the Bay City Rollers came along. They always had a hit in the charts over there. I remember one I really liked called "Far Far Away" which was number 2 forever, but never made it to number 1 on the British charts.

Needless to say, I was out of the country (USA) when Slade tried their hand at success in America. I'm sure their success here was never anywhere near what it was in Britan and the rest of Europe. But I can remember geting American copies of Rolling Stone Magazine in Scotland and seeing one of their albums doing very well in the States. That album was called "Stomp Your Hands, Clap Your Feet" I think. This always amused me because I could not find anything by Slade with that name in Scotland (I bought a few Slade tapes there). Once I came back to America I went to a record store to check that album out and solve a mystery (I couldn't believe Slade would put somthing out in the USA and not in Europe). Imagine my surprise when I discovered that STYHCLYF was the same release as a tape I had called "Old, New, Borrowed and Blue" .

Other great Slade hits (in Britan anyway) were "Everyday", "Merry Christmas Everybody", "Mamma We're All Crazy Now", and many, many more. They had another hit in the USA around the mid-eighties but I can't recall the title now. But it was out around the same time a group called "Quiet Riot" had a hit with their own version of "Cum On Feel The Noize".

Yes, much of Slade's music is available on CD, much of it as an import.


John V. Smith, USA




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Feel the Noize . . . The Very Best of Slade !

Feel the Noize . . . The Very Best of Slade COME ON. Admit it. You want it. You're just a bit embarrassed about actually walking up to the till and buying it. Oh sure, we've all had enough of 'Merry Xmas Everybody' to last us another 12 months, but what about 'Take Me Bak'Ome', 'Mama Weer All Crazee Now' and 'Gudbuy T'Jane'? Because, of course, long before the Artist Formerly Known as Prince started getting sloppy with the alphabet, The Artists Formerly Known as the 'N Betweens were already bringing the English language into disrepute. From the violin break of 'Coz I Luv You' it was clear that there was a bit more to Slade than the ability to write football-chant choruses. But there wasn't very much more. And that was fine. The reason a couple of Slade's Top 20 hits are missing from this compilation is that you can't fit them all on to one CD (and how many groups could say that?). Is the later material as good as their string of early 1970s hits? No, not really; but there is enough here to prove that ­ like puppies ­ Slade aren't just for Christmas.


Victor




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Dave Glover
Oslo - Norway - 2002
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Dave & Steve
Oslo - Norway - 2002
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Dave & Steve
Oslo - Norway - 2002
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Slade On Stage!
Oslo - Norway - 2002
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39 years on the road!
Oslo - Norway - 2002
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Audience : 3000
Oslo - Norway - 2002
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Dave Hill
Sarpsborg (NO) 2003
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Don Powell
Sarpsborg (NO) 2003
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Steve Whalley
Sarpsborg (NO) 2003
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John Berry
Sarpsborg (NO) 2003
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SOS!
Sarpsborg (NO) 2003
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Steve Whalley
Oslo (NO) 2002
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Dave Glover
Oslo (NO) 2002
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Jimmy Lea & his violin!
Birmingham Barbarella's Club
11th of March 1979
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Noddy Holder
Birmingham Barbarella's Club
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Noddy Holder & the audience!
Birmingham Barbarella's Club
© Ian Edmundson

 

Slade around the mid 80's.

 

Slade On Stage
Oslo - Norway - 2002
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Slade On Stage!
Wolverhampton Civic Hall
October 4th 1979
© Ian Edmundson


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