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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
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
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
Slade came back again in '75 and played the Felt Forum
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
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
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
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
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:
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
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
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
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...
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.
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!!!
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
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?
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
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?!!!
Curt Cumming, USA
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
Feel the Noize . . . The Very Best of
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.