Slade Songs: The Early 1970s
At the age of thirteen, the songs of Slade introduced me to the brash, loud, cheery, and some might say, vulgar side of rock music.
Slade came to fame in the United Kingdom during 1971 bearing an image of warmhearted, boozy working-class fellowship. The band's brand of music was raw and simplistic, not for listening to but for shouting with. Their notorious live concerts were akin to the atmosphere of a football match, with chants and stomping boots. Above all, the group brought back a party feeling to popular music that it had been sadly lacking for some time.
This style gave Slade unparalleled success during the 1970s, garnering the group twelve consecutive UK Top Ten entries in the singles chart, along with three Number One albums.
Gathered together here, in chronological order, are those tracks that brought them fame between 1971 and 1973.
Slade: Get Down & Get With It - August 1971
Slade's first hit was a cover of an R&B song, originally recorded by American performer, Bobby Marchan. The group brought their raucous, relentless stomping style to the track which propelled them into the UK Top 20 in August, 1971.
Although Slade were one of the forerunners of the booming Glam Rock trend in the UK, their original image was that of the skinhead. Donning braces, 'bovver' boots and cropped hairstyles, their look had to change quickly due to the associations with skinhead violence. While this video does not reflect that style, this would be their final song promoted with this image.
Slade: Coz I Luv You - November 1971
Slade's first UK Number One single was this infectious plodder from late 1971. Dominated by Jimmy Lea's electric violin and Noddy Holder's rasping vocals, the song held the top spot for four weeks.
It established a formula that would provide the group with its Glam Rock mantle: a stomping rhythm, immediate riffs, misspelled song titles and their newly adopted garish image.
Slade: Look Wot You Dun - February 1972
By 1972, Glam Rock was in full swing in the UK and Slade were riding the wave. Their next misspelled and grammatically unsound title was Look Wot You Dun, and followed stylistically in the footsteps of their previous hit.
Bringing a stomping piano laden sound to the fore, the song landed at Number Four in February.
Slade: Take Me Bak 'Ome - July 1972
English teachers hated them, but teenagers loved them - and it is easy to see why. Written by Jim Lea and Noddy Holder, here's another example of a driving and infectious rock beat that, once again, took Slade to the summit of the UK charts during the Summer of 1972.
Slade: Mama Weer All Crazee Now - September 1972
Just two months later, Slade would have the best selling single in the UK with this accessible rocker taken from their third album Slayed?
Spending three weeks at Number One, the song would later be covered, with some success, by American heavy metal band, Quiet Riot.
Slade: Gudbuy T' Jane - December 1972
By now, Slade's UK hits were arriving with regularity, but the lucrative American market still eluded them. This one did manage to briefly scrape into the Billboard Hot 100, but real US success would not come until the 1980s.
December 1972 would see this track at Number Two, held off the top spot by Chuck Berry's My Ding-A-Ling, much to the chagrin of the group's fans.
Slade: Cum On Feel the Noize - March 1973
Surrounded by other Glam Rock bands and singers, such as The Sweet, Wizzard and Gary Glitter, Slade bypassed them all and rocketed to Number One with this party anthem of the genre.
In fact, it entered the UK Singles Chart straight at Number One, the first time this feat had occurred since The Beatles' Get Back in 1969.
Ten years later, the song would see huge success in the US when, once again, Quiet Riot produced their own version of the track, taking it high into the Billboard charts.
Slayed? in the Spotlight
Slade: Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me - July 1973
Slade's fifth Number One, and their second to enter the UK Singles Chart at the top. This would become the thirteenth best selling track of 1973.
Slade were, by now, a national institution.
Slade: My Friend Stan - October 1973
Stylistically, Slade returned to the stomping, raucous beat of their earlier hits, Coz I Luv You and Look Wot You Dun, with this Number Two hit from the Autumn of 1973.
Noddy Holder quite possibly had one of the defining rock voices of the era, as can be witnessed here on this ode to Stan.
Slade: Merry Xmas Everybody - December 1973
In the US, there is Bing Crosby's White Christmas; in the UK the defining Christmas song is this million selling Slade track, Merry Xmas Everybody.
Slade's sixth and final UK Number One single, the song has become a Yuletide anthem during the Christmas season in Great Britain. No self respecting party would be rocking without it. Its popularity is unflagging, having been released almost every December since it was first a hit.
The track has become such a part of UK culture that it is regularly voted as the country's most popular Christmas song.
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Thank you for joining me on this flashback to the early 1970s with the music of Slade. If you have some lasting memories of the group, or are just discovering their fun style of rock'n'roll, please let everyone know in the guest book.
© 2010 Richard
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Old time glam rock guy on March 01, 2016:
The first song I remembering hearing by Slade was Take Me Bak Ome; I thought it was electrifying and was hooked.
Now if memory serves one of their earliest LPs (as a skinhead band) was Play it Loud; this caused some controversy as it had a cartoon image of a nail in a human ear on the album cover.
I remember an interview by Noddy (i.e. Neville his real name) at the time saying that at one time they called themselves Ambrose Slade. The group got fed up of being referred to as Arm'ole or Armpit Slade and just became Slade.
You had it right in your write up; "the band's brand of music was raw and simplistic, not for listening to but for shouting with". Noddy could really belt out the vocals. Thanks in part to these guys I had a cracking time in my best ever year (1973) Great times, great days and I'm recalling the memories and smiling as I write this! Thanks fellas!
musiclover on August 03, 2015:
I discovered Slade in 1972 back in Brunei. They were one of the best and memorable bands of the 70s. Everyone of my classmates knew them.
Richard (author) from Surrey, United Kingdom on July 26, 2013:
@anonymous: Thanks for dropping by!
anonymous on July 26, 2013:
After watching the BBC 4 show on the history of SLADE I checked out this site to hoover up any more facts. Very decently done, well organised and must have taken a lot of time to do this. Thanks for that. Exxxxxcellent!!
flycatcherrr on December 24, 2012:
Oh I hadn't thought of Slade in years... A wonderful flashback!!
Holley Web on September 26, 2011:
The question might be . "Dearest Slade, how many ways do I love thee?" :)) These guys hold great memories for me.
TriviaChamp on April 13, 2011:
This is a great presentation of Slade songs. Quite interesting, entertaining and well organized. Great job! Blessed.
Ann from Yorkshire, England on December 02, 2010:
great lens thank for lens rolling my christmas tribute to Slade. x
Spook LM on November 23, 2010:
Loved Slade and they made it at about the time I lost my hearing. So sad about your recent loss Richard. Blessed by an Angel.
SteveRockGuitar on June 14, 2010:
They were a good fun rock band. Quiet Riot did admit later they tried to do a bad version of the song (Mama, We're all Crazee now) but couldn't. It was their biggest ever hit.
Ideal for playing rock guitar.
Michey LM on February 01, 2010:
Excellent, my browser is telling me that additional plug-ins are requested to display all the media on the page. I have to find out what is needed to fully take advantage of this beautiful site.
Congratulation, I love your lens
Cynthia Arre from Quezon City on January 31, 2010:
This is a great tribute/resource lens for Slade. Sorry for not having heard of this band before (funny though, I know the song C*m on Feel The Noize - just didn't know who sang it!) so thank you for the introduction.
clouda9 lm on January 31, 2010:
Oh for sure the best way to listen to Slade is cranked up loud while their music is spinnin' on the turntable. Loved this page and the 'platform' view ;)
drifter0658 lm on January 31, 2010:
This was Rock for teen boys...and am I proud I was a teen boy listening to Slade and KISS. It really was all about the explosion of energy. Nothing fancy, just a big bang!
Holley Web on January 31, 2010:
Slade Rocks! You know I love'em!
justholidays on January 31, 2010:
What can I say? I loved Slade and all these groups of the 70's even while I was child (born in the 60's). Oh my... hope for a return to these fantastic years of rock music and leave the current cacophony behind us.
Blessed by a SquidAngel.