Author Topic: I FUCKING LOVE SLADE  (Read 873 times)

Nowhere Man

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I FUCKING LOVE SLADE
« on: May 16, 2018, 07:53:57 AM »
Capital letters are appropriate because by fuck, Noddy "National Treasure" Holder had one of the loudest fucking voices in Rock, shirley?



Anyway they're fucking great if you're in the right mood, unpretentious and just an all around laugh really. Shame they only get trotted around at Christmas these days but they did have a shit ton of great glam rock stompers in the 70s. Probably the biggest British act since The Beatles at the time, I believe they were tied with ABBA for the most chart success that decade.

Plus Dave Hill's barnet is surely the first image aliens should come across once they reach us.



But yeah check out the fuckin classics:

Gudbuy T'Jane
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ji1RSSZg1es

Cum on Feel The Noize (an infinity amount of times better than the shit Quiet Riot rip off that is sadly much better known than the original in the US, cuh silly Americans innit?)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qu_ozjAu_vM

Everyday (One of their most Beatlesque numbers, a young Noel Edmonds at the start, there!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pPL9PPy1MI

Mama Weer All Crazy Now
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPTk5poAa1c

Take Me Bak 'Ome (Probably the song and film clip most evocative of the early 70s?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEOoXjdnOmw

Cuz I Luv You
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxFHTxI_dzs

How Does It Feel? (Probably my favourite of their 70s run)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0U_StmOgGX0

IT'S CHRISTMAS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apoFZv5J6xo

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Re: I FUCKING LOVE SLADE
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2018, 07:57:26 AM »
i love this one its like a bee gees song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgR0_gOzEjE

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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2018, 08:01:23 AM »
When Oasis first appeared, I recall my old man being baffled by the Beatles comparisons.

"They're just a crap version of Slade", he said. As in, for starters, Noddy had a great rhythm section behind him.

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« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2018, 08:04:01 AM »
i love this one its like a bee gees song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgR0_gOzEjE

Yeah, that's a lovely one right there, a lot of the earliest stuff is really good. I didn't really mention but Slade really were a much more versatile band than they're often given credit for. The singles alone don't show the whole picture.

Having said that, this compilation is still probably the best album to get into them



When Oasis first appeared, I recall my old man being baffled by the Beatles comparisons.

"They're just a crap version of Slade", he said. As in, for starters, Noddy had a great rhythm section behind him.

Your old man was right, Oasis was clearly emulating the Slade sound, just brickwalled to fuck and back.

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« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2018, 08:28:09 AM »
I heard a band doing a cover of Merry Xmas Everybody but with a totally straight rhythm, no swing feel, and it took me ages to work out what it sounded like: Weezer. If you take the swing out of that song it is exactly Blue album Weezer.

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« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2018, 08:43:33 AM »
'How Does It Feel?', 'Far Far Away' and 'Cuz I Love You' are 3 of the best songs of the 70s.
Even their classic singles have far more going on that most disposable pop songs, and Noddy's voice is amazing.

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« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2018, 10:32:41 AM »
People forget their other classic - Look Wot You Dun

On their first album is also a wonderfully naive cover of If This World Were Mine, Noddy struggles to even hit a falsetto, it's all very awkward.

Merry Xmas Everybody was a hangover song from their days as a hippie band and originally had psychedelic lyrics “So won’t you buy me a rocking chair to watch the world go by, buy me a looking glass to look me in the eye-ee-ee.” Canny Noddy rescued it from the bin with an eye on the lucrative Christmas market.

Their manager noticed in the late 60s there was a new trend in shaved heads and bother boots in the MOD market so made the band change their image and hoped it would take off, it didn't, and they didn't change their set list so were still playing oddly innappropriately twee songs and covers like Martha My Dear while dressed like they were going to kick your head in. All very schizophrenic.

They do a nice cover of John Sebastian's Darling, I'll Be Home Soon.

Oh and Dave Hill 'accidentally' moves into a mansion next to a Catholic girls' school, the presenter is still reading from the Press Release (You're only twenty..) when he's more likely pushing 30, and the school girls all round the hedges "Oh Dave, please. I've never had it!"

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« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2018, 07:21:13 PM »
They were a real live band too. Amazing actually.

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

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« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2018, 07:27:10 PM »
I haven't seen it in years but I recall their feature film 'Slade In Flame' being really good, more like a Ken Loach film than the Hard Day's Night knockoff I was probably expecting. Can't remember if they drink any cup-a-soup in it though.

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« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2018, 07:27:36 PM »
This one's a good one that never gets any attention - Do We Still Do It.

https://youtu.be/6VTi8hYbZPk

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« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2018, 12:54:48 AM »
The thing I liked about them as a child was that unlike most of the other glam groups (Wizzard, T. Rex, Sweet etc.) they actually looked like they were having a good time and enjoying themselves on Top of the Pops. No posing or scowling. That's what mattered to me as a boy.

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« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2018, 01:10:35 AM »
Skweeze Me Pleeze me is a personal favourite.

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« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2018, 05:13:58 AM »
Not on Spotify! Them and Joanna Newsom...

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« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2018, 07:12:00 AM »
I haven't seen it in years but I recall their feature film 'Slade In Flame' being really good, more like a Ken Loach film than the Hard Day's Night knockoff I was probably expecting. Can't remember if they drink any cup-a-soup in it though.
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« Reply #14 on: May 17, 2018, 07:16:56 AM »
i wish they did more proto-oasis ballads (or maybe they have and i just dont know them) like far far away, everyday, how does it feel

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« Reply #15 on: May 17, 2018, 07:22:24 AM »
Slade in Flame is indeed great. Bleak as fuck, it's got more shady characters than the current Cabinet. Plus Tommy Vance is in it.

At the height of their fame, and in the immediate wake of their smash hit Cum On Feel The Noise, the band very nearly released this Grappelli/Reinhardt pastiche jazz thing as their next single. It ended up on the b-side but has remained a fan favourite. Imagine Noddy and the boys doing this on TOTP in 1973 with Roy Wood and Gary Glitter and the Osmonds standing around watching them and scratching their heads...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0nQirj7MjhQ

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Re: I FUCKING LOVE SLADE
« Reply #16 on: May 17, 2018, 09:20:33 AM »
Lest we forget, Run Runaway, the best Big Country pastiche/pisstake ever committed to vinyl.

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« Reply #17 on: May 17, 2018, 09:37:40 AM »
I'd love to forget that.

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« Reply #18 on: May 17, 2018, 09:59:15 AM »
I'd love to forget that.

Why? It's great.

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« Reply #19 on: May 17, 2018, 05:15:09 PM »
They also gave us the one of the great, lost footy anthems:

Give us a Goal

'Shoot, ya silly fff...ool'

Hands up who else bought 'Radio Wall of Sound'? Not their best single, but fun when you're 13 and haven't yet learned to despise Mike Read.

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« Reply #20 on: May 17, 2018, 06:44:54 PM »
That's great, I remember when that came out and I never bought it or owned it since. I never heard that track until today.
 
At the height of their fame, and in the immediate wake of their smash hit Cum On Feel The Noise, the band very nearly released this Grappelli/Reinhardt pastiche jazz thing as their next single. It ended up on the b-side but has remained a fan favourite. Imagine Noddy and the boys doing this on TOTP in 1973 with Roy Wood and Gary Glitter and the Osmonds standing around watching them and scratching their heads...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0nQirj7MjhQ

I think Jim Lea is a real powerhouse of a musical director, a bit like Mick Jones in the Clash, someone with a natural musical gift who writes material to bring out the best in his bandmates.

Unlike the Clash however, Slade were almost completely bullshit free.

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« Reply #21 on: May 17, 2018, 07:32:34 PM »
Dunno their bullshit was posturing as another glam act when they were clearly much more than that.

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« Reply #22 on: May 17, 2018, 07:44:45 PM »
I had the pleasure of interviewing The Nod about his favourite records once and he’s a MASSIVE Reinhardt/Grappelli fan. So that b-side might not have all been Jim Lea’s idea.

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« Reply #23 on: May 17, 2018, 07:48:34 PM »
Lest we forget, Run Runaway, the best Big Country pastiche/pisstake ever committed to vinyl.

That's never occurred to me before, but you're right. They even do the Big Country skipping dance when they are playing it.

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« Reply #24 on: May 17, 2018, 08:29:13 PM »
According to Jim's wikipedia page, he was also a mega Grappelli fan, hence learning the violin.
 
I had the pleasure of interviewing The Nod about his favourite records once and he’s a MASSIVE Reinhardt/Grappelli fan. So that b-side might not have all been Jim Lea’s idea.

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« Reply #25 on: May 17, 2018, 08:46:16 PM »
Hands up who else bought 'Radio Wall of Sound'? Not their best single, but fun when you're 13 and haven't yet learned to despise Mike Read.

Wasn't that just a single recorded to promote their 25th anniversary/Greatest Hits?
It's OK, but a bit of limp swan song.

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« Reply #26 on: May 17, 2018, 09:20:24 PM »
Slade are massively influential on the development of heavy metal. Germans loved them: Running Wild especially. And Running Wild's first two albums with their growly vocals and tremolo are arguably part of the First Wave of Black Metal. I'd like to argue Slade are more kvlt than Venom ever were.

Can I also mention how much Bob Mortimer looked like Dave Hill. He might be him!

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« Reply #27 on: May 17, 2018, 09:21:46 PM »
Grew up listening to Slade, and still have my "Sladest" and "In Flame" vinyl, bought for me as Christmas prezzies back in the way back when over there then.

Echo the love for How Does It Feel? - just an awesome, awesome tune. Pisses me off that Holder isn't usually thought of as one of rock's great vocalists, which he is.

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« Reply #28 on: May 17, 2018, 10:09:01 PM »
In Bob Stanley's excellent Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Pop, he quite brilliantly describes Nod as sounding like "John Lennon screaming down the chimney of the QE2." That's meant as a compliment, obviously.