1-14-13          Slade

January 13th:  Happy birthday, Suggs (of Madness), born 1961.  On 1-13-73 Slade “Slayed?” LP was No. 1 in England.  1-13-68 The Who “Sell Out” LP charts at No. 13 in England.  Crooner Jack Jones born 1938.

Though #1 in England, Slade certainly never troubled the U.S. charts.  Polydor clearly didn’t know what to do with them in the U.S., nor did Warner Brothers or Cotillion (Atlantic).  About all I can add to that is that I used to see Slade LP’s cluttering up the $1 bin at hippie record stores in the early 70’s.  What is this stuff?

I was not to find out until many years later, when I first really encountered Slade as “figure of fun”-type stuff – used to taunt people who had lived in England, during that time.

I fully awoke to British 70’s glam rock while visiting Japan several years ago.  Now I take that ‘rubbish’ seriously, including Slade.  No decent compilation of British 70’s glam rock is without it’s Slade barn-burners:  Coz I Luv You, Mama Weer All Crayzee Now, C’mon Feel The Noize etc.  I’ve not read any Slade autobiographies – so I can’t explain their penchant for mis-spelling words etc.

Did anybody think of poor old Slade, when Quiet Riot decided to have hits with Slade’s material a decade later?  Ah, yes – I am certain the publishers knew what to do.  It still didn’t equate into any U.S. success for the Wolverhampton band, who remained popular in the UK with their many groovy glam 70’s hits.

Years later, when I first got to see “Slade…In Flame”, their movie – I was surprised at how good it was – clearly they wanted to make a film that they were pleased with, but also please the many UK fans.  See it, if you get the chance.  It actually got released in the US on DVD!  As did their wonderful “Best of” video…for some reason…

Do try to see Noddy Holder in the British TV series called “The Grimleys”, he acts, too!

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4 Responses to Slade

  1. Warren Bowman says:

    Wasn’t there a Slade video that was a big hit back in the day? Can’t remember the song…

    Sent from my fingers.

  2. postpunkmonk says:

    “You’re wrong there, Bob” [narrator jabs thoughtfully with pipestem] Slade most definitely did ride on the Quiet Riot bus with their then current album “Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply.” The hit single “Run Runaway” is their biggest US hit reached #20 in Billboard in 1984 and it represents a peak of the band’s fortunes in America. The song was such a great presence on the radio and MTV that it made Quiet Riot almost worth it! I have a 7″ of it! Tim Pope directed the caber tossing video for a pittance.

  3. ronkanefiles says:

    Ah, yes – I forgot the ‘hair metal’ version of Slade. PPMonk wins again!

  4. postpunkmonk says:

    Not so fun Slade fact: The band KISS® picked Slade as their model to emulate, which with the exception of “Rock + Roll All Nite,” which hits the mark reasonably well, they failed miserably at! Personally, I don’t hold it against Slade.

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