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!