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Slade may have never truly caught on with American audiences (often narrow-mindedly deemed "too British-sounding"), but the group became a sensation in their homeland with their anthemic brand of glam rock in the early '70s, as they scored a staggering 11 Top Five hits in a four-year span from 1971 to 1974 (five of which topped the charts). Comprised of singer/guitarist Noddy Holder (born Neville Holder, June 15, 1946 in Walsall, West Midlands, England), guitarist Dave Hill (born April 4, 1946, in Fleet Castle, Devon, England), bassist Jimmy Lea (born June 14, 1949, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England), and drummer Don Powell (born September 10, 1946, Bilston, West Midlands, England), the group originally formed in the spring of 1966 under the name the In-Be-Tweens, playing out regularly with a mixture of soul and rock tracks. But besides a lone obscure single, "You Better Run" (penned by future Runaways svengali Kim Fowley), the band never issued any other recordings. By the end of '60s, the group had changed their name to Ambrose Slade and signed on with the Fontana label. Soon after, the quartet hooked up with Animals bass player-turned-manager Chas Chandler (who had discovered Jimi Hendrix a few years prior), who promptly suggested the group shorten the name to just Slade and assume a "skinhead" look (Dr. Martin boots, shaved heads) as a gimmick.

 

After several albums featuring few original compositions from the quartet came and went (1969's Beginnings, 1970's Play It Loud), the group began to write their own tunes, grew their hair long, and assumed the look of the then-burgeoning glam movement, joining the same cause championed by such fellow Brits as David Bowie and T. Rex. This new direction paid off in 1971 with the number 16 U.K. single "Get Down and Get With It," which soon touched off a string of classic singles and led to Slade becoming one of the most beloved party bands back home. Slade also utilized another gimmick, humorously misspelled song titles, as evidenced by such singles as "Coz I Luv You," "Look Wot You Dun," "Take Me Bak 'Ome," "Mama Weer All Crazee Now," "Gudbuy t'Jane," "Cum on Feel the Noize," "Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me," and "Merry Xmas Everybody" (the latter of which re-entered the charts every holiday season for years afterward). Several attempts at cracking the U.S. market came up empty (with track listings between their U.K. and U.S. full-lengths differing), although such albums as Slade Alive! and Slayed? are considered to be some of the finest albums of the glam era.

Slade continued to score further hit singles back home, including such correctly spelled tracks as "My Friend Stan," "Everyday," "Bangin' Man," "Far Far Away," "How Does it Feel," and "In for a Penny," but with glam rock's dissolution and punk's emergence by the mid-'70s, the hits eventually dried up for the quartet. Despite the change in musical climate, Slade stuck to their guns and kept touring and releasing albums, as the title to their 1977 album, Whatever Happened to Slade?, proved that the group's humor remained intact despite their fall from the top of the charts. A large, dedicated following still supported the group as they offered a performance at the 1980 Reading Festival that was considered one of the day's best, resulting in sudden renewed interest in the group back home and Slade scored their first true hit singles in six years with 1981's "We'll Bring the House Down" and "Lock up Your Daughters."

Slade received a boost stateside around this time as well, courtesy of the U.S. pop-metal outfit Quiet Riot, who made a smash hit out of "Cum on Feel the Noize" in 1983 that resulted in a strong chart showing for Slade's 1984 release Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply (issued as The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome in the U.K. a year earlier). Slade then enjoyed a pair of U.S. MTV/radio hits, "Run Runaway" and "My Oh My." Holder and Lea also tried their hand at producing another artist around this time as well, as they manned the boards for Girlschool's 1983 release Play Dirty. Despite another all-new studio release, Rogues Gallery, and Quiet Riot covering another classic Slade tune ("Mama Weer All Crazee Now"), Slade was unable to retain their newfound American audience or rekindled British following and they eventually faded from sight once more, this time without a comeback waiting around the corner. During the '90s, a truncated version of the group dubbed Slade II was formed (without Holder or Lea in attendance), while Holder became a popular U.K. television personality as well as the host of his own '70s rock radio show. A 21-track singles compilation, Feel the Noize: The Very Best of Slade, was issued in 1997 (re-released under the simple title of Greatest Hits a couple of years later), which proved to be a popular release in England.

Current Members

  • Dave Hill - guitar, vocals (1966–present)
  • John Berry - bass, violin (2003–present), lead vocals (2019–present)
  • Russell Keefe - lead vocals, keyboards (2019–present)
  • Alex Bines - drums (2020–present)

Former members

  • Noddy Holder – lead vocals, guitar (1966–1992)
  • Jim Lea – bass, keyboards, violin, vocals (1966–1992)
  • Don Powell – drums (1966–2020)
  • Steve Whalley – lead vocals, guitar (1992–2005)
  • Steve Makin – guitar (1992–1996)
  • Craig Fenney – bass, vocals (1992–1994)
  • Trevor Holliday – bass, keyboards, vocals (1994–2000)
  • Dave Glover – bass, vocals (2000–2003)
  • Mal McNulty – lead vocals, guitar (2005–2019)

 


Studio Albums

Album Details   Track Listings

Beginnings

  • Released: 9 May 1969
  • Label: Fontana
  1. "Genesis"- 3:17
  2. "Everybody's Next One" - 2:47
  3. "Knocking Nails Into My House" - 2:25
  4. "Roach Daddy" - 3:05
  5. "Ain't Got No Heart" - 2:38
  6. "Pity The Mother" - 3:59
  7. "Mad Dog Cole" - 2:43
  8. "Fly Me High" - 2:57
  9. "If This World Were Mine" - 3:18
  10. "Martha My Dear" - 2:20
  11. "Born to Be Wild" - 3:25
  12. "Journey to the Centre of your Mind" - 2:56

Play It Loud

  • Released: 28 November 1970
  • Label: Polydor
  1. "Raven" - 2:37
  2. "See Us Here" - 3:12
  3. "Dapple Rose" - 3:31
  4. "Could I" - 2:45
  5. "One Way Hotel" - 2:40
  6. "Shape of Things to Come" - 2:18
  7. "Know Who You Are" - 2:54
  8. "I Remember" - 2:56
  9. "Pouk Hill" - 2:24
  10. "Angelina" - 2:50
  11. "Dirty Joker" - 3:27
  12. "Sweet Box" (Lea/Powell) - 3:25

Slayed?

  • Released: 1 November 1972
  • Label: Polydor
  1. "How D'You Ride" - 3:12
  2. "The Whole World's Goin' Crazee" - 3:37
  3. "Look at Last Nite" - 3:06
  4. "I Won't Let It 'Appen Agen" - 3:17
  5. "Move Over" - 3:45
  6. "Gudbuy T'Jane " - 3:34
  7. "Gudbuy Gudbuy " - 3:30
  8. "Mama Weer All Crazee Now" - 3:44
  9. "I Don' Mind" - 3:06
  10. "Let the Good Times Roll / Feel So Fine" - 3:45

Old New Borrowed and Blue

  • Released: 15 February 1974
  • Label: Polydor
  1. "Just Want a Little Bit" - 4:02
  2. "When the Lights are Out" - 3:06
  3. "My Town" - 3:08
  4. "Find Yourself a Rainbow" - 2:12
  5. "Miles Out to Sea" - 3:51
  6. "We're Really Gonna Raise the Roof" - 3:09
  7. "Do We Still Do It" - 3:05
  8. "How Can It Be" - 3:04
  9. "Don't Blame Me" - 2:33
  10. "My Friend Stan" - 2:42
  11. "Everyday" - 3:13
  12. "Good Time Gals" - 3:36

Slade in Flame

  • Released: 29 November 1974
  • Label: Polydor
  1. "How Does It Feel" 5:54
  2. "Them Kinda Monkeys Can't Swing" 3:27
  3. "So Far So Good" 3:02
  4. "The Bangin' Man" 4:11
  5. "O.K. Yesterday Was Yesterday" 3:58
  6. "Far Far Away" 3:37
  7. "This Girl" 3:32
  8. "Lay It Down" 4:08
  9. "Thanks for the Memory" 4:34
  10. "Standin' On the Corner" 4:54

Nobody's Fools

  • Released: 5 March 1976
  • Label: Polydor
  1. "Nobody's Fool" - 4:40
  2. "Do the Dirty" - 4:42
  3. "Let's Call It Quits" - 3:30
  4. "Pack Up Your Troubles" - 3:25
  5. "In for a Penny" - 3:35
  6. "Get on Up" - 3:26
  7. "L.A. Jinx" - 3:58
  8. "Did Ya Mama Ever Tell Ya" - 3:06
  9. "Scratch My Back" - 3:06
  10. "I'm a Talker" - 3:18
  11. "All the World Is a Stage" - 3:57

Whatever Happened to Slade

  • Released: 21 March 1977
  • Label: Barn
  1. "Be" - 3:59
  2. "Lightning Never Strikes Twice" - 3:08
  3. "Gypsy Roadhog" - 3:23
  4. "Dogs of Vengeance" - 2:48
  5. "When Fantasy Calls" - 3:23
  6. "One Eyed Jacks With Moustaches" - 3:20
  7. "Big Apple Blues" - 4:38
  8. "Dead Men Tell No Tales" - 3:38
  9. "She's Got the Lot" - 4:34
  10. "It Ain't Love But It Ain't Bad" - 3:09
  11. "The Soul, the Roll and the Motion" - 4:36

Return to Base....

  • Released: 1 October 1979
  • Label: Barn
  1. "Wheels Ain't Coming Down" - 3:40
  2. "Hold on to Your Hats" - 2:32
  3. "Chakeeta" - 2:26
  4. "Don't Waste Your Time (Back Seat Star)" - 3:28
  5. "Sign of the Times" - 3:57
  6. "I'm a Rocker" - 2:46
  7. "Nuts Bolts and Screws" - 2:30
  8. "My Baby's Got It" - 2:34
  9. "I'm Mad" - 2:46
  10. "Lemme Love into Ya" - 3:26
  11. "Ginny, Ginny" - 3:38

We'll Bring the House Down

  • Released: 13 March 1981
  • Label: Cheapskate
  1. "We'll Bring the House Down" 3:32
  2. "Night Starvation" 3:05
  3. "Wheels Ain't Coming Down" 3:37
  4. "Hold on to Your Hats" 2:33
  5. "When I'm Dancin' I Ain't Fightin'" 3:09
  6. "Dizzy Mamma" 3:37
  7. "Nuts Bolts and Screws" 2:29
  8. "My Baby's Got It" 2:35
  9. "Lemme Love into Ya" 3:26
  10. "I'm a Rocker" 2:42

Till Deaf Do Us Part

  • Released: 13 November 1981
  • Label: RCA
  1. "Rock and Roll Preacher (Hallelujah I'm on Fire)" 5:45
  2. "Lock Up Your Daughters" 3:27
  3. "Till Deaf Do Us Part" 3:29
  4. "Ruby Red" 2:53
  5. "She Brings Out the Devil in Me" 3:27
  6. "A Night to Remember" 3:54
  7. "M'Hat M'Coat" 1:42
  8. "It's Your Body not Your Mind" 3:04
  9. "Let the Rock Roll out of Control" 4:00
  10. "That Was no Lady that Was My Wife" 2:35
  11. "Knuckle Sandwich Nancy" 3:14
  12. "Till Deaf Resurrected" 1:05

The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome

  • Released: 3 December 1983
  • Label: RCA
  1. "Slam the Hammer Down" 3:25
  2. "In the Doghouse" 2:44
  3. "Run Runaway" 5:00
  4. "High and Dry" 3:10
  5. "My Oh My" 4:12
  6. "Cocky Rock Boys (Rule O.K.)" 3:27
  7. "Ready to Explode" 8:38
  8. "(And Now the Waltz) C'est La Vie" 3:43
  9. "Cheap 'n' Nasty Luv" 3:27
  10. "Razzle Dazzle Man" 4:39

Rogues Gallery

  • Released: 3 December 1983
  • Label: RCA
  1. "Hey Ho Wish You Well" 5:18
  2. "Little Sheila" 3:56
  3. "Harmony" 3:43
  4. "Myzsterious Mizster Jones" 3:35
  5. "Walking on Water, Running on Alcohol" 4:57
  6. "7 Year Bitch" 4:15
  7. "I'll Be There" 4:31
  8. "I Win, You Lose" 3:31
  9. "Time to Rock" 4:08
  10. "All Join Hands" 5:31

Crackers - The Christmas Party Album

  • Released: 18 November 1985
  • Label: Telstar
  1. "Let's Dance"
  2. "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"
  3. "Hi Ho Silver Lining"
  4. "We'll Bring the House Down"
  5. "Cum On Feel the Noize" (re-recording)
  6. "All Join Hands"
  7. "Okey Cokey"
  8. "Merry Xmas Everybody"
  9. "Do You Believe in Miracles"
  10. "Let's Have a Party!"
  11. "Get Down and Get With It"
  12. "My Oh My"
  13. "Run Runaway"
  14. "Here's to... (the New Year)"
  15. "Do They Know It's Christmas?"
  16. "Auld Lang Syne / You'll Never Walk Alone"

You Boyz Make Big Noize

  • Released: 18 November 1985
  • Label: Telstar
  1. "Love Is Like a Rock" 3:40
  2. "That's What Friends Are For" 3:16
  3. "Still the Same" 4:13
  4. "Fools Go Crazy" 3:16
  5. "She's Heavy" 2:35
  6. "We Won't Give In" 3:37
  7. "Won't You Rock with Me" 3:47
  8. "Ooh La La in L.A." 3:52
  9. "Me and the Boys" 2:48
  10. "Sing Shout (Knock Yourself Out)" 3:10
  11. "The Roaring Silence" 2:48
  12. "It's Hard Having Fun Nowadays" 3:48

Singles

Year Song Title
1966 "You Better Run"
(Released as The N' Betweens)
1969 "Genesis"
(Released as Ambrose Slade)
"Wild Winds are Blowing"
(Released as The Slade)
1970 "Shape of Things to Come"
"Know Who You Are"
1971 "Get Down and Get With It"
"Coz I Luv You"
"Look Wot You Dun"
1972 "Take Me Bak 'Ome"
"Mama Weer All Crazee Now"
"Gudbuy T'Jane"
1973 "Cum On Feel the Noize"
"Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me"
"My Friend Stan"
"Merry Xmas Everybody"
1974 "Everyday"
"The Bangin' Man"
"Far Far Away"
1975 "How Does It Feel"
"Thanks for the Memory (Wham Bam Thank You Mam)"
"In For a Penny"
1976 "Let's Call It Quits"
"Nobody's Fool"
1977 "Gypsy Roadhog"
"Burning in the Heat of Love"
"My Baby Left Me - That's All Right"
1978 "Give Us a Goal"
"Rock n' Roll Bolero"
1979 "Ginny, Ginny"
"I'm a Rocker"
"Sign of the Times"
"Okey Cokey"
1980 "Six of the Best (EP)"
Live at Reading (EP)
"When I'm Dancin' I Ain't Fightin'" / "Born to Be Wild"
"Somethin' Else" / "Pistol Packin' Mama" / "Keep a Rollin'"
Xmas Ear Bender (EP)
"Merry Xmas Everybody" / "Okey Cokey" / "Get Down and Get With It"
1981 "We'll Bring The House Down"
"Wheels Ain't Coming Down"
"Knuckle Sandwich Nancy"
"Lock Up Your Daughters"
1982 "Ruby Red"
"Rock and Roll Preacher" (German only single)
"(And Now the Waltz) C'est La Vie"
1983 "My Oh My"
1984 "Run Runaway"
"Slam the Hammer Down" (US only single)
"All Join Hands"
1985 "7 Year Bitch"
"Myzsterious Mizster Jones"
"Little Sheila" (US only single)
"Do You Believe in Miracles"
1987 "Still The Same"
"That's What Friends Are For"
"You Boyz Make Big Noize"
"Ooh La La in L.A." (US only)
"We Won't Give In"
1988 "Let's Dance '88"
1991 "Radio Wall of Sound"
"Universe"