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Re: Slade

Postby The Red Heifer » 10 Aug 2017, 00:56

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I don't think this can be bettered:



If you close your eyes at the start you can still see crowds of 11-year-olds running to the school disco dancefloor in 1973. It brings tears to my eyes.

And at 0:49, when the first chorus comes in, it's little more than a yobbish chant - but it sends shivers up the spine. At least it does for me!

At 3:29, some kind of primitive (synthetic?) percussion comes in that just lifts the song a little higher. And Noddy's ad-libs towards the end are easily as good as Ian Hunter's at the end of 'Dudes' - but fired-up rather than wistful.

Did they do any better?


At times I would probably have this, if i were ever truly pressed on the issue, as my all time favourite song. Just hits me in every way one song can. Sends shivers up my spine just like you John. The fact that they'd rather play that Quiet Riot abomination over here is a travesty.

Just running the song through in my head is making my brain tingle!
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Re: Slade

Postby Bent Fabric » 10 Aug 2017, 01:03

They were immense, right? I love those singles like I love...I dunno...curry.

That they (to my knowledge) never had a Sgt. Pepper or a Tommy or an Electric Warrior may have some impact on their "ease of consumption", but...fucking wonderful. Really great songs, wonderfully delivered. "Merry Xmas Everybody" is definitely more moving to me than "White Christmas" or...you know, what have you.

KISS will certainly be the very first to admit that they absolutely worshiped and emulated Slade.

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Re: Slade

Postby Loki » 10 Aug 2017, 02:24

The Modernist wrote:They're the kind of band that everyone likes


Um, nope.

I guess it's just me.
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Re: Slade

Postby Charlie O. » 10 Aug 2017, 03:10

I love 'em, I do.

One thing that brought home to me how special they really were was that Live At The BBC set. Most of it is from before they started writing good songs in earnest, so there are a lot of covers. And the covers are for the most part pretty faithful to the originals arrangement-wise, and yet... they sound like Slade. It isn't just Noddy's voice, either; the whole band just had a special, unique chemistry.

My favorite of their own songs might be "Gudbuy T' Jane", then again it might be "Cum On", but this is one of my all-time favorite video clips by anybody:


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Re: Slade

Postby Matt Wilson » 10 Aug 2017, 03:32

Loki wrote:
The Modernist wrote:They're the kind of band that everyone likes


Um, nope.

I guess it's just me.


They're all right, but certainly not as great as this thread thinks.

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Re: Slade

Postby Quaco » 10 Aug 2017, 03:42

Bent Fabric wrote:They were immense, right? I love those singles like I love...I dunno...curry.

That they (to my knowledge) never had a Sgt. Pepper or a Tommy or an Electric Warrior may have some impact on their "ease of consumption", but...fucking wonderful.

They had a movie!
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Re: Slade

Postby Quaco » 10 Aug 2017, 03:42

Which I've never seen.
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Re: Slade

Postby Still Baron » 10 Aug 2017, 03:58

Bent Fabric wrote:They were immense, right? I love those singles like I love...I dunno...curry.

That they (to my knowledge) never had a Sgt. Pepper or a Tommy or an Electric Warrior may have some impact on their "ease of consumption", but...fucking wonderful. Really great songs, wonderfully delivered. "Merry Xmas Everybody" is definitely more moving to me than "White Christmas" or...you know, what have you.


Absolutely.

I wasn't totally hip to the whole thing, but Goldwax sent me that nifty comp his company did, and it knocked me out. The cuts that connect are just perfect. Nothing is missing.

The LPs are a bit of a mystery in the US. I always say I'm just gonna buy them all, but they just aren't around in my neck of the woods.
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Re: Slade

Postby pcqgod » 10 Aug 2017, 03:59

Diamond Dog wrote:They never made a truly great album...


They made great live albums.

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and Vol II and 'Slade on Stage,' and that BBC compilation that Charlie mentioned.
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Re: Slade

Postby pcqgod » 10 Aug 2017, 04:01

Quaco wrote:
Bent Fabric wrote:They were immense, right? I love those singles like I love...I dunno...curry.

That they (to my knowledge) never had a Sgt. Pepper or a Tommy or an Electric Warrior may have some impact on their "ease of consumption", but...fucking wonderful.

They had a movie!


Pretty good but it needs English subtitles.
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Re: Slade

Postby Bent Fabric » 10 Aug 2017, 04:06

Quaco wrote:Which I've never seen.


I'm sure I've been moving my unwatched DVD of it around in a crate from house to house for over a decade.

When Goldwax started at Shout Factory, he very kindly gave me a HUGE ton of product - and the Slade movie was one of the "I can't wait to watch this" items. Yet...somehow, the time kept not coming. I had/have other friends with copies and the general sense was that you'd have to get just the right people together on just the right occasion to "break the seal". This may be one of those things like Love Beach - it sits on a fair number of shelves in perpetutiy (I'm assuming you have a copy).

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Re: Slade

Postby Lord Rother » 10 Aug 2017, 07:22

Best maxing-out rock vocalist ever.


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Re: Slade

Postby THE FILING FEE » 10 Aug 2017, 08:15

Charlie O. wrote:...this is one of my all-time favorite video clips by anybody:





Yeah, it could be one of mine too. Wonderful.
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Re: Slade

Postby Lord Rother » 10 Aug 2017, 08:55

I saw them twice in Reading, once at the Top Rank on a snowy night (can't remember the year) and once when they were at their lowest and could barely sell a single. That was 1976 I guess, and was at the Reading University Rag Week in front of no more than 300 pissed up students and my brother and me.

It was weird considering only 2 years earlier they had been Kings.

Didn't make any difference to them of course, Nod still gave it the lot.

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Re: Slade

Postby Diamond Dog » 10 Aug 2017, 09:00

Talking of Reading... their 'legendary' late replacement slot in 1980 (where they are reputed to have stolen the show) is available here... turn it up and enjoy!

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Re: Slade

Postby Bride Of Sea Of Tunes » 10 Aug 2017, 09:21

I have a vague recollection -

wasn't it so that teachers in English were worrying about their song titles? That the 'bad' spelling might confuse the young kids?

I can really get sentimental about times when this could be a major issue.

In 2017, many social issues seem so... emotionally blunted, I don't know. Like we went through a long decline, and there's no end in sight yet.

(Sorry, I'm going on a bit now... but I can't prohibit myself from having such feelings every now and then.)
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Re: Slade

Postby FOR5 » 10 Aug 2017, 09:30

I'd say Slayed was their 'classic album' and for me it's up there with anything from that era.
In fact I'd say every album they did was pretty good in the 70's, Noddy's voice is what makes them, one of the greatest singers to come from these shores (John Lennon was a fan by the way).
'Whatever Happened To..' is one album of their's that is seriously underrated and rocks like hell.
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Re: Slade

Postby Moleskin » 10 Aug 2017, 09:31

Quaco wrote:
Bent Fabric wrote:They were immense, right? I love those singles like I love...I dunno...curry.

That they (to my knowledge) never had a Sgt. Pepper or a Tommy or an Electric Warrior may have some impact on their "ease of consumption", but...fucking wonderful.

They had a movie!


You get a copy free with the most recent reissue of the album!
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Re: Slade

Postby The Slider » 10 Aug 2017, 13:51

THE FILING FEE wrote:
Charlie O. wrote:...this is one of my all-time favorite video clips by anybody:





Yeah, it could be one of mine too. Wonderful.


It is my favourite of the early raucous singles.

I was lucky enough to see them in their prime.
My tenth birthday treat at Earls Court in June 1973 - Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me had just gone straight in at No.1 that week.
I remember very little of it but there is footage on youtube.

I was a huge fan at the time.
After T Rex they were my favourites. Even in front of Bowie.
The early albums are ok - I guess 'Slayed?' is the closest one to being a classic - but their masterpiece is the soundtrack to Flame.
The movie is fabulous too. Dig it out and watch it. You'll not be disappointed.
Noddy and Jim made reasonably credible actors too.


And Bad Manners had more UK pop hits than The Beat. 6 top twenties to the Beat's 5.
Ah but I was so much younger then.
I'm older than that now.


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