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Slade - We Are All Crazy (live in London in 1972)
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The roots of Slade go back to a 1964 Wolverhampton-based band The Vendors who included Dave Hill and Don Powell and cut a four-song demo EP. By 1965 The Vendors had evolved into The In-Be-Tweens. The same year Noddy Holder was guitarist and backing vocalist in another Wolverhampton-based band, Steve Brett and The Mavericks. During 1966 The In-Be-Tweens split into two with only Hill and Powell remaining. They were then joined by Noddy Holder and another Wolverhampton lad Jimmy Lea. In early 1969 the foursome, who were now known as Ambrose Slade and playing Motown, Beatles and ska covers, moved down to London. They were spotted playing at Rasputin's Club by ex-Animal Chas Chandler who became their manager/producer, got them a record deal with Fontana and fashioned them in boots, braces and close-cut hair to cash-in on the skinhead movement. By the end of the year, he'd also persuaded them to shorten their name to Slade.
Their first hit came in 1971 with Get Down And Get With It, a cover of a Bobby Marchan song which had also been recorded by Little Richard. It climbed to No 16 in the UK Charts. What followed was a series of boot-stomping aggressive pop chants all written by Noddy Holder and Jimmy Lea and characterised by Holder's screaming vocals and deliberate misspellings of the English language - this was part of a deliberate ploy to promote them as a working class group. Coz I Luv You, which topped the UK Charts for four weeks, was the first of six Number One's and five years worth of Top Twenty hits - full details of their Chart exploits are given in the discography. The music was all very similar - direct, aggressive, unsubtle and ultra commercial. Their live act had guts, energy, aggression and enthusiasm - the sort of qualities so many punk bands would show a few years later. Despite their enormous success here they never really cracked the American market. Only four of their singles in this era made the lower echelons of the US Top 100 (Take Me Bak 'Ome (No 97), Mama Weer All Crazee Now (No 76), Gudbye T'Jane (No 68) and Cum On Feel The Noize (No 98)) and, although their albums sold relatively better, the story was similar (Slade Alive (No 158), Slayed? (No 69), Sladest (No 129), Stomp Your Hands, Clap Your Feet (No 168) and Slade In Flame (No 93)).
By 1974 they were becoming more ambitious. In an attempt to claim a higher level of public acceptability they made a movie 'Flame' about a mid-sixties band which Slade portrayed in the film. They made pretty decent acting debuts but the film failed to capture the public's imagination in a big way, although the accompanying Soundtrack did get to No 6 in the UK in December 1974 - the month the movie opened. In the States in particular, the movie made little impression and the band, which had been so hot in the first half of the decade, struggled to survive in the second half. To their credit, survive they did, not just the seventies but the eighties too, but that's another story.
01 - Hear Me Calling 5:18
02 - Like A Shot From my Gun 3:23
03 - Look Wot You Done 3:34
04 - Keep On Rocking 3:50
05 - Move Over 4:36
06 - Mama We're All Crazee Now 3:25
07 - Lady Be Good 1:03
08 - Cos I Love You 5:23
09 - Take Me Back 'Ome 4:17
10 - Get Down And Get With It 6:43
11 - Good Golly Miss Molly 3:50
DAVE HILL gtr, vcls NODDY HOLDER gtr, vcls JIM LEA bs, vcls, keyb'ds, violin DON POWELL drms
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