- Dave Hill – Guitar, Vocals
- Don Powell – Drums
- Mal McNulty – Vocals, Guitars
- John Berry – Bass Guitar, Vocals
- Beginnings (1969)
- Play It Loud (1970)
- Slayed (1972)
- Sladest (1973)
- Old, New, Borrowed and Blue (1974)
- Slade In Flame (1974)
- Nobody’s Fools (1976)
- Whatever Happened To Slade? (1977)
- Return To Base (1979)
- Slade Smashes! (1980)
- We’ll Bring The House Down (1981)
- Till Deaf To Us Part (1982)
- The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome (1983)
- Slade’s Greats (1984)
- Rogues Gallery (1985)
- Crackers: The Party Album (1985)
- You Boyz Make A Big Noize (1987)
- Wall of Hits (1991)
- Feel The Noize – Greatest Hits (1997)
- Get Yer Boots On: The Best of Slade (2002)
- The Very Best of Slade (2005)
- The Slade Box: 1969-1991 (2006)
- Slade Alive! (1972)
- Slade Alive, Vol. 2 (1978)
- Slade On Stage (1982)
Slade is a glam rock band from England. Slade is one of the most recognizable bands of the glam rock movement. They are well known of the deliberate misspelling of their song titles and during their peak, they were the most popular band in the UK.
Slade is a band from the Black Country, which is an area in the West Midlands in England. Founding members, drummer Don Powell, and bassist Jim Lea, were both born and raised in Wolverhampton, England. Dave Hill, the bands lead guitarist was born in the city, Devon, and moved to Wolverhampton during his childhood. Noddy Holder, the bands singer, was born and raised in a nearby city called, Walsall.
In 1966, the band started as the N’Betweens. At first, the band had very little success, except for the local club circuit, where they constantly played. During the late 1960’s the band changed their name to Ambrose Slade.
In 1969, the band released their first album, Beginnings. In the United States, the albums title was changed to ‘Ballzy.’ The bands name at the time was still Ambrose Slade. The album failed to chart in the UK and in the US.
Between 1969 and 1970, the band shortened their name to, Slade.
Play It Loud, Slade’s second album, was released in 1970. The album had hardly any promotion, so it failed to reach a wide audience. There was no hit single either, but it still regarded as an influential rock release by some. The album is considered a forshadow to the punk explosion, which happened seven years later, also in the UK.
In 1972, the band released their first live album. It peaked at number 2 on the UK charts. It is also is regarded as one of the best live albums ever released.
Also released in 1972 was Slade’s third studio album, called Slayed? This album contained two of the groups biggest hits, ‘Gudbuy t’ Jane’ and ‘Mama Weer All Crazee Now.’ Rock critics usually say that it is their greatest studio album. The album peaked at number 1 on the UK charts.
In 1973, the band released a compilation album called, Sladest. The album debut at number 1 on the UK charts and stayed in the Top 10 until 1974, when it climbed to number 1 once again.
1974 saw the release of the fourth studio album from Slade, called, Old New Borrowed and Blue. It peaked at number 1 on the UK charts. The album was released in the US, but it had the alternate title of, Stomp Your Hands, Clap Your Feet. It also had a different track listing it the US.
Later in the year of 1974, the band released a soundtrack to a movie called, Slade In Flame. Both the movie and the album were called, Slade In Flame. The album peaked at number 6 on the UK charts and produced two successful singles, ‘Far Far Away’, and ‘How Does It Feel.’ They peaked at number 2 and 15, respectively.
In March of 1976, the band released their album, Nobody’s Fools. The album peaked at number 14 on the UK charts. This would be the bands last album to reach the charts until the 1980’s. On this album, the band’s sound move more towards an American type sound, instead of the typical UK ‘Slade’ sound. Most people think this is due to the fact that they were in the US for most of 1975.
Whatever Happened To Slade, was the bands next release. It was released in 1977, but didn’t reach the charts. During this period in time, the bands popularity was decreasing, which influenced the albums title. The album had much praise from the critics, but still was a commercial failure.
The band released another live album called, Slade Alive, Vol. 2., in 1978. This was released during the time the bands popularity was steadily decreasing, so it did chart.
By 1979, the band had hardly any money. They had no money to hire a photographer, so they just used a plain red cover, with the album title at the top. The album was called, ‘Return To Base….’ The band also had to haul their own equipment and they had trouble getting into their backstage area at some gigs. The album failed to chart.
In August of 1980, Ozzy Osbourne had to cancel a show on his tour at a very short notice. Slade, was recommended as a replacement. At first, the band didn’t want to play the gig, because they had disbanded, but instead they did because it could have been their last show together infront of a huge crowd, instead of a small club. To the bands surprise, they were well received and got some much needed publicity. Ironically, the band did nothing different onstage then they did at their normal gigs.
After the successful performance at ‘Reading Festival’, the band released another compilation called, Slade Smashes. After the publicity and successful performance, the album peaked at number 21 on the UK charts.
Still off the heels of the success of Reading Festival, the band went back into the studio to record their next album. We’ll Bring The House Down was released in 1981 and debuted at number 25 on the UK charts. Since this album was released about a month after Reading Festival, they didn’t have much time to write and record a new album. So, some tracks were re-released from their previous album, Return To Base.
Later on in the year, the band also released Till Deaf Do Us Part. It was not as successful as We’ll Bring The House Down, but the album still did well, peaking at number 68 in the UK charts. Lock Up Your Daughters was the first single off the album and peaked at number 29 on the UK charts.
While on tour in support of their album, the band released their third live album. It was called Slade On Stage. The album was recorded in 1981, but not released until December of 1982. This album peaked at number 98 in the UK charts.
The bands next studio album was called, The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome. The was released in December of 1983. It peaked at number 49 on the UK charts and number 20 on the US Billboard charts. This was Slade’s first real break through in the United States. Two singles, My Oh My, and Run Runaway, had videos on MTV that helped increase sales of the album as well. The American version of the album had a different track listing as the release from the UK.
The alternate version of The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome, was called Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply. This is the version that was released in the United States in 1984. This version of the album only reached number 33 in the US charts. This was Slade’s most successful album that was released in the United States.
In 1985, the band released their next album, Rogues Gallery. It peaked at number 60 on the UK charts. On this album, the band tried writing songs that would be hits and still have quality material as well. This was done because critics were saying that the momentum of the band was decreasing.
Later in 1985, the band released a Christmas party album called, Crackers – The Christmas Party Album. It peaked at number 34 in the UK charts and contained several hits for the band that have been re-recorded. This album has been re-released two times under the names of, Slade’s Crazee Christmas!, and Crackers: The Rockin’ Party Album!
The last album with the original line-up was 1987’s You Boyz Make Big Noize. It debuted at number 98 on the UK charts, and only spent a week there.
Wall of Hits, was a compilation album from the band, released in 1991. The album peaked at number 34 on the UK charts. While this was a compilation album, the band included two new songs on it. They were Radio Wall of Sound, which turned out to be a successful hit for the band, peaking number 21. The other new song was Universe. That song didn’t do well because it was released during the ‘Christmas Rush.’
After this album, Noddy Holder, the lead singer left the band after 25 years. He left because he had become too tired of all of the touring the band did. Jimmy Lea retired at this time as well. This left the bands two founding members, Dave Hill and Don Powell. Later on, Hill and Powell tried starting up the band again as Slade II, but later on shortened the name to Slade again.
The only other albums to be released by the band were compilations. Feel The Noize – The Very Best of Slade, was released in 1997 and peaked at number 19 on the UK charts. This encouraged other bands from the glam rock era to release greatest hits compilations as well.
As Hill and Powell teamed up with other local musicians to form Slade II, they only released one album called, Keep On Rockin! The album did not chart.
The Very Best of Slade was another compilation released in 2005 and it peaked at number 34 on the UK music charts. Then a year later in 2006, the band released a 4-disc set box set called, The Slade Box 4 CD Anthology 1969-1991.
B-Sides, a 2-disc compilation from the band, was released in 2007. This was the first time most of the material from this compilation was released since the 1970s, when the band was in their peak of success.
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