Slade

Slade

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Band from the Black Country, West Midlands, England, renamed in 1969 from Ambrose Slade.
Members: Noddy Holder (vocals, guitar), Dave Hill (guitar), Jimmy Lea (bass), Don Powell (drums)

current (?) lineup:
Don Powell – Drums
Dave Hill - Guitar
Mal McNulty - Guitar and lead vocals
John Berry - Bass

Slade are an English rock band who rose to prominence during the glam rock era of the early 1970s. With 17 consecutive Top 20 hits and six number ones, the British Hit Singles & Albums names them as the most successful British group of the 1970s. They were the first act to have three singles enter at #1, and all six of the Wolverhampton band's chart-toppers were penned by Noddy Holder and Jim Lea. Total UK sales stand at 6,520,171, and their best selling single, "Merry Xmas Everybody", has sold in excess of one million copies.

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music has also made mention of Holder's powerful vocals and guitarist Dave Hill's equally arresting dress sense along with the deliberate misspelling of their song titles for which they became well known.

The group started off as the [Invalid Artist], as which they recorded 2 singles and built up a reputation on the nationwide touring circuit. They were reluctantly renamed Ambrose Slade to satisfy the terms of their new record deal with Fontana Records. They released one commerically unsuccessful LP under the Ambrose Slade name, before coming under the management of Chas Chandler who shortened the name to Slade.

While Slade's attempts at cracking the United States market were largely unsuccessful, they left their mark on several US bands who cite Slade as an influence. Kiss bassist Gene Simmons admitted that his band's early songwriting ethos and stage performance style was influenced by Slade. In his book, Kiss and Make-Up, Simmons wrote on page 85, "the one we kept returning to was Slade," and "we liked the way they connected with the crowd, and the way they wrote anthems... we wanted that same energy, that same irresistible simplicity. but we wanted it American-style". Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick said on their From Tokyo to you DVD that his band went to see Slade perform, and that they used "every cheap trick in the book", thus inadvertently coining his group's name. Cheap Trick covered the song "When the Lights are Out" (the original appeared on Old New Borrowed and Blue) on their 2009 release, The Latest. Quiet Riot had US hits with their covers of "Cum On Feel the Noize" and "Mama Weer All Crazee Now". The origins of Slade's influence on Quiet Riot dated back to the early 1970s, when Kevin Dubrow photographed Slade during their first Los Angeles appearances at the Whisky a Go Go.
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Slade Discography

Albums

2383 026 Slade Play It Loud (Album, Comp) Polydor 2383 026 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
2383 163 Slade Slayed? (Album) Polydor, Polydor 2383 163 Greece 1972 Sell This Version
2383 101 Slade Slade Alive! (Album) Polydor 2383 101 New Zealand 1972 Sell This Version
MP 2268 Slade Perfect(LP, Album) Polydor MP 2268 Japan 1972 Sell This Version
331 Slade Slade(Cass, Album, M/Print) Pop 73 331 UK & Ireland 1973 Sell This Version
2383-261 Slade Old New Borrowed And Blue (Album, MiniAlbum) Polydor 2383-261 UK 1974 Sell This Version
2442 126 Slade Slade In Flame (Album) Polydor 2442 126 France 1974 Sell This Version
23 83 377 Slade Nobody's Fools (Album) Polydor 23 83 377 Spain 1976 Sell This Version
2365 103 Slade Whatever Happened To (Album) Barn Records Ltd 2365 103 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
2314 106 Slade Slade Alive Vol Two (Album) Barn Records Ltd 2314 106 Scandinavia 1978 Sell This Version
NARB 003 Slade Return To Base (Album) WEA NARB 003 UK 1979 Sell This Version
SKATE 1, VPL1 7402 Slade We'll Bring The House Down (Album) Cheapskate Records SKATE 1, VPL1 7402 Australia & New Zealand 1981 Sell This Version
VPL1 7438 Slade Till Deaf Do Us Part (Album) RCA VPL1 7438 New Zealand 1981 Sell This Version
PL 25441 Slade Slade On Stage (Album) RCA PL 25441 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
74321 37900 2 Slade The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome (Album) RCA 74321 37900 2 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
ZK 39336 Slade Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply (Album) CBS Associated Records ZK 39336 US 1984 Sell This Version
FZ39336 Slade Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply(LP, Album) CBS Associated Records FZ39336 US 1984 Sell This Version
FZT 39976 Slade Rogues Gallery (Album) RCA FZT 39976 US 1985 Sell This Version
STAC 2271 Slade Crackers (The Christmas Party Album) (Album, Comp) Telstar, Telstar STAC 2271 UK & Ireland 1985 Sell This Version
743211 056328 Slade Rogues Gallery(CD, Album) RCA 743211 056328 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
Z 40908 Slade You Boyz Make Big Noize (Album) RCA Z 40908 US 1987 Sell This Version
07243 580238 2 4 Slade Cum On Let's Party !(CD, Album) Virgin 07243 580238 2 4 Europe 2002 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

TF 1056 The Slade* Wild Winds Are Blowing (Single) Fontana TF 1056 UK 1969 Sell This Version
TF 1079 Slade Shape Of Things To Come (Single) Fontana TF 1079 UK 1970 Sell This Version
2058-054 Slade Know Who You Are (Single) Polydor 2058-054 UK 1970 Sell This Version