Slade

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Slade are an English rock band from Wolverhampton, renamed in 1969 from Ambrose Slade. The original lineup consisted of Noddy Holder (vocals, guitar), Dave Hill (4) (guitar), Jim Lea (bass), Don Powell (drums).

current (?) lineup:
Alex Bines – Drums
Dave Hill - Vocals and guitar
Russel Keefe - Vocals and keyboards
John Berry - Vocals, bass and violin

Slade rose to prominence during the glam rock era of the early 1970s. With seventeen 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 N' Betweens, as which they recorded two 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 commercially 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.

After Lea and Holder left the band, the remaining members performed for some time as Slade II before returning to the original name.
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Albums

2383 026 Slade - Play It Loud album art Slade Play It Loud (Album) Polydor 2383 026 New Zealand 1970 Sell This Version
PD 5524 Slade - Slayed? album art Slade Slayed? (Album) Polydor PD 5524 US 1972 Sell This Version
2077 Slade - Slade Alive! album art Slade Slade Alive! (Album) Polydor 2077 Portugal 1972 Sell This Version
CN 1638/S Slade - Stereo Pop Special-26 album art Slade Stereo Pop Special-26(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 1638/S UK 1972 Sell This Version
62 978 Slade - Sladest album art Slade Sladest (Comp) Polydor 62 978 Austria 1973 Sell This Version
2442 126 Slade - Slade In Flame album art Slade Slade In Flame (Album) Polydor 2442 126 France 1974 Sell This Version
2383 261 Slade - Old New Borrowed And Blue album art Slade Old New Borrowed And Blue (Album, MiniAlbum) Polydor 2383 261 UK 1973 Sell This Version
Program 229-232 Brewer And Shipley, Yvonne Elliman, Slade, Felix Cavaliere Brewer And Shipley, Yvonne Elliman, Slade, Felix Cavaliere - Nightbird & Company with Alison Steele(2xLP, Transcription) Nightbird & Company Program 229-232 US 1974 Sell This Version
2383 377 Slade - Nobody's Fools album art Slade Nobody's Fools (Album) Polydor, Polydor 2383 377 South Africa 1976 Sell This Version
MWF 1031 Slade - Whatever Happened To Slade album art Slade Whatever Happened To Slade (Album) Barn Records Ltd MWF 1031 Japan 1977 Sell This Version
3104 106 Slade - Slade Alive Vol Two album art Slade Slade Alive Vol Two (Album, Comp) Barn Records Ltd 3104 106 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
NARB 003 Slade - Return To Base album art Slade Return To Base (Album) Barn Records Ltd NARB 003 UK 1979 Sell This Version
VPL1 7438 Slade - Till Deaf Do Us Part album art Slade Till Deaf Do Us Part (Album) RCA, RCA, RCA VPL1 7438 New Zealand 1981 Sell This Version
ZK 25353 Slade - We'll Bring The House Down album art Slade We'll Bring The House Down (Album) Cheapskate Records ZK 25353 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
PL 25441 Slade - Slade On Stage album art Slade Slade On Stage (Album) RCA, RCA PL 25441 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
PK 70116 Slade - The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome album art Slade The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome (Album) RCA PK 70116 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
FZ39336 Slade - Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply album art Slade Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply (Album) CBS Associated Records FZ39336 US 1984 Sell This Version
BC 519 A Slade - BBC Rock Hour - #519 (Version A) album art Quiet Riot / Slade Quiet Riot / Slade - BBC Rock Hour - #519 (Version A)(LP, Transcription, Ver) London Wavelength BC 519 A US 1984 Sell This Version
FZT 39976 Slade - Rogues Gallery album art Slade Rogues Gallery (Album) RCA FZT 39976 US 1985 Sell This Version
ZK 40908 Slade - You Boyz Make Big Noize album art Slade You Boyz Make Big Noize (Album) RCA ZK 40908 US 1987 Sell This Version
none Slade - King Biscuit Flower Hour  album art J. Geils Band* / Slade J. Geils Band* / Slade - King Biscuit Flower Hour (CD, Promo, Transcription) D.I.R. Broadcasting Corp. none US 1988 Sell This Version
SALVODCD211 Slade - Live At The BBC album art Slade Live At The BBC (Album, Comp) Salvo SALVODCD211 UK 2009 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

267 967 TF Slade - Wild Winds Are Blowing album art The Slade* Wild Winds Are Blowing (Single) Fontana 267 967 TF Germany 1969 Sell This Version
2058-054 Slade - Know Who You Are album art Slade Know Who You Are (Single) Polydor 2058-054 UK 1970 Sell This Version
TF 1079 Slade - Shape Of Things To Come album art Slade Shape Of Things To Come (Single) Fontana TF 1079 UK 1970 Sell This Version