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 N' Betweens, 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

Slade Play It Loud (Album, Comp) Polydor Germany 1970 Sell This Version
Slade Slayed? (Album) Polydor, Polydor Greece 1972 Sell This Version
Slade Slade Alive! (Album, Comp) Polydor New Zealand 1972 Sell This Version
CN 1638/S Slade Stereo Pop Special-26(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 1638/S UK 1972 Sell This Version
Slade Old New Borrowed And Blue (Album, MiniAlbum) Polydor UK 1974 Sell This Version
Slade Slade In Flame (Album) Polydor France 1974 Sell This Version
Slade Nobody's Fools (Album) Polydor Spain 1976 Sell This Version
Slade Whatever Happened To (Album) Barn Records Ltd Japan 1977 Sell This Version
Slade Slade Alive Vol Two (Album) Barn Records Ltd Scandinavia 1978 Sell This Version
Slade Return To Base (Album) WEA UK 1979 Sell This Version
Slade We'll Bring The House Down (Album) Cheapskate Records Germany 1981 Sell This Version
Slade Till Deaf Do Us Part (Album) RCA New Zealand 1981 Sell This Version
Slade Slade On Stage (Album) RCA Germany 1982 Sell This Version
Slade The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome (Album) RCA Europe 1983 Sell This Version
Slade Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply (Album) CBS Associated Records US 1984 Sell This Version
Slade Rogues Gallery (Album) RCA US 1985 Sell This Version
Slade Crackers (The Christmas Party Album) (Album, Comp) Telstar, Telstar UK & Ireland 1985 Sell This Version
Slade You Boyz Make Big Noize (Album) RCA 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

The Slade* Wild Winds Are Blowing (Single) Fontana UK 1969 Sell This Version
Slade Shape Of Things To Come (Single) Fontana UK 1970 Sell This Version
Slade Know Who You Are (Single) Polydor UK 1970 Sell This Version
Slade Get Down And Get With It (Single) Polydor US 1971 Sell This Version
Slade Coz I Luv You (Single) Polydor Germany 1971 Sell This Version
AS 126 Bee Gees / Slade Bee Gees / Slade - How Can You Mend A Broken Heart / Get Down And Get With It (7", Promo) Polydor AS 126 Italy 1971 Sell This Version