Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Slade

Today in Music History:

In 1977, Led Zeppelin cut short a US tour after Robert Plant's six year-old-son Karac died unexpectedly.
SladeBritish glam rockers Slade never truly caught on with American audiences and that has always puzzled me. I was a Slade fan before Quiet Riot's dismal remake of the classic Slade tune, Cum on Feel the Noize, in 1983. Although it did bring about a bit of exposure for the band and they finally released a successful album in the states in 1984 with Keep Your Hands off my Power Supply. Featuring the hits, Run Runaway and My Oh My.

The group originally formed in the spring of 1966 under the name the In-Be-Tweens, By the end of '60s, the group had changed their name to Ambrose Slade and signed on with the Fontana label. Soon after this they shortened the name to Slade and proceeded to become one of the most beloved party bands in the UK. Starting in 1971 with the single "Get Down Get With it," Slade touched off a string of classic singles. Some with humorously misspelled song titles, such as "Coz I Luv You," "Look Wot You Dun," "Take Me Bak 'Ome," "Mama Weer All Crazee Now," "Gudbuy t'Jane," "Cum on Feel the Noize," and "Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me."

With glam rock's demise and punk's emergence by the mid-'70s, the hits eventually dried up for the quartet. Despite the change in musical climate, Slade stuck to their guns and kept touring and releasing albums. After Quiet Riot released their version of Cum on Feel the Noize and Slade finally cracked American audiences, they were unable to keep America's interest even as Quiet Riot went on to destroy another Slade song, "Mama Weer All Crazee Now".

Slade has some rockin' good stuff in their catalog and they're a great fun party band.

Gudbye T'Jane by Slade

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