was a hugely successful English
rock band of the early 1970s
and was a major part of the Glam rock
phenomenon of that decade.
The band mostly originated in the city of Wolverhampton
in central England.
Slade never truly caught on with American audiences (who often deemed them "too British-sounding"), but the group became a massive sensation in their home country, with success to rival the Beatles. With their anthemic brand of glam rock, they scored 11 Top Five hits in a four-year span from 1971 to 1974 (five of which topped the charts).
The band members were:
- Noddy Holder (real name Neville Holder) - singer/guitarist.
- Dave Hill - Guitarist.
- Jimmy Lea - Bassist.
- Don Powell - Drummer.
The group originally formed in 1966
and was called the In-Be-Tweens
, but initially had little success. In the late 1960s
the band changed its name to Ambrose Slade
and later to just Slade
, and initially the band sported a "skinhead
They later abandoned this idea, grew their hair long, and became a part of the Glam Rock
movement, then championed by fellow Brit David Bowie
This change of direction paid off, and from 1971 the band scored a number of hits, including the singles:
- "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,"
- "Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me,"
- "Merry Xmas Everybody" (which has re-entered the charts several times since)
Slade's attempts at cracking the American market were largely unsuccessful, although a cover of the single "Cum on Feel the Noize," by Metal group Quiet Riot
was a smash hit in America in 1983
The bands albums "Slade Alive" and "Slayed" are considered by many to be some of the best of the Glam Rock era.
With the advent of punk in the late 1970s Slade's music became unfashionable and their hits largely dried up. Although Slade had another UK top 10 hit in 1984 with the single "Run Run Away" (which would be
their second top 40 hit in the USA and their first since "Gudbuy T'Jane",
which barely made the top 40 in 1972) The band kept making music until 1990 when they officially split up.