When many people think of the group Slade what immediately comes to mind is their classic hit Merry Christmas Everybody with the sound of Noddy Holder screaming out “ITS CHRRRRRISTMASSS”; well this band are a whole lot more than that and on the 6th September Slade release Feel The Noize – The Singlez Box, a strictly limited edition box set comprising of 10 rare internationally released 7’’ singles, including an extremely rare 7’’
It features five UK number Ones: Coz I Luv You, Take Me Bak ‘Ome, Mama Weer All Crazee Now, Cum On Feel The Noize and Skweeze Me Pleeze Me, three number 2’s Gudbuy T’Jane, My Friend Stan and Far Far Away, plus the top 3 single Every day, all from their imperial phase. The set also includes 1981’s Night Starvation, not previously commercially released as a 7”.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oquz7WOn_ws&w=560&h=315]
Slade’s career spans five decades, originally called Ambrose Slade they hooked up with ex Hendrix manager and Animals bassist Chas Chandler who persuaded them to shorten it to Slade, and they never looked back.
Throughout the early seventies their style of Pop and Glam rock entertained audiences all over the UK and Europe and Ozzy Osborne was once quoted as saying that Noddy’s voice was the best and most powerful in rock. They are also the first band to have three singles enter the charts at number one, achieved 17 consecutive top twenty hits, and six number ones on the UK Singles Chart. The British Hit Singles & Albums names them as the most successful British group of the 1970s based on sales of singles, many of which are on here.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTCO-klPMtw&w=560&h=315]
This box set is a must have for any Slade fan. They became well known for their miss-spelling of their songs as can be seen on many of the titles included on The Singlez Box. Guitarist Dave Hill’s outrageous dress sense was also quite legendary. The original band of Noddy lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Dave lead guitar, Jim Lea bass guitar, piano keyboards, violin, and Don Powell drums can all be heard on this collection.
Slade are without doubt one of the most iconic and exciting bands ever to come out of Britain and provided the soundtrack for the Glam generation that can still be heard today, so go Crazy, Feel the Noize and go out and buy this very limited edition box set when it hits the streets very soon.
Review by Dave Martin