c/o Dave, 24 Ingham Rd, West Hampstead, London, NW6 IDE.
January / February Newsletter 1980
Hello. Welcome to the Slade Fan Club. As you no doubt know, this is a totally new Fan Club, and it has nothing to do with Slade's Fan Club that ran between 1971 - 1977. With the Fan Club we hope to introduce lots of new ideas, but primarily keep you informed of all the Slade happenings in the 1980's.
As you will see we have enclosed your membership card. Please take note of the membership number written upon it, and quote it whenever you write to us.
The first 100 applicants will also be receiving their Slade Biography Books along with this newsletter. For those of you who were not in the first 100 members, I am afraid that we have no more of these books left, nor can we get hold of any more.
We hope that you like the Slade photo that we have enclosed. During the year we hope to get a few more other things like this done - that is why we asked you to send large SAE’s when applying for the Fan Club, so that we do not have to fold photos (etc) to get them into the envelopes.
The bi-monthly Newsmags that we will be sending out will vary in size from time to time. We feel this is best, as it would be stupid to cram things into a regulated space if there is a lot of news, or reversely padding-out news to fill the given space if there hasn't been much going on at a certain time.
We will not be advertising the Fan Club too much - it's too expensive! We want you to promote the Fan Club, if you like it. Please tell the other fans you meet at concerts about it - get them to drop me a SAE, and I'll send them details. The word-of-mouth publicity by you the fans is the best type of promotion there is, and this is the means by which we hope the Club will grow.
Rock on, until March, Yours, Dave.
NEWS IN BRIEF
When Slade released "Merry Xmas Everybody" in 1973 Jim Lea said "It'll probably turn up every year now" - how right he was! What with Radio One "Sleighlisting" it through December, and the major chain of Juke-Boxes still including it as one of their Christmas Crackers, it seemed to be blasting at us from all directions in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
One sour point though was when the BRMB/Radio One "Top 100 Singles Of The Decade" only placed it at no. 67. Seeing that the chart was compiled by using sales figures, and there were only 14 million selling singles last decade, and "Merry Xmas Everybody" sold 1,000,000, there is no way that it can be placed at 67: A similar chart was compiled for the independent radio stations - and that placed "Merry Xmas Everybody" at no. 13, a position that I think is probably correct. Using the BRMB chart '''fhe Smurf Song", which didn't even make no. I, sold more copies than "Merry Xmas" that was at the top slot for 5 weeks. Unbelievable!
Slade did some TV work over Christmas. They guested on the final show of The Saturday Banana - Nod was dressed up as Santa, and the band played "Merry Xmas" as well as "Okey Cokey". Then on New Year's Day they appeared on Get It Together performing "Okey Cokey" and "My Baby's Got It".
The competition in the last Slade News was won by Sue Vallance of 65 Arle Rd, Cheltenham, Glos. - who correctly told me that the B side of "Merry Xmas" was "Don't Blame Me".
For those people who got slightly confused last month with all the Slade releases, they simply consisted of; "Sign Of The Times" (BARN 010) and "Okey Cokey" (BARN on); an album "Return To Base" (NARB 003); and a single by The Dummies (Frank and Jim Lea) called "When The Lights Are Out" (Cheapskate FWL 001).
We have had some back-copies printed of Slade News, issues 4, 5 and 6 are now available - price 25p (blank PO's only) each, plus a large SAE per order. We cannot reprint the early issues, as the original sheets, used in printing, are too tatty. Sorry.
I have just heard from Serge Verhoeven of Scheihagestraat 27, B-2550 Kontich, Belgium, who says he has just bought 60 copies of the Slade album "Slade Startrack Volume 5", released in Belgium in 1970, to sell to Slade Fan Club members. The album is the Belgium equivalent, of the "Play It Loud" LP - except the cover is totally different, and has a rare photo on the front. If you would like a copy send an International Money Order t9 Serge f6r £5.00 (this includes P&p) - and he will mail you one. This is a chance for you to add another rare LP to your collection!
WHY NODDY FEARS GROUPIES
Girl fans, groupies who follow pop stars everywhere, are part of the legend of rock and roll.
As Slade prepare for a British tour in spring, lead singer Noddy Holder hopes not to meet anyone like the 18-year-old Puerto Rican who put him through a nightmare on the band’s last tour of America.
The girl, who had followed the band around America, broke into Noddy's hotel room in New York, and locked herself in the bathroom.Blood
Noddy explained: “What I saw when I broke the door down was absolutely terrifying.
She had slashed her wrists with a knife, and blood was pouring to the floor.
I really thought she was going to die. I called the hotel manager and we got a doctor right away.
I didn't expect to see her ever again but after a couple of weeks there she was at all our concerts once again, and there she would be in the hotel bar. It still gives me the shivers.
The funny thing was she never spoke to me - either before or after the incident.”(Cutting above from The Daily Mail, 30 January 1980)
+ + WE CAN ONLY ANSWER MAIL IF YOU ENCLOSE A S.A.E. + +
Slade's Spring Tour has now been confirmed. The dates are as follows;
Thursday Feb 28 Watford Town Hall
Friday Feb 29 London Music Machine
(01 387 0428)
Saturday March 1 London Music Machine
(01 387 0428)
Sunday March 2 London (Flame showing)
Tuesday March 4 Cardiff University
Thursday March 6 Norwich Cromwells Club
Friday March 7 Reading University,
Child's Hall (0734 64396)
Saturday March 8 St Austell, New Cornish
Riveria (0726 812725)
Sunday March 9 Stockton Fiesta Club
Friday March 14 Jersey Behan's ClubSaturday March 15 Jersey Behan's Club
Once again the tour is fairly extensive, but this time it centres around Southern England - which makes a change!
The tour opens at Watford Town Hall on February 28. We understand that the tickets for this concert will be sold from the Harum Record Shop in Watford.
Please remember to check with the Students' Unions, who will be arranging the University concerts, as to whether non students will be admitted.
+ + Andy from Sheffield has written to me concerning the "Stomp Your Hands, Clap Your Feet" Slade import albums that he planned to sell (see s.N.6). Apparently there has been a delay, but he will contact the people who wrote to him showing interest in obtaining copies as soon as firm details become available +
SLADE TOUR LONDON
As you no doubt know, before Christmas Queen played a "Crazy Tour Of London" , well this was Slade's own attempt at such a venture - except it was on a slightly smaller scale, but it was totally crazee!
The first stop was at st. Bart's Hospital on December 7. It was rather a posh "do" so I am told, mainly Medical Students attended, dressed to the hilt in 3 piece suits!
The following day it was on to Goldsmith's College in New Cross, South London. This was the Student's Xmas Party gig. The Student's Union seemed to have worked very hard at promoting the concert, mainly by designing a cheeky publicity poster, which I must have seen at least 100 times all over Lewisham!
Also before the concert the audience were treated to a spectacular puppet show (!) and to meeting Santa, who just so happened to be in attendance at the gig. All of this, plus the fact that the bar did a roaring trade, meant that by the time that Slade came on the crowd were full of Christmas spirit, of both kinds. This was proven by a certain young lady who decided to strip off and jig about on stage to "Something Else"!
Slade's performance was as immaculate as ever, except for a little point when Don had some trouble with the drums, but Jim filled in the break with ad-lib versions of "Teddy Bears' Picnic" and "Hot Love" - which was quite surprising.
The band's set was the same as the one on the October tour, but this time they added "Merry Xmas Everybody" and "Okey Cokey" to the act. Also, to the fashion conscious of you, Nod had a new stage outfit!
The next Slade concert on the Xmas bash took place on Thursday December 13 at the Music Machine, in Camden Town. This undoubtably was the concert of the tour. A packed house, along with several "stars" in attendance at this show, notably Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), Phil Taylor (Motorhead) and Nicky Headon (The Clash), showed this to be true.
It was a smashing concert, a real Xmas party - what with everyone wearing the silly party hats given out by Swinn before the show - and tinsel seeming to be everywhere.
What with The Sweet, Gary Glitter and Bolan being played by the resident D.J. just before Slade appeared made it seem as if we were back in 1973 again, rather than I979! Anyway the D.J. wasn't far wrong when he stated, "You are about to witness the best concert of 1979..."
Still, on to the show, for some reason the group changed the act slightly, "Merry Xmas Everybody" (when incidentally hundreds of balloons came falling down from above) and "Okey Cokey" were now included as part of the act - rather than being encores. And for those of you who are wondering, yes, the crowd did do the "Okey Cokey" when it was played. The dancefloor was transformed into a mass surging bodies moving in and out and doing twirls that even Anthea Redfurn would have been proud of!
Poor ol' Nod made a slight slip-up though when he introduced “My Baby Left Me" as “My Baby's Got It"! Seeing that Slade had been recording the latter song only a couple of days earlier at Granada TV, probably the predominance of it on Nod's mind caused the slip, still it does show that Slade are only human. (Shock! Horror!)
Afterwards the management were saying that it was a shame that the band couldn't have done the concert on Christmas Eve - now that would've been some night…
Music Machine, London
OK YOU lot down there on the dance floor. Put your left foot in, take your left foot out, in out in out shake it all about, do the hokey cokey… Hey, this ain't rock 'n' roll, this is genocide! Folks are gonna get Slayed!!
At any usual gig, perhaps, but this was different. After years in the wilderness, Slade are back. And you know something? They're as red hot 'n lively as ever.
Sure, high-fringed Dave Hill has succumbed to the extra pound or seven, but is that· gonna stop him leaping atop the PA to fire out glitter-best guitar licks? No sir, and at the other end Jim Lea is equally vicious, hammering out horrific violin licks as Don Powell crashes out torrents of mean rhythms.
But it's Noddy that the fans love and our own Mr Holder looks as young and fit as ever as he goads them on with his hooligan wide boy charm. Crashing out chords and orchestrating the head-banging, Slade give the impression that they were the prototype Quo. A hard-thumping dance band for those rockers freshly spilt from the football terraces.
A far cry from the contemporary tribalism of today’s gigs. Instead, a sociable we're fun-together attitude, with the revellers united in the common cause of coming to feel the noise.
And noise was what we got, not to mention a great display of party hats, balloons and flashing lights. There were the old hits, 'Mama Weer Orl Crazee Now', 'Gudbuy T''Jaine' (all mis-spellngs approximate) 'Get Down And Get With It,' 'Everyday' and of course, a rousing, almost tear-jerking 'Merry Xmas Everybody'.
Will Slade be restored to their former glory or are they just half-forgotten heroes? It's, anybody's guess but judging by this performance, a good chunk of their fans have already received one Christmas gift they won't forget in a hurry.MIKE NICHOLLS
Record Mirror. December 22. 1979
Quite a lot of the mail that we receive concerns the film "SLADE IN FLAME". Lots of people have come up with the suggestion of petitioning the television companies to get it shown.
We have looked into the matter, and it seems that no petitions are needed. The film is owned by VPS/Goodtimes and they plan to have it shown on television after they have "Stardust" (another film owned by them) screened, which will be sometime later this year. So with out a doubt "Flame" will be on our telly’s in the near future.
But the thing is, once the film has had a television showing, it will probably never be screened again at local cinemas. This is due to the fact that once films have been seen by millions of people on television, they no longer hold a big enough "box office pull" to be shown at cinemas again. So unless you own a Video Recorder, or have enough money to hire "FLAME" for your own private showing, the TV screening of the film will be the last time you'll ever see it.
For that reason it is up to us to get "FLAME" shown at as many local cinemas as we can this year, before it is on TV.
We have been in contact with THE ESSENTIAL CINEMA in Wardour Street, London, and they have booked a showing on SUNDAY MARCH 2nd at 9.15 PM!!
We are calling on ALL London and Home Counties fans to attend, because if enough people turn up to this showing the cinema's director Derek Hill (no relation!) assures me that it will be repeated every month! Thus we hope you will bring all your friends and family to see Slade's movie.
To get into the cinema you have to be a member, but that is no problem - to join the Essential Cinema Club you just have to pay 25p at the door on the night. The cinema is situated at 76 Wardour Street, WI (just off Oxford st) - the tube stations Tottenham Court Rd and Piccadilly Circus are only 5 minutes walk from the place. As the cinema is in a very accessible position, and the film only lasts 1 hour 20 minutes, all fans from London and the suburbs will have no trouble retuning home after the showing. So you have no excuse for not going!
P.S. "SLADE IN FLAME" to be shown soon at the Leeds ABC too.
SLADE ACTION ...
RECORD SWAPS - Gerard Goyer (20 I 26 Rue Marie Stuart, 75002 Paris, France) would like to swap the following records:
In For A Penny, My Friend Stan and Gudbuy T'Jane (French pic sleeve singles) for the Smiths Crisps Flexi and the Doublebacked 19 / Melanie Flexi.
Also, Get Down And Get With It (French, B Side Know Who You Are), How Does It Feel (Yugoslavian pis) and Take Me Bak Orne, Cum On Feel The Noize, Gudbuy T'Jane (All French P/S) for the Coz I Luv You Australian album.
Thanks For The Memory and Everyday (French P/S) will be swapped for a copy of the English Burning In The Heat Of Love single.
Skweeze Me Pleeze Me, Merry Xmas Everybody, The Bangin' Man and Far Far Away (French P/S) will be exchanged for the German Coz I Luv You album (Polydor 2383 107).
And finally, Gerard will swap Mama Weer All Crazee Now and Gudbuy T'Jane (French pis) and How Does It Feel (Dutch P/S) for the Le Mejor De Slade Spanish album.
IS THIS YOU? - I have received the following letter, does it refer to you? : "During various Slade gigs (in Wales, Liverpool and Birkenhead) my fiancé and I have met a bloke from Wales called Mugsy. He gave us his address so that we could write to him and his girlfriend Carol - but we lost it whilst moving home, and we would still like to contact them. I would be grateful if you would put a notice in S.N. asking Mugsy to write to us, as I know he reads Slade News." Jeff Lake, 3 Castle St, Birkenhead, Merseyside.
WANTED - The following singles; Nobody's Fool, My Baby Left Me, Burning In The Heat Of Love, Gypsy Roadhog, Give Us A Goal, Rock n Roll Bolero, Ginny Ginny and Sign Of The Times, as Alexander Poosz (3194 Falkensten, Norway) cannot get hold of them in his country - he will pay good prices.
WANTED - Sign Of The Times for Andre Ver Hage, George Bos 2, Ymuiden, Zeewyk, Holland, will buy or swap.
Slade return to basics
SLADE haven't bad a big hit for some time now, but it would be silly to write them off just yet, to judge by their new album, Return To Base.Still one of the most entertaining live groups around, they have too much talent not to get another' hit, but I'm not sure if they'll hit the mark with their new single. They've revived the Hokey Cokey, no less.It's their contender for the Christmas charts, and it will certainly get a few parties going if it's put on the turntable.Slade's version is a hard-rocking, full of fun song which combines their musical, toughness and ability to create a good time atmosphere to perfection.The song really suits Slade's' style, but whether or not it will be a hit is anyone's guess.I don't know whether Return To Base refers to their music.but there is definitely a Sixties feel to some of the songs, though others are vintage Slade.Most striking thing about the album is its variety, for Slade have loosened up a bit for this one and included much more variety of mood. It certainly pays off.As usual they start off with force, singing a song which went down well everywhere on their last tour. It's called Wheels Ain't Coming Down, a power-packed churning song with a catchy book line.After that, however, come all sorts of songs from frantic ravers to more gentle songs. One, which sounds similar to Bob Dylan's early tracks with The Band, especially the organ sound, really takes the ear - it's called Don't Waste Your Time.Another striking factor is the guitar playing of Dave Hill, who has really been allowed to branch out on this disc.In all, it'll an album, which will please Slade's still huge army of fans, both for its fidelity to the Slade sound and for its inventiveness and freshness.John Ogden
I have just received more copies of The Dummies' single - they are being dispatched now (£1.05 + 25p P&P). Incidentally, the single has just been re-released. It is now distributed by Pye Records (the catalogue no. FWL 001 remains the same) - the new pressings now have slightly different labels (collectors' N.B.) Seeing that the single is still on the Radio One playlist, and that it has now been picked up by Capital Radio, and several other commercial stations, it is now making progress in the charts. Hurrah!
"Okey Cokey" reached no.81 in the charts, whilst "Merry Xmas Everybody" popped up again and made it to no. 91 over Christmas.
I have just heard of the death of Andy Ellis of Leeds, who was killed in a road accident. It is a tragic loss because he was one of the greatest Slade fans, as well as being such a sincere bloke.
The Susan Reynolds Bookshop in New Oxford Street (30 secs walk from Tottenham Ct Rd tube) are selling a mass of copies of the excellent paperback "The Slade Story" by George Tremlett for 30p! What a bargain.
++ Thanks to Tony Tabram of Harold Hill for all the help ++
QUESTIONS and ANSWERS
Q. What I would like to know is which of Slade's singles and albums made the charts in America, and which positions did they reach? (Mike O'Sullivan, Dewsbury)
A. Four Slade singles made the charts in The States;
Gudbuy T' Jane (No. 68), Mama Weer All Crazee Now (No. 76), Take Me Bak Ome (No. 97) and Cum On Feel The Noize (No. 98). All of this shows that chartwise Slade were closest to "breaking" in America in the Mid '72/Early '73 period, rather than the '75/'76 era in which they were based in The States, constantly touring, which is surprising. Also as far as I can make out none of Slade's U.S. albums charted.
A. The Gudbuy T'Jane film was recorded at Slade's concert at the Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, on November 11th 1972. Although the single wasn't released at the time of the gig, it was played in advance on the Autumn tour 1972.
Q. In the last few SLADE NEWS issues there was talk about the "Give Us A Goal" single having a picture sleeve. I bought the record shortly after release and I didn't get one, nor did anybody else that I know. Could you give me some more details on it? (Mark Hyfield, Leith, Scotland)
A. "Give Us A Goal" was released with picture sleeves in Belgium, France and West Germany only - it is only the fans that have got a copy of the single imported that have the pic sleeve ones.
Title : "Le Mejor De Slade"
Country : Spain
Label : Polydor 2383 333
Date : 1974
Cover : 1973 photo of Slade
Tracks : (I) Hear Me Calling, Cum On Feel The Noize, Coz I Luv You, The Bangin' Man, Mama Weer All Crazee Now. (2) Gudbuy T'Jane, Skweeze Me Pleeze Me, Everyday, Far Far Away, Look Wot You Dun, My Friend Stan.
: "Good Time Gals"
B-Side : "Weer Really Gonna Raise The Roof"
Country : U.S.A.
Label : Warner Bros WB 7777
Date : 1974
Single : "Gudbuy T'Jane"
B-Side : "I Won't Let It Happen Agen"
Country : Austria
Label : Polydor 2058 312
Date : 1972
Album : "Old New Borrowed and Blue"
Country : Australia
Label : Polydor 2383 261
Date : 1974
Cover : Same as U.K. album
Tracks : Exactly the same as the British version, but a printing mistake meant that the album covers had the track "My Town" listed as being called "My Town Is The Third One"!
Pete Baker from Catford has written to say that Clive's Records (192 Broomfield Rd, Chelmsford, Essex) have been very helpful in obtaining him a copy of the "When The Lights Are Out" (Slade) import single. Anybody else interested in these American imports should drop them a line, along with a SAE, as they might prove to be of some help.
I. Merry Xmas Everybody
2. Take Me Bak Orne
3. Rock n Roll Bolero
4. Cum On Feel The Noize
5. Thanks For The Memory
6. Mama Weer All Crazee Now
7. Far Far Away
How Does It Feel (equal)
10. The Bangin' Man
11. Ginny Ginny
12. My Baby Left Me
13. Skweeze Me Pleeze Me
14. Burning In The Heat Of Love
Coz I Luv You (equal)
16. Give Us A Goal
17. Gudbuy T'Jane
18. Sign Of The Times
19. Look Wot You Dun
Gypsy Roadhog (equal)
As you will see, I have published the results of the feature asking you to write in telling me your favourite 3 Slade singles, so that I could print "The Fans' All Time Favourite Singles Chart".
For some time "Take Me Bak Ome" and "Rock n Roll Bolero" were way ahead of all other songs, but as Xmas approached "Merry Xmas Everybody" received such a large amount of votes that it nipped in front of them and won, by 3 votes!
It was strange to see "Rock n Roll Bolero", which flopped in the Autumn of 1978, getting so many votes. But on the other hand it was equally strange to find that none of the singles from the "Nobody's Fools" album (namely "Nobody's Fool", "In For A Penny" and "Let's Call It Quits") got enough of your votes to enter into the Top Twenty:
SLADE ALMANAC (Jan / Feb)
Jan 7 1973 London Palladium concert - Slade crack the ceiling.
Jan 23 1973 Australian tour commences in Sydney
Jan 28 1972 "Look Wot You Dun" released
Feb 3 1974 Return from U.S. at Heathrow
Feb 4 1974 "Old New Borrowed and Blue" album released
Feb 7 1976 "Let's Call It Quits" released
Feb 15 1976 Slade, with Louise Lea, return to U.S.A.
Feb 17 1974 Japanese tour commences
Feb 23 1973 "Cum On Feel The Noize" released
POLL RESULTS '79
Well, after spending a couple of hours going through all your entries for The Slade News Readers' Poll 1979 the results have been decided. Most results are predictable, but in some categories more unusual decisions have been made.
1. BEST SLADE ALBUM
1 Whatever Happened To
2 Return To Base
3 Slade Alive
2. BEST ALBUM TRACK
1 Hear Me Calling
2 Lemme Love Into Ya
3 Born To Be Wild
3. BEST ALBUM COVER
1 Slade Alive
2 Whatever Happened To...
4. BEST SINGLE SLEEVE
1 My Baby Left Me
2 Far Far Away
3 In For A Penny
5. BEST SINGLE B SIDE
1 She Did It To Me
2 It's Alright Buy Me
3 I'm Mee, I'm Now An Thats Orl
6. BEST LIVE SLADE SONG
1 Hear Me Calling
2 Get Down And Get With It
3 Gudbuy T'Jane
7. SONG YOU'D MOST LIKE TO HEAR SLADE PLAY LIVE
1 Skweeze Me Pleeze Me
2 The Bangin' Man Hall 1977
3 Coz I Luv You
8. BEST EVER CONCERT
1 Earl's Court 1973
2 Bristol Colston
3 Rainbow 1977
9. BEST 1979 CONCERT
1 Wolverhampton Civic
2 Cleethorpes Bunnies
3 Music Machine
10. BEST ACTOR IN "FLAME"
1 Noddy Holder
11. BEST FLAME SEQUENCE
1 Noddy In Coffin
2 Rainbow Concert
3 Car Chase and Crash
12. BEST EARLY SLADE SINGLE
1 Know Who You Are
2 Shape Of Things To Come
13. BEST IMPORT ALBUM
1 The Story Of Slade'
2 Slade - 2 Disques
3 Coz I Luv You
14. MOST INTERESTING SLADE MEMBER TO TALK TO
1 Dave Hill
15. BEST PROMOTIONAL FILM
1 Give Us A Goal
2 My Baby Left Me3 Gudbuy T'Jane
16. BEST SLADE PHOTO
1. Back of Sladest cover
2. Steve Flinders' photos
3 Cover to W.H.T.S. pic
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NEW 'RETURN TO BASE' BADGE
Send a 25 p Blank, uncrossed Postal Order and S.A>E. to:-
86 BENTLEY LANE, MEANWOOD
LEEDS LS6 4AJ
Also send S.A.E. if you are interested in seeing "SLADE IN FLAME" at the A.B.C. Cinema, Leeds late one Friday night.
I will send full details as soon as possible
This was the first edition of the Slade Fan Club News (now the official fan club) and came with a promotional photograph and an insert for a new badge made available by Nomis (both above). It also contained a strictly limited edition of the Barn Biography which was sent to the first hundred members to join up.
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