My Oh My 1983

November 11th. 1983
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RCA Records RCA-373
My Oh My evolved when Jim Lea decided he wanted to write a song in the vein of Rod Stewart's 'Sailing', that everybody could sing along with. The song appeared on both The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome and on the band's 1984 American counterpart release, Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply. It reached number two in the UK chart by Christmas 1983 and a year later became the band's second US Top 40 hit, reaching number 37. The single was kept from the #1 spot in the UK by The Flying Pickets cover of Only You.

This was the first track that Lea and Holder had ever demoed because for the first time the group were working with an outside record producer John Punter. The raw demo of Holder singing over Lea's piano was received with wild enthusiasm by Slade's record label RCA.
"We learnt a lot from him... he spent a lot of time getting the right sounds and it was worth it."
Don Powell: Ken Sharp Interview 
The song came from an idea that Jim had while listening to Dave and Noddy tuning up in the dressing room before a gig at a University in Wales.
"It reminded me of bagpipes, I wrote the melody in my head to the drone of the strings"
Jim Lea
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Don Powell wanted to keep the drums out until the end of the song. 
"Do you remember a song by Billy Preston called That's The Way God Planned It? That's what I wanted to do at the end of My Oh My."
Don Powell: Ken Sharp Interview
My Oh My replaced C'est La Vie in the bands set list for the December '83 tour. RCA released the single in early November and by December it had entered the UK Top 20. The bands new album, The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome, was scheduled for release in February '84 but RCA decided to release it immediately (December 3rd) to cash in on the singles success. A February release may have produced a better album cover. They even cancelled one of Slade's concerts in order to promote the song on Top Of The Pops, much to the disdain of those fans with tickets. The group claimed that the venue had 10 days warning but continued to sell tickets. 


The track was performed on many UK TV shows such as David Frost, Hall of Fame, Russell Harty Show, Saturday Superstore, Rock and Pop Awards and Saturday Show which featured a different backing track. It  also featured on Top of The Pops on a number of occasions.
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The B-side featured Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply, a previously unreleased track that would lend it's title to the groups US release. An unusual number that echoes some of (I assume) Jim Lea's earlier musical experimentation. An 'ostinato' medley over an atmospheric backdrop of 'program music' sets the scene for the song. Lyrics, revolving around drinking and driving with an amorous passenger, alongside abrupt crashing chords which build the mood until, almost half way through the song, a disappointingly basic chorus lets it down. A shame because it has great promise but clearly they succumbed to the bands new Heavy Metal association and threw it away.

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My Oh My
Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply
Don't Tame A Hurricane
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The release was also put out in a My Oh My 12" format containing an Extended Version and an extra track. My Oh My is not titled or timed as extended but is actually 1:15 longer. It's essentially the same, the song is extended by doubling up on the chorus passages and extending the solo at the end. Far from dragging out the song, it actually makes it better.
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The extra track, another previously unreleased song called Don't Tame A Hurricane, is another short piece with an urgent and abrupt melody featuring the usual Slade wall of sound and a refrain that echoes the groups mid 70's sound but with an edge that catered for the new rock crowd. Both B-side tracks featured on the groups American album release, Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply.
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The single's chart run in the UK for a total of 12 weeks:
  • 19/11/1983 - #73
  • 26/11/1983 - #36
  • 03/12/1983 - #15
  • 10/12/1983 - #5
  • 17/12/1983 - #3
  • 24/12/1983 - #2
  • 31/12/1983 - #2
  • 07/01/1984 - #2
  • 14/01/1984 - #11
  • 21/01/1984 - #30
  • 28/01/1984 - #55 
  • 03/03/1984 - #100 
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The last entry was a re-appearance in the chart and the single was certified UK Gold by BPI in January 1984. The single was a huge hit worldwide:
  1. Austria - #5 for 10 weeks
  2. Belgium - #4 for 8 weeks
  3. Canada - #35 for 18 weeks
  4. Germany - #4 for 18 weeks
  5. Ireland - #3 for 7 weeks
  6. Netherlands - #9 for 7 weeks
  7. Noway - #1 for 13 weeks
  8. Poland - #21 for 9 weeks
  9. South Africa - #9 for 11 weeks
  10. Sweden - #1 for 10 weeks
  11. Switzerland - #2 for 13 weeks
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Mrxican red vinyl 12" RCA TEC-145
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After Slade's top 20 hit Run Runaway, the band/record label decided to release My Oh My on American soil. The single's chart run in the US lasted for a total of 11 weeks:
  • 07/07/1984 - #80
  • 14/07/1984 - #64
  • 21/07/1984 - #50
  • 28/07/1984 - #47
  • 04/08/1984 - #42
  • 11/08/1984 - #39
  • 18/08/1984 - #37
  • 25/08/1984 - #37
  • 01/09/1984 - #49
  • 08/09/1984 - #69
  • 15/09/1984 - #93
A promo video was made for the single which was shown in the US but was never seen in the UK until 1991 on a video compilation titled Wall of Hits.

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Many thanks to Gordon Kerr for supplying the 12" artwork. It's only right to mention that the pretentious musical twaddle was added by Mr. P. The single peaked at #305 for 1983 on rateyourmusic. The track is recommended by allmusic. Artists who covered this track were John Holt, Godsettre, Alex Rosen, Extrabreit, Kai Kill, K & K Studio Rock Set, Oxford United & Prism, Hurrah Torpedo, Combo Colossale, Hamburg Football Team, Frank Schöbel; Bodies Falling Downstairs, Southern Cross Ingemar Nordströms, SAPO and Dave Glover.

My Oh My
(Noddy Holder & Jim Lea)
I believe in woman My Oh My
I believe in lovin' My Oh My
Don't a woman need a man
Try and catch one if you can
I believe in woman My Oh My

We all need someone to talk to My Oh My
We all need someone to talk to My Oh My
You need a shoulder to cry on
Call me I'll be standing by
We all need someone to talk to My Oh My

We all need a lot of lovin' My Oh My
Yeah a whole lot of lovin' My Oh My
I can lend a helping hand
If you ain't got nothing planned
We all need some lovin' My Oh My

So lets all swing together My Oh My
We can all swing together My Oh My
You've got troubles of your own
No need to face them all alone
We can all swing together My Oh My

So lets all pull together My Oh My
Yeah lets all pull together My Oh My
We can ride the stormy weather
If we all get out and try
So lets all pull together My Oh My
Yeah lets all pull together My Oh My

Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply
(Noddy Holder & Jim Lea)
The hero of the airtime at home and in no fit state
Cos we have when it's two O thirty eight
I need to relieve myself can't wait
Blue light flashing comin' up a-right behind
Get up Mary, hittin' the cats eyes
Trying hard to follow the white line
I aint ready to face the law
I ain't runnin' and that's for sure
Maybe they'll just want an autograph
So keep your hands off my power supply
There's no chance that we'll get away
So keep your hands to yourself my oh my
I guess it ain't our lucky day hey hey
A wine inceptor maybe they're flagging us down
Now the boys in blue have their nose to the ground
Watching over can I see your licence sir
I aint ready to blow in the bag
I ain't ready to lose my rag
Gotta work out what I'm gonna say

So keep your hands off my power supply
There's no chance that we'll get away
So keep your hands to yourself my oh my
I guess it ain't our lucky day, yay, yay
Gotta get away
I aint ready to face the law
I ain't runnin' and that's for sure
Better leave my gear stick alone
So keep your hands off my power supply
There's no chance that we'll get away
So keep your hands to yourself my oh my
I guess it ain't our lucky day, yay,  yay
Gotta get away
Gotta get away

Don't Tame A Hurricane
(Noddy Holder & Jim Lea)
I wanna I wanna I wanna tell ya
He'll be sharper than any razor
With a phoney idea of life
He's got a hurdy-gurdy temper
To cut you like a knife hey hey hey
He's ever ready to catch the cheetah
You know the leopard don't change it's spots
He's the international cocktail
Who'll end up on the rocks woh oh oh
So don't try to tame a damn hurricane
A hurricane 'll backfire
Don't try to tame a damn hurricane
You can't hold on a live-wire
You need a five gear book on the good times
In the houses of ill refute
Different smokes for different folks
There ain't no substitute no oh oh
So don't try to tame a damn hurricane
A hurricane 'll backfire
Don't try to tame a damn hurricane
You can't hold on a live-wire
Woh oh oh oh oh
Hey hey hey hey
Woh oh oh oh oh
I wanna I wanna I wanna tell ya oh-oh oh-oh
The girlie's innocent airs took over
Her baby face did not engage
Don't need no firm and learn relations
He'll never change his ways no oh oh
So don't try to tame a damn hurricane
A hurricane 'll backfire
Don't try to tame a damn hurricane
You can't hold on a live-wire
Don't try to tame him blame him
The hurricane 'll backfire
Don't try to tame him blame him
You can't hold on a live-wire woh oh