You Better Run 1966

Columbia Records DB 8080
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Kim Fowley got the band a contract with EMI and they recorded four tracks at Regent Sound studio in Denmark Street, London. On December 2nd 1966, the band that would become Slade released their first Number 1 hit record. Produced by Fowley and released on the Columbia Record label. You Better Run, a cover of a tune by The Young Rascals, which had been a hit in the US but was virtually unknown in the UK.

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The B-side was Evil Witchman, (note the KT tax code stamp) a new set of lyrics (written in the studio as they rehearsed the song) by Fowley set over I Take What I Want, a track by The Artwoods played in the 'N Betweens unique style. It was a popular song with the Midlands R&B crowd for some time.

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The flyer above (courtesy of Chris Selby and Mark Lion) was passed out to advertise an appearance for a record signing at Cliff and Halifax in Wolverhampton on 3rd December 1966, to promote the new release. It was a record shop that published a local chart and You Better Run topped it for about six weeks, becoming the boys first Number 1 hit (even if it was only within the Midlands area).

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Carole Williams was the secretary for the Astra Agency that the band signed with. She ran The 'N Betweens official fan club from her home until they ceased being The 'N Betweens at the end of 1968.

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Security was never released in the UK or Europe, it was only available in the US by The In-Be-Tween. The B-side was Girl, I'm An Evil Witchman, as with You Better Run. It was released in the US on 21st October 1966, as it has been noted, Fowley was back in the States when You Better Run was released (much to EMI's annoyance).

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The other tracks recorded with Fowley remained unreleased until the release of The Genesis Of Slade CD in 1996. A compilation of early recordings put together by John Haxby with the co-operation of Johnny Howells but with no involvement from Slade or their management. This compilation is a must have for any Slade fan.

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Word has it that a re-release is possible in the not-to-distant future?

The You Better Run 7" sold for £140 at auction in 2005