Coz I Luv You 1971

Polydor Records  - 2058-155

Dutch Picture Cover of "Coz I Luv You".

Written by Noddy Holder and Jim Lea and produced by Chas Chandler. It was the band's second hit single in the UK and the first of six number one singles. It was released on 30/10/1971 and was last seen on the charts on 05/02/1972 at #44. According to Noddy Holder's autobiography the single sold half a million copies in only two weeks.

It is common knowledge amongst Slade fans that Coz I Luv You started off life as an instrumental violin spot for Jim and was only given lyrics due to Chas's advice for the band to write their own material.  What isn't common knowledge, however, is that the tune is basically a reworking of a 1970 song, called "Nine By Nine" by John Dummer's Famous Music Band!

Typical of Slade's brash, stomping glam style, it prominently featured Jim Lea's electric violin and quickly reached number one on the UK singles chart, where it stayed for four weeks in November 1971. Originally, the first week of being released, the single hit #26, followed by #8 the next week and #1 the following after. The single was #1 for 4 weeks and stayed at #3 for 3 weeks after.

Chas Chandler had put Lea under pressure to write a new track for a single. Lea turned up at Holder's home unexpectedly with his guitar and violin with an idea for a song with a Django Reinhardt & Stephan Grapelli hot club sound. The track was written in half an hour. This began the writing partnership of Holder and Lea which would carry on throughout Slade's career. Originally the band felt the song to be too soft and so clapping was added to the recording. The misspelt titles also became a trademark for Slade, causing a great furore among teachers up and down the country.

Ritchie Blackmore spoke of the song as a guest reviewer for Melody Maker in October 1971
"Is this the MM staff band? I think I recognise it now the guitarist is speeding up. The song isn't bad. I like the violin. It's very course, but the guitar needs speeding up a lot. It can't be East of Eden, and it's certainly not Family. Slade, yes? They are a good group because the don't care about the notes and there is a public wanting that. Another group might be too inhibited to do what they do."

In Sounds magazine interview, 15th Novenber 1980 
Back From The Dead - Steve Keaton meets Noddy Holder and Jim Lea of Slade. 
"I didn't even like some of those old ones. We all hated 'Gudbye T' Jane' when we made it, it was knocked up in half an hour at the end of one of our studio sessions. The same for our second single, 'Coz I Luv You'. It was namby-pamby to us, a throwaway for an album. It shot to number one in two weeks and we thought, 'What a pile of shit!' It was so wet."

Record Mirror magazine reviewed the single on release, 
"Written by Slade men Holder and Lea, this is a natural born successor to "Get Down and Get With It". As they've been riot-raising round the British Isles of late, I've no doubt that this staccato building production will make it. And make it big. Touches of violin, yet, a sturdy foot-pounding sort of build up. Less frantic than of yore, but a really persistent ear-bender."

Belgian Release Picture Cover of "Coz I Luv You".

 (Both sides of the sleeve are the same).

 (Note the incorrect spelling of "Lea" on the label!)

New Musical Express reviewed the single upon release and defined it as a double a-side single. 
"A good follow-up to the recent hit by Slade, and one which could give the outfit its second successive chart entry. The only drawback is that this is a double a-side disc, and I feel that artists are foolish to try and grab the best of both worlds. In the process, sales are often split down the middle, with the result that neither side is a hit! In this case, I would have thought that "Coz I Luv You" is the obvious plug side because it should satisfy both the mainstream pop and the heavy brigade. It's a rousing hard-hitting number, generating bags of electricity and urgency, but nevertheless blessed with a strong melody line and a chorus with which it's easy to join in. The flip is more progressive and is something of a rave-up with, I imagine, more limited appeal. All the same, a meaty set from Slade and a tight production."

New Musical Express: 13th November 1971

"SLADE'S single "Cos I Luv You" captures the No.1 spot in the NME Chart this week _ at the same time as their contract with their present recording company, Polydor, is due to expire. And as a result of these coincidental developments, the group and manager Cha!s Chandler are being deluged with offers from practically every major disc firm in the business! 
So far no decision has been taken as to whether Slade will switch to another label or remain with Polydor. 
After turning down an offer of a major launching in America (reported last week), Slade plans to work extensively in Europe during the coming months - its current British chart-topper has already entered the Top Twenty in several European Countries. 
But as far as Britain is concerned, Slade intends to carry on with its normal rota of college and ballroom gigs. Despite its No. 1 triumph, no form of concert tour is envisaged for the outfit. A spokesman told the NME: "The boys don't want to play concerts - it's not their scene. What's more, they have no intention of putting up their price to promoters. They will continue charging their usual pre-Chart fee." 
Slade was flying to Paris today (;Friday) to tape a TV show. Latest British one-nighters are Bexley Black Prince (this Sunday) and Sunderland Locarno (next Wednesday)." 
UK/European Picture Cover of "Coz I Luv You".
French Picture Cover of "Coz I Luv You".

German Picture Cover of "Coz I Luv You".
Norwegian Picture Cover of "Coz I Luv You".
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German 1987 Re-Release Picture Cover of "Coz I Luv You".

Apple Acetate.
Japanese Picture Cover of "Coz I Luv You"/"My Life Is Natural" 7", Vinyl, Promo. Single.

Mexico "Coz I Luv You" (various artists Promo. with fold-over flap back cover) 1972.

Greece "Coz I Luv You" 1971.

Portugal "Coz I Luv You" 1971.

Yugoslavia "Coz I Luv You" 1971.

Israeli "Coz I Luv You" / "Get Down And Get With It" 1971.

Iran "Coz I Luv You" 1971.

- (Shared Single, with "Hang On Sloopy" by Davide Porter!)

Lebanon "Coz I Luv You" (multi-coloured Vinyl) 1971.

U.S.A. "Coz I Luv You" (blue) Promo. Single - 13th October, 1971.

Spanish Picture Cover of "Coz I Luv You"/"Know Who You Are" 7", Vinyl, Single.

In 1994, Jimmy Lea produced several reggae cover versions of Coz I Luv You on the Trojan label.

For details on these and other Jim Lea Side Ventures, visit this page of the Slade Crazee! weebly.

In 2011, The Guardian published a small article based on the single:
13th November 1971: Number 16 in our series of the 50 key events in the history of pop music
"It was all about the stomp: Coz I Luv You's bootboy rhythm anchored its swirling, menacing violin line and the two combined to give this single – Slade's first Number 1 – its frightening, primitive edge. The band went on to become the most successful UK singles act of the 70s, but their music – setting aside their Christmas pension plan – never totally lost this hint of muscle and threat. As for the look, there's still something more startling about the band's brickies-in-platform-heels image than any amount of crafted androgyny."

The song had no promotional video for the single but was performed on numerous TV shows, both English and European.

In 2006, UK artist James Blunt began performing the song at his live concerts.

Trivia: The song was used in the film Velvet Goldmine and in an advert for the Ford Transit van. More recently the song was used in the BBC drama, Life on Mars. The song plays on series two, episode four as a group of swingers in middle-class suburbia dine at a wife swapping party. The song also features in the film El Lobo, a political thriller revolving around the Spanish terrorist group ETA.

Coz I Luv You
(Noddy Holder & Jim Lea)

I won't laugh at you when you boo-hoo-hoo
Coz I luv you
I can turn my back on the things you lack
Coz I luv you

I just like the things you do mm
Don't you change the things you do mm

You get me in a spot and smile the smile you got
And I luv you
You make me out a clown then you put me down
I still luv you

I just like the things you do mm
Don't you change the things you do mm


When you bite your lip you're gonna flip your flip
But I luv you
When we're miles apart you still reach my heart
How I love you

I just like the things you do mm
Don't you change the things you do mm

Only time can tell if we get on well
Coz I luv you
All that's passed us by we can only sigh hi-hi
Coz I luv you

I just like the things you do mm
Don't you change the things you do mm

No, no, no.

la la laa la la laa, laa, laa..

My Life Is Natural
(Noddy Holder)

I played the sands of time and I loved and lost
They give their bodies to two time horse
They gambled every thing they got
A greedy mind cut out the cards

They even loved with another man's wife
They even loved her with other men
They've also drank a lot of wine
Some men have even had a good time

My life is natural, hey, hey, hey
My life is natural, I said, I said, I said
My life is natural, whoa, whoa, whoa
My life is natural
Maybe tomorrow a change in the life
Of the man in the street's gonna come
Maybe tomorrow hope it`s tomorrow

You got the sands of time and got 'em high
They've done their best to wreck their mind
Instead of joke they told a lie
They started wars so men could die now

They try to sus their bodies evil
And what is good will take a mind brighter than mine
To start to setting the world to right
Would take another Christ now

My life is natural, hey, hey, hey
My life is natural, I said, I said, I said
My life is natural, whoa, whoa, whoa
My life is natural
Maybe tomorrow a change in the life
Of the man in the streets gonna come
Maybe tomorrow - hope it`s tomorrow

My life is natural, hey, hey, hey
My life is natural, I said, I said, I said
My life is natural, whoa, whoa, whoa
My life is natural, comma, comma, comma
My life is natural, hey, hey, hey
My life is natural, I said, I said, I said
My life is natural, whoa, whoa, whoa
My life is natural

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