"You're a good live act, and that's it...that crap you served up tonight that wasn't music...
You're just second rate comics working on a third rate audience......"
"With a fourth rate agent copping ten percent...."
Ron Harding & Stoker exchange pleasantries 1975
Slade are one of the most successful rock acts of all time. Of that there can be no argument. Noddy Holder, Dave Hill, Jim Lea and Don Powell rose from their Black Country beginnings in England's industrial heartland to light up the world with their anthemic rock n' roll and made us all feel the 'noize' .
During their long journey to the top they honed their live act by playing hundreds of gigs, playing anywhere and everywhere that would have them. There was no instant overnight success because you appeared on a TV talent show. Slade did it the hard way in a world devoid of the modern technology we all take for granted today. They paid their dues, learned their trade and bludgeoned their way into the national psyche', a place still occupied by those that were there and the generations since that know them from their annual Christmas hit 'Merry Xmas Everybody'.
Hand in hand goes the general public perception that Slade were a bunch of jolly japesters, tinsel clad gurning buffoons with little or no merit as a band. The notion is absurd, Slade were one of the best live acts this country has ever produced, and as recording artists they have sold some 60 million records worldwide. The writing partnership of Holder and Lea produced more hit records during a five year spell in which they dominated the UK charts than anyone has the right to...they owned the charts in an era when to make the top end of the charts bands had to sell records in their hundreds of thousands. Slade did, racking up six massive number one records in a three year period, three of which, 'Cum On Feel The Noize', 'Skweeze Me Pleeze me' and the evergreen 'Merry Xmas Everybody' all crashed into the charts at the number one position.
Despite their home and European success Slade struggled to make any headway in the United States, a constant source of annoyance to them, and it was to be a decade later, in the eighties when finally they broke through there following exposure gained when US band Quiet Riot had an absolutely abnormous pan global hit with a cover of Slade's 1973 hit 'Cum On Feel The Noize'
It was a deserved reward for their perserverence if nothing else, especially when after being so big in the mid 70's they had endured the 'dark days' when their popularity faded and they were reduced to playing third division venues to pay the bills. they still carried on despite a close call when Hill had decided to call it a day and hang up his guitar for good. Following their now legendary festival stealing appearance at Reading in 1980 Slade suddenly found themselves a new audience, their crunching growling guitars amplified to oblibvion (never mind eleven) and the sheer brute force of their 'sound' suddenly found them the darlings of the burgeoning New Wave Of British Heavy Metal brigade, It seemed a good idea at the time but the very audience that embraced them as a formiddable live act guaranteed to give you a good night out did not transfer well to vinyl, Slade were never a HM band, one of the absolute essentials was of course to have a shit hot lead guitar player, two if you could get away with it. Dave Hill's limitations as a lead guitarist left the headbangers frustrated and after a false dawn or two the HM crowd stopped buying their records, they became worse as the bands creativity was well and truly spent.
This site is here to serve anyone who can be arsed to look in and browse around, but it is really for the very few, a small percentage of Slade fans that are still knocking around, turning up at all the usual places that fans congregate to spin their yarns and indulge themselves in memories of times past. I want this site to be truly representative of what a fabulous band Slade were, their story and how it evolved and was reported. I ask that anyone out there who would like to contribute in some way, perhaps fill in some of the gaps, do so.
Throughout the site there are links to the various Slade In England YouTube videos as well as links to other sites that will give you a more in depth look at whatever it is you are reading about.
Slade In England is currently undergoing a complete re-vamping in order to modernise the layout and content of the site. There are at present many dead links but click around and come back periodically as it is a work in progress and once the navigation structure is in place inserting the content should not take too long......