WILD WINDS ARE BLOWING B/W ONE WAY HOTEL 24/10/1969
Despite the failure of previous release 'Genesis' to advance the bands career, manager Chas Chandler
was more determined to break the band and set about doing so with an inspired change of image and name in readiness for another stab at the pop charts with their second Fontana release 'Wild winds are blowing'.
The image change from psuedo hippies to Skinhead bad boys gave Chandler the publicity he craved for the band, overnight Slade became the countries first ever skinhead band and attempted to cash in on the fashion craze that was sweeping the land.
With Slade's self penned material failing to convince Chandler that any were chartworthy he turned to a tin pan alley songwriting team that worked out of RSO records, Bob Saker and Jack Winsley, who had in their time penned tracks for the Bee Gees, had one of their tracks picked up by Chandler.
'Wild Winds Are Blowing ' sank without a trace but not before the band got their first national TV appearance where they performed the track live on BBC Television childrens music show 'Monster Music Mash', a short lived late afternoon show presented by ex Animals bloke Alan Price. Slade also performed their cover of The Beatles 'Martha My Dear' on the show which was transmitted at 5.15pm November 4th 1969.
At least now the band were starting to get some national exposure, unfortunately the skinhead image proved a double edged sword and imagined notoriety quickly followed whereby their image affected the work they were being offered. With the impending release of their 'Play It Loud' LP all publicity was believed to be good publicity.
The B side was a self penned track, 'One way Hotel' which would also feature on the LP.