GENESIS B/W ROACH DADDY 2/05/69
It is now May 1969, and Ambrose Slade as the band are now known,have a new manager. Chas Chandler.
Chandler, straight from his exploits in breaking and managing Jimi Hendrix had wanted a new project, and Slade fitted the bill. He quickly snapped them up and began the long process that would eventually see the band rule the UK singles charts for years to come.
Things were changing quickly behind the scenes, the name change was one of many changes that saw Chandler working with Jack Baverstock to promote and hone the band as a recording act. A hastily put together recording session ended up with the band laying down the tracks for their first LP, Beginnings, which was pretty much the band's stage show recorded in the studio.
From the LP came the trippy instrumental 'Genesis' as their first single on the Fontana lable. It sank without a trace. Originally entitled 'Blues in E' all four members of the band were given a writing credit, as they were with the B side 'Roach Daddy'.
Despite there being no chart success the track was to evolve and after having a lyric added reappeared on their follow up LP 'Play It Loud' as 'Know Who You Are'. The track became a stage favourite and featured in the bands set and was one of the seven tracks chosen for the groundbreaking 'Slade Alive' LP in 1972'
A short promotional film was made to promote the single by a small independent film company 'Caravelle' which lay unseen and hidden away for over 40 years before Midlands Slade researcher Gary Jordan astonished the Slade world by tracking down a copy of the film that survived. Below is the Slade In England edited version of the track featuring stick archive footage of Euston Station in London to pad it out.