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Slade – Hear Them Calling

Glam Rock part II,
One of the bestselling Glam Rock, bands in early 70’s was Slade, making lots of high charting singles and albums, 17 top 20 hits between 1971 and 1976, made them the band selling the most singles in UK during the 70’s.

Slade was the hard, raw garage sound, working class anti-intellectual and anarchistic attitude, Glam Rockers. A string of notable Punk/Metal/Grunge band members have been cited to have been influenced by Slade and Holders vocal style, Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins, the Ramones, Sex Pistols, the Clash, Kiss, Mötley Crüe, Quiet Riot, Def Leppard, Oasis, ect. ect. If Slade makes you think “Christmas” you missed out on some important classic albums !!, I suggest you start with “Slade Alive”

Ozzy Osbourne : “Noddy Holder’s got one of greatest voices in rock ever.”

In 1974 Slade made a film, Slade in flame, and a soundtrack album, even though today I may seem to hold some of Slade’s best tracks, it did not Peak as high on the charts as expected, and only one single “Far Far Away” was very successful. Noel Gallagher of Oasis claimed the track “How Does It Feel”: “one of the best songs written, in the history of pop, ever”. But at the time it only peaked at 15th on the charts.

After the film, Slade moved all their equipment to the US, aiming to make the break overseas by touring.
But they never did break the US, and lost their home base in the attempt. Later they had a comeback with a Heavy Metal following, again getting attention for their raw and clean cut energy as a live band, but that is another story.