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Frequently asked questions and Some of the very strange things some fans dream up...

 

Frankly stupid things people have said about Slade. AC/DC and Noddy Holder?
Frankly stupid things people have said about Slade. AMBROSE SLADE (the origins of the name)?
Frankly stupid things people have said about Slade. Did Dave Hill play on all of Slade's albums?
Frankly stupid things people have said about Slade. Noddy - on the STATUS QUO SINGLE 'IN THE ARMY NOW'
Frankly stupid things people have said about Slade. THE SLADE REUNION QUESTION?
Frankly stupid things people have said about Slade. Will there be more Slade releases from the classic line-up?
Frankly stupid things people have said about Slade. A DVD anthology or live DVD?
Frankly stupid things people have said about Slade. Who is on the SLADE LIVE AT KOKO DVD?
Frankly stupid things people have said about Slade. Who runs Jim Lea's website and Noddy Holder's website?
Frankly stupid things people have said about Slade. How do I contact the members of the band? / WHERE DO THE MEMBERS OF SLADE LIVE?
Frankly stupid things people have said about Slade. How did songwriting work in the band?
Frankly stupid things people have said about Slade. The origins of 'The Wall Of Sound'
Frankly stupid things people have said about Slade. Walsall Town Hall - April 1st 1966: The great myth that won't go away.
Frankly stupid things people have said about Slade. Til Deaf Do Us Part - the alternative LP cover.
Frankly stupid things people have said about Slade. How is Don Powell doing - years after his car crash?
Frankly stupid things people have said about Slade. Slade appeared singing with the celebs on the Band Aid song on TV. Were they on the record?
Frankly stupid things people have said about Slade. Which Slade songs did Jim Lea sing lead vocal on?
Frankly stupid things people have said about Slade. Why are Slade not on Spotify?
   
 

AC/DC and Noddy Holder

Q:
Is it true that during Slade's lean period - after the first run of hits, but before your chart comeback following your massive success at the Reading Festival, that you were approached to front AC/DC when Bon Scott died (in February 1980)?

NODDY HOLDER: "Yes. It is true. I was approached. AC/DC did offer me the job, and I turned it down - so they went and got the guy from the band Geordie, Brian Johnson, who sounded exactly like me anyway." (Full interview HERE).

The plot thickens, though.... In Feb 2017, Jim Lea was asked about this in a Radio interview and he stated that he spoke to Nod about it and that Nod said it never happened. Either Nod is a pathological liar (!) or he likes to play around with interviewers. In the book 'Hell ain't a bad place to be' about AC/DC, Nod's name was mentioned as an excellent possible replacement for Bon Scott, but that the band said they thought they would never have got him.

 
AMBROSE SLADE
The name 'Ambrose Slade' was inspired by a cowboy film. The previously repeated story about a secretary naming items of her clothing etc, is utter twaddle. Nita Anderson, the rock agent who rescued Slade back when they were stranded penniless in the Bahamas, recalls that the Fontana record company boss never liked the group's previous name, The 'N Betweens, but was stuck for what else to call them - until he noticed that a character in the film they were watching was called Ambrose Slade, and instantly settled for that. The name 'Nicky Nacky Noo' was apparently momentarily considered.
 
Did Dave Hill play on all of Slade's albums?
Dave Hill didn't play on the single 'Everyday' and some of the rest of the 'Old new borrowed and blue' album. All the guitar, bass guitar and piano parts were dealt with at the recording session by Jim Lea, who got the inspiration to write the song when his wife Louise came out with the basic melody and a first line for the lyrics, 'I can see you look at me' (which of course didn't make it onto the album, thus smartly depriving her of a royalty), following a conversation at home with friends about songwriting.

Jim Lea took over the majority of guitar parts on some of their latter albums (often Nod's parts but sometimes Dave's too), much to Dave's exprssed dismay. Linn drums were also used, though Don did programme them..
 
Noddy - IN THE ARMY NOW
Nod did NOT shout the line "Stand up and fight!" on the record.
It was one of Quo's road crew,
 

THE SLADE REUNION QUESTION
When will the classic line-up of Slade reform to play some final shows for the fans?
It will not ever happen unless Noddy Holder stops saying that there is no chance of it happening. The band members are said to have what could best be called a 'complicated relationship'. That, along with Jim Lea's health, is also a major obstacle to any reunion.

 

Will there be more Slade releases from the classic line-up?
There are a few things left unreleased, but not very much. There are a few studio demos known to exist, in various stages of completion.

Ruby Red (first version)
Love Is (rough demo) - NOT RELEASABLE
All join hands (swing version)
My oh my (Guinness lyric demo)
Another win (Written by Andy Miller and Bernie Frost. Complete studio out-take. THE RECORDING DOES NOT BELONG TO THE BAND).
Respect (incomplete 1991 studio run-through) NOT RELEASABLE
Take me bak 'ome (demo - as on Slade Smashes LP - not released on CD - belongs to Universal)
Look wot you dun (alternate mix - as on Slade Smashes LP - not released on CD - belongs to Universal)

The SLADE ALIVE! album was recorded over three nights at Command Studios, Piccadilly London in October 1971. Only the first night's recordings were used. The other two nights tapes were apparently not kept. They were probably recorded over with other music.

The 'Hotter Mix' of 'Slam the hammer down' (from the 12" USA CBS promo single) remains unreleased.
The extended version of 'Little Sheila' also remains unreleased in the UK, as it was only released on a USA 12" single.
The 12" extended version of 'Merry Xmas everybody' was not on the Salvo reissues, as it belongs to Universal.

 
As for the much-requested live Slade DVD...
The band's policy was not to ever film live shows. Little remains in archives and most of it would be too costly to obtain release rights to.

Their Earls Court show in 1973 was certainly filmed. However, the picture and sound quality, renders it unreleasable, according to Holder, who has said many times that it will never be released. The only copies are in the hands of the band and it is 99% certain never to be shown.


A European fan has claimed to have a full copy of the Slade Lochem festival show on VHS tape, from the TV production company, but he has gone ominously silent when asked about passing the tape on for possible release.
 
WHO IS ON THE 'SLADE LIVE AT KOKO' DVD?
Do not confuse the KOKO DVD with a classic Slade live show. Nod and Jim are not on it.
 
Who runs Jim Lea's website and Noddy Holder's website?
Newman and Company run these sites. Noddy Holder states he doesn't have any personal web presence, so if you are his friend on Facebook, you are talking to an imposter. Jim Lea doesn't use computers at all and may never have actually seen his own website.
 

How do I contact the members of the band? / WHERE DO THE MEMBERS OF SLADE LIVE?

This website will not divulge any private addresses, of the group or otherwise.
This site does not pass messages to the band.


Dave and Don can be contacted in person, before and after their stage appearances. Nod and Jim are more difficult to track down. Bear in mind they have retired from the music business a long time ago and that they greatly value their privacy. They have spent considerable amounts of money on their priority of living quietly out of the way.

We do not encourage fans to turn up in person at the group's homes. This is an awful intrusion into their privacy. It happens and we are sure they are not at all happy about it.

It is not a great idea to contact Newman and Co, unless there is a serious business proposition in mind that will benefit Nod or Jim.

For all booking and media enquiries contact:

The Hal Carter Organisation
41 Horsefair Green
Milton Keynes
MK11 1JP

Tel: 0044 (0) 1908 567388

E-mail: artistes@halcarterorg.com | Website: www.halcarterorg.com

 

How did songwriting work in the band?

Some snippets from fan club interviews on songwriting (courtesy of AJ Smith):

Dave Kemp's interview with Noddy Holder - Slade Supporters Club's November/December 1981 newsletter:

"It varies from song to song. With most of the songs Jim tends to have a bench of chorus melodies. I’ll go over to his place and we’ll sort out which choruses fit together best with the verses that we have. We’ll work out which songs need a middle eight or not. Then I’ll go away and work out the lyrics for each song. Next we’ll get together again, sift through the numbers and often change them around a little – sometimes we’ll just totally scrap ones that don’t work, but use choruses from them on new songs that we might be working on. There’s no said pattern, but most of the composition works like that.

With the lyrics, if I get a line for a song in my head or a title for the number, I’ll write it down straightaway in a book. But with the melodies we put these down on tape. Then, when I try to write the lyrics the idea is that I play back the tapes and try and fit my lyrics in with the melodies. Sometimes this comes dead easy, but other times it is really difficult. If you have a complicated melody, it’s harder to get the lyrics – as they have to roll off the tongue and fit into the awkward timing. Your hook lines have to be memorable too, so that they stick in the audience’s mind."

Interview with Jim Lea - Slade International Fan Club September-December 1986 newsletter:

"The first song that Nod and I wrote together was Coz I Luv You. I went around to Nod's with my violin and guitar and said that I wanted to write a song with him. Two hours later we had written Coz I Luv You. Immediately after that, I started going to Nod with bits of songs, and by the time Mama Weer All Crazee Now was done, I was writing the whole tunes. Ever since then, I've done the tunes and Nod's done the lyrics, apart from Merry Christmas Everybody, the chorus of which was written by Nod. It just shows that, although Nod always says that I come up with the best tunes, if he can come up with that chorus, he can write really good melodies. I don't write with tape recorders or anything, I just remember the tunes in my head. Did you see the interview with Paul McCartney just recently when he talked about how he wrote with Lennon? That's exactly how Nod and I write, with acoustic guitars, sat opposite each other."

 
The origins of 'The Wall Of Sound':

On page 56 of Who's Crazee Now, (during the 'N Betweens era) Nod says; "... Swinn and I came up with the idea of rewiring our amps so that they all linked up. ... The result was that Dave, Jim and I came out of speakers on both sides of the stage. It was like a rudimentary monitor system. Wherever you stood in the crowd, you could hear the whole band. It sounds simple but no one else was doing it ... Dave and Don had been searching for a new sound since the day I joined and as soon as we started messing around with the amps we knew exactly what it was going to be ... It was Dave who suggested we have three lead guitarists ... although Jim played bass, he played it like a lead guitar... together with our sneaky wiring, the effect was fantastic. We had a wall of sound behind us that other bands couldn't believe ..."
 
Walsall Town Hall - April 1st 1966: The great myth that won't go away.

Noddy Holder is extremely fond of quoting an appearance at Walsall Town Hall on that date as being Slade's first live appearance, or as an anniversary date.. The band were performing in Newcastle that night. Walsall Town Hall was actually closed to the public at that time, as it was being renovated.

The incorrect story was originally put out about the April 1st show to tie in with the release of their Nobody's Fools album, which was released with a big promo push as being their 10th anniversary album. People STILL repeat this rather fanciful story as being a fact, when it has been researched and proved otherwise.
 
Til Deaf Do Us Part - The 'blown speakers' alternative album cover.

It was reported in the press, soon after the album's release, that the Til Deaf album, which featured 'an ear and nail' sleeve, was the subject of objections from organisations dealing with the issues of deaf people. The report stated that the original sleeve was to be hurriedly withdrawn, to be replaced by a new cover with a pair of blown PA loudspeakers on it.

This story was not based in fact and was merely a ruse to get gullble people to part with their cash to hoover up the remaining copies of the so-called offending sleeve, thinking they were getting some sort of a collector's item. The alternative cover was never ever printed up and never existed. It was a publicity stunt that several people still repeat as being factual to this day. One of the bigger April Fool pranks in Slade's career and it is still being fallen for to this day.
 
 

How is Don Powell doing - years after his car crash?


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  Slade appeared singing with the celebs on the Band Aid Do they know it's Christmas 'Feed the world) song on TV. Were they on the actual record?

The record was promoted a number of times on TV shows and generally, whoever was on such shows (like Top of the Pops) at the time was roped in to sing along. The artists on the record are the ones featured in the official band Aid video
 

Which Slade songs did Jim Lea sing lead vocal on?

Jim sang the lead vocal on:
'When the lights are out',
'Radio Wall of Sound'

and shared vocals on:
'Don't talk to me about love' and also - as has been pointed out -
'Leave them girls alone'
'Ready to explode'.

He did not sing lead vocals on any other released Slade recordings.
 
 

Why are Slade not on Spotify?

Until artists start getting the same return from Spotify and other streaming sites as they do for a sale, Slade will continue to withhold their music. They deserve to have a continuing income from their recording efforts. They are not a charity and do not have to give away their music.Slade own their recordings outright, so they have the power to license it and use as it as they see fit.

Many artists' record companies have given over material to Spotify without consulting or paying their artists and the number of court cases dragging on about this continues to grow.

 

You may find the answers to other questions on our trivia page.

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SLADE  - The things people have got entirely wrong!!!

Every now and again, somewhere on the Internet, someone has clearly just woken up from a bad dream with some daft fantasy in their head, about Slade of all things, and spouts the quite mad contents of their tortured brain onto the internet for all to read, claiming it to be an actual fact, instead of engaging a psychoanalyst to sort their heads out and realising that they are talking utter rubbish. Some of it is surprisingly quite bitter and stupid.

Once it's out there, some people will take it to be fact and repeat it.

This is - of course - a bit annoying to serious Slade historians, although some of their rants can only be described as 'dead funny'. Here are some of the more stupid recent ones for your amusement. Spelling and punctuation have not been corrected.


Frankly stupid things people have said about Slade. Paul


"what i cant understand is noddy worhy 20 million jims lea worh is 18 million yet don and dave i worh nothink i know jim and noddy wrote the songs but they were the bigest band in uk and europe for about 5 years dave and don been touring for about 15 years so how come they are still pretty skink."
Frankly stupid things people have said about Slade. Phil


"H gave his money to the mormons."

"Don didn't really know what was going on after his accident although he got better his memory was shot"
Frankly stupid things people have said about Slade. Various: Noddy Holder is to be the new Dr Who.
Frankly stupid things people have said about Slade. PAUL "n betweens arnt slade are they ambrose slade isnt slade is it"
Frankly stupid things people have said about Slade. Phil "Jim wud skin a fart for a penny ultimate grummpy tite git and I should know"

Frankly stupid things people have said about Slade.

225 people - and growing...
The clueless section of Facebook
Frankly stupid things people have said about Slade.





Noddy Holder







Even now, Noddy still asserts that Slade played their first ever gig together as the classic line-up of the band at Walsall Town Hall on April 1st 1966. This convenient snippet of utter promotional misinformation was dreamed up by a publicist and used to promote what turned out to be their 10th anniversary album, 'Nobody's Fools, released on 1st April 1976.

This keeps being trotted out, despite newspaper adverts placing them in Newcastle Upon Tyne that day and the fact that Walsall Town Hall was noted in the local press as being closed for refurbishment that month. A 'white lie'.

Frankly stupid things people have said about Slade. The Internet

Jim Lea was NOT born at The Grange pub in Bilbrook. As Jim puts it himself, that is 'a filthy internet lie'. He was born at The Melbourne Arms in Wolverhampton as has always been stated.
Frankly stupid things people have said about Slade. Alan Arrowsmith "Queen were on their arses and ready to pack in when Slade saved them and took them on tour."
No, they didn't. The two bands have never ever shared a bill.
Frankly stupid things people have said about Slade. Various Contrary to daft rumours, Jim Lea did not play the violin on The Wonderstuff's version of 'Coz I Luv You'. It was actually played by the very capable Martin Bell.
     
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