Slade - where are they now?

Who are Slade?

Slade are a classic English glam rock band that gained fame during the early 70s with a prolific series of hit singles and albums – they are one of the most successful British bands of the 70s. While most of their success was in Europe they had a couple of good years in the 80s in the US with a couple of songs reaching the top 50.

Their humble beginnings with a mediocre album Beginnings didn’t deter them and when Chas Chandler (the Animals’ bassist) took over management he transformed them and believed that they should write their own music.

It took several years of failure before they began to find their identity, they continued to perform live and gained a decent reputation as a live act. One song ‘Get Down and Get With It’ was a popular song that required audience participation and due to this it became a hit on the UK charts – most of Slade’s songs are ‘sing a long’ type songs and this early song helped them build a decent following, especially when they moved away from their ‘skin head’ look into a more popular glam rock ‘long haired’ look.

Slade began to record and perform rock anthems and during this period had their most commercial success with a string of hit records in the early 70s.

By 1974 Slade followed the trend of many bands and tried to create a movie – with a disappointing album they began to lose popularity and this ultimately led to their downfall. They had a brief resurgence in the Heavy Metal era but mostly were confined to the ‘doldrums’ with minor chart success.

Today, Slade II still perform and are moderately successful. They have stamped themselves on music history and have influenced many bands, with several of their songs being covered by ‘hair bands’ in the US in the 80s.


Slade music style

Slade have been associated with many genres throughout the years ranging from progressive rock, glam rock, heavy metal, hard rock and pop rock.

Slade probably had most success with their glam rock sounds during the 70s.

They toyed with acoustic rock but were mostly happy with a heavier sound that would not have been out of place during the 80s ‘hair band’ era.

Their attempts to regain fame included a stint with heavy metal, followed by a more pop rock; this became popular in the 80s in the US but was far away from the true glam rock sound of the band from the early seventies that produced the most hits for them


Slade through the years

(1969-1992)

  • Noddy Holder - Vocals / guitars / bass guitar
  • Dave Hill - Guitars / vocals / bass guitar
  • Jim Lea - Bass guitar / vocals / keyboards / violin / guitars
  • Don Powell - Drums / percussion

(1993–1997)

  • Steve Whalley - Vocals
  • Steve Makin - Guitars / vocals
  • Dave Hill - Guitars / vocals
  • Craig Fenney - Bass Guitar / vocals
  • Don Powell - Drums

(1998–2003)

  • Steve Whalley - Vocals / guitars
  • Dave Hill - Guitars / vocals
  • Dave Glover - Bass guitar
  • Don Powell - Drums

(2003–2005)

  • Steve Whalley - Vocals / guitars
  • Dave Hill - Guitars / vocals
  • John Berry - Bass Guitar / vocals
  • Don Powell - Drums

(2005–present)

  • Mal McNulty - Vocals / guitars
  • Dave Hill - Guitars / vocals
  • John Berry - Bass Guitar / vocals / violin
  • Don Powell - Drums

Slade Discography:

  • Beginnings (as Ambrose Slade, 1969)
  • Play It Loud (1970)
  • Slayed? (1972)
  • Slade Alive! (1972)
  • Sladest (1973)
  • Old New Borrowed and Blue (1974)
  • Slade in Flame (1974)
  • Nobody's Fools (1976)
  • Whatever Happened to Slade (1977)
  • Return to Base.... (1979)
  • We'll Bring the House Down (1981)
  • Till Deaf Do Us Part (1982)
  • The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome (1983)
  • Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply (1984)
  • Rogues Gallery (1985)
  • Crackers - The Christmas Party Album (1985)
  • You Boyz Make Big Noize (1987)
  • Keep on Rockin' (1994)


Slade’s UK number one hits:

  • 1971 "Coz I Luv You"
  • 1972 "Take Me Bak 'Ome", "Mama Weer All Crazee Now"
  • 1973 "Cum On Feel the Noize", "Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me", "Merry Xmas Everybody"


Where are Slade Now?

Hill and Powell formed Slade II in 1993 (later shortened back to Slade) and while the band has transitioned over the years, Hill and Powell still form the core of Slade today.

Slade released a studio album in 1994 (Keep on Rockin') but this was not commercially successful. Compilation albums were released over the next decade or so to keep Slade’s name in the public eye, but mostly they were reduced to touring and playing their older successful songs.

Today Slade can still be found touring Europe and are appearing live at Koko in London. With two of the founding members still in the band they continue to belt out their hits in true glam rock style!


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

I think most bands who made their own movie were unsucessful-even legendary bands. One exception to this was a band from the 60s British Invasion-Herman's Hermits. Harmless and fun, in the films lead singer Peter Noonan took on the name of Herman-there was no Herman actually, they just liked the aliteration-while the other band members used their real names.


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huba90 5 years ago from Egypt

I love rock n roll,it's cool feeling the 70's dance parties playing now.

A little weird but they are full of joy and happiness.


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RetroBrothers 5 years ago from Sunny Scotland

A nice hub on Slade. Although they may be pretty much working in the background these days - they must make a fortune every Christmas! (with THAT song).

Slade were actually better musically than they were given credit for too - if only they hadn't made that movie...


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rwelton 5 years ago from Sacramento CA

SineyC -

A good bit of rock history...thanks.

rlw


Zak 4 years ago

Slade are the most under rated band ever IMO!

They had a massive number of hits in the 70s including many number ones and some that went straight into the top slot!

I don't thisnk the film did them any harm, the hits just dried up. But if Noddy and Jim had stayed with the band, who knows where they would have gone?

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