Slade









Slade

were also known as the most commercially popular band in the U.K.. They deliberately misspelled the titles of their songs which drew a lot of attention. Their song, Merry Xmas Everybody, was released in 1973 and has become one of the most popular Christmas pop songs in the United kingdom. The group was called, The N’ Betweens, in 1966 when it was first formed. They changed their name to Ambrose Slade and joined manager Chas Chandler. The name was eventually shortened to just Slade. They took on the skinhead look. They later changed their look when they got negative publicity. They grew their hair long again which was the style of the era. They then gained the right kind of attention. The group is most remembered for their songwriting style and their live performances. The group was very popular in the 1970's and dominated the British charts. They out performed others such as Sweet, Wizzard, Suzie Quatro, T. Rex, Mud, Smokie, Gary Glitter, Roxy Music, and David Bowie. They had 12 Top 5 hits in the U. K. From 1971 to 1974. Six of them were number 1 on the charts. They had 17 Top 20 hits from 1971 to 1976 and 3 of them were number 2 on the Top 20 chart and 2 hit number 3 on the Top 20 chart. They sold more singles in the U. K.in the 1970's than any other group.

Slade never received any success in the United States although it was not from the lack of trying. The bass player for the group, Kiss, claims that the band, Slade, had a lot of influence on them and how they wrote their style of music. The group, Quiet Riot, had a hit with Slade’s cover, Cum on Feel the Noize. Others like Cheap Trick, also liked Slade’s style and tried to do it American style so it would sell in America. The events occurring in the film, This is Spinal Tap, are based on the exploits of heavy metal groups such as Slade, Deep Purple, Ozzy Osbourne, Led Zeppelin, and Saxon. Slade contributed some of their road stories to the film writers as did members of other 1970's rock groups. Some of these stories were integrated into the film.

The group had many hits between 1971 and 1975. They released both albums and singles. Possibly their most influential album of all of them was their album, Slade In Flame. Their concerts were sellouts. Their success started to fade in the 1970's because of the change in music trends but they still returned to the U. K. Charts after their 1980 Reading festival appearance. They also finally managed to reach higher numbers on the charts in the United states.