Slade is an English band with many line-ups leading to present day. But more notably are the founding members Dave Hill (lead guitarist) and Don Powell (drums). Noddy Holder, although no longer an official member of the band, is the more recognised lead singer.
This group hailing from the Midlands dominated the charts in the 70s during the height of the glam rock movement.
Originally set up in the late-60s and donning Skinhead fashion, Slade went on to be mentored and managed by Chas Chandler of Jimi Hendrix Experience and Animals fame, who encouraged them to write their own material.
They are widely accepted as one of the most commercially successful bands in the UK. Between 1971 and 1976, Slade had seventeen consecutive Top 20 hits, including six #1s. Three of their albums also topped the charts in an 18-month spell between 1972 and 1974. No other UK act of the period enjoyed such consistency in the charts.
The band’s attempts to crack the North American market mainly failed but there are many bands that cite Slade as a direct influence or paid homage with covers.
Slade's creatively spelled catalogue of hits are synonymous with the glam and metal era: Mama Weer All Crazee Now, Cum On Feel The Noize, Coz I Luv You, Skweeze Me Pleeze Me and Merry Xmas Everybody and still are heavily featured on any retrospective of the time.
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