Wild! Wild! Wild! – A People’s History of Slade


A people’s history of 1970s hitmakers Slade in the words of over 300 fans

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In the UK in the 1970s, there was no bigger band than Slade. With six number 1 singles (three straight in at number 1) and 17 consecutive top 20 hits, they were the most successful British group of the 1970s measured on singles sales. But Slade were also a phenomemon live. Vocalist & guitarist Noddy Holder, guitarist Dave Hill, bassist & violinist Jim Lea and drummer Don Powell had been playing together since 1966 (initially as The N’Betweens and then Ambrose Slade) and seasoned performers by the time of their breakthrough hit in 1971.

Slade’s live concerts were something to behold, and this book captures them in performance in the words of over 300 fans. The journey goes from the boot-stomping skinhead days of ‘Get Down and Get With It’, through the chart-topping glam rock era of ‘Mama Weer All Crazee Now’ and ‘Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me’, and onto their ultimately unsuccessful mid-’70s attempt to break America before the chicken-in-a-basket doldrums of their career and the original line-up called it quits in 1992.

There are fan stories and photographs and memories that will make you laugh, cry and be transported back to the early 1970s, when Slade were all over the radio, the TV and the news. This is Slade loud and raucous, with Nod’s distinctive vocals, Dave’s crazy stage outfits and Jim’s virtuoso violin playing, all held together by Don’s drumming.

If you grew up in the 1970s, you will have heard a Slade song on the radio every few minutes. And if you walk into a shopping centre or a supermarket anywhere in the UK from mid-November onwards, you’ll be sure to hear the Slade song that is now as much a part of Christmas as Santa Claus…

Written and compiled by music journalist and Slade fan Malcolm Wyatt (author of This Day in Music’s Guide to the Clash), Feel The Noize – A People’s History of Slade is published by Spenwood Books on 29 September 2023.

ISBN 978-1-915858-07-8

Extent: 336pp

Fully illustrated (colour & B&W)

Page size: 234 x 156mm

Binding: Hardback

Recommended Retail Price: £25.00 ($30.00)

Order by 30 April 2023 and your name will be printed in the book as one of its sponsors.

Pre-orders will ship w/c 11 September 2023.


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