To everyone who has put up with, and read, my scrappy words in 2012..... Thanks for your support. Have a safe and Happy Xmas - and a wonderful 2013.
It's Slade -
will be repeated on BBC4 on Sunday night / Monday Morning 23rd/24th December at 1.30am
Slade @TheBBC -
will be repeated on BBC4 on Sunday night / Monday Morning 23rd/24th December at 2.40am
The BBC iplayer link for It's Slade click here
The BBC iplayer link for Slade@TheBBC click here
The BBC iplayer link for Slade In Flame click here
Click here to see Noddy talk on BBC Breakfast (Thurs 20 November) about the show.
Watched Slade Night on BBC4 yesterday... It was great.
You always find something new when watching old TOTP screenings though... When "Mama Weer All Crazee Now" was screened on Slade@The BBC - I suddenly noticed that I could see Frank Lea in the audience... (See pic above - he's in the pic just above Noddy's top hat). I always knew that Charlie Newnham and Johnny Joneswere there (in the Slade T-Shirts - acting as bouncers to stop fans grabbing the boys) - but I never knew Frank was there....
Just looked at my website "hit" counter....
On Thursday 20 December my site got a total of 385 pages "hit" (about the usual fugure) - this increased to 1,468 yesterday (the day of Slade Night on BBC4).
Must be due to punters googling "Slade" while the show was on...
Click here to watch Noddy Holder on 5 Live Breakfast this morning with Nicky Campbell - discussing tomorrow night's Slade Night on BBC 4
Noddy talked on BBC Breakfast this morning about Slade Night on BBC4 on Friday night...
Dave, Great website, great memories of Slade across the years, I first saw them in February 1973, the day Noize went in at No. 1, my first ever rock gig. It was stunning, I saw them 12 times altogether, the Rogues Gallery tour, I had tickets booked and would have gone to as many shows as possible. Always thought they fizzled away instead of one last tour for the fans, it was a shame they did'nt do a full gig at Walsall in 1991 for 25 years. On a more positive note, the Slade Night on BBC4 is really good news, I was hoping it would be this weekend rather than too close to Xmas but at least it is being shown. I missed the get together in September, I was taking my daughter to her digs at York University, Rod Fox and Wendy Evans keep in touch and they said it was a great weekend. I met Jim Lea @ 3 years ago at Wolverhampton Eye Hospital car park ! He was the only one I had not met before, how can you condense 30 years into a 5 minute chat? We spoke about ELO bizarrely, it was one of the few times I did not have a Slade CD or Therapy in my car ! and I forgot to ask about String Theory. I regularly send in requests for Slade tracks on the radio, Johnnie Walker played All the World is a Stage last year, even with the laughter at the end and my comments that Nod and Jim are underrated as writers. Keep on Rockin, Alan
Received a great email from Paul Hannah for the Fan Club site - where he tells about seeing Slade's Les Dawson performance recorded in 1973.....
My name is Paul Hannah from Leeds. I was a member of the Slade Fan club from around '72. Haven't got my membershio number, and I think I was in it for 2 or 3 years. One perk of my membership was an invitation I received from the Fan Club to attend the recording of the Les Dawson 1973 Christmas show. As this was to be at Yorkshire Television studios in Leeds, I think all the fan club members of the area were invited.
It was to be recorded in September/October of 1973 and it turned out that we weren't in the studio audience watching Les Dawson. We were on stage with Slade recording their bit of the show. It was their new song that was going to be released in December of that year. Of course it was Merry Xmas Everybody and so the 30 or so of us there, got to hear the new song 2 or 3 months before it was to become the biggest selling and most heard Slade song of them all.
After watching it on TV during the Christmas period of that year, it was almost 40 years before I saw it again on YouTube.
Dave Kemp. Born 1960. Father of two. From West Hampstead, London and relocated to Cambridgeshire. Huge Slade fan. The band have been in my thoughts every day since I was 12 years old...