Odds and sods about the British rock band Slade

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Classic Rock

My wish has come true. There's another 6 pages article/interview with Noddy in the December issue of Classic Rock and the interviewer Geoff Barton is loads better than the one from The Word.
Once again Nod is plugging the upcoming DVD and CDs "The Very Best Of Slade" and once again he stresses that there are no plans for a reunion. When asked: You've never been tempted to re-form the "classic" line-up?, he answers, "I think the others would have done. I'm the one that's probably put the spanner in the works. We get offers every year, very good offers, especially at Christmas time obviously. (…) I have no inclinations."
However, the interview gets all the way around. It mostly deals with Don's accident in 1973, Nod's career before and after Slade, Slade's early years, Flame, Ozzy Osbourne, producer Roy Thomas Baker who worked on the You Boyz Make Big Noize-album (1987) and also The Darkness. There are some nice pics as well.
There are a few inaccuracies in the article, mainly concerning Don's accident, but on the whole it's a great read. It even includes some "Where are they now?"-interviews with Dave, Jim and Don. Here Dave tells that the present Slade plans to release a new studio album in 2006 and Don admits that in the beginning with the present Slade he wasn't too crazy about having to play holiday camp circuits and similar venues. Most interesting is probably the interview with Jim, where he reveals that he has made a new solo album called "Therapy", but that the main obstacle for getting it out is, that he doesn't want to tour or do interviews. The guys talk about a lot of other stuff in the interviews as well.
Finally the Classic Rock December issue also includes a "Richie Edmunds talks Slade"-column where The Darkness bassist shares his thoughts on Slade. Among other things he says, "The original Slade were a real band of the people. Just honest, working-class rock music. (…) A lot of people owe a lot more to Slade than they would like to admit."
This article is really a must.


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