Odds and sods about the British rock band Slade

Friday, January 06, 2006

Generation Pop

Recently the 3Sat-Channel aired a rerun of the 2004 WDR production "Generation Pop" where "ordinary" Germans born in the early 1960s talked about being young in the 1970s and 1980s. The first part of this 4 part series included an interview with Don and Dave as well as some short clips from different TV-appearances of the original Slade.
The interview had Dave telling how important the clothes and the shoes were to the band and that because of the exploration of space he invented the silver look. With that and the big shoes the guys looked like men walking on the moon, he said.
Don talked about the phonetic spelling of the song titles and how that caused the band a lot of trouble with the educational authorities in England. He added that a few years later they started using phonetic spelling in schools.
Probably the funniest thing in the series was a woman admitting that as a young teenager she didn't understand English. When "Cum On Feel The Noize" was a hit she therefore got out the dictionary to look up the word "cum".
The running time of the whole series was 3 hours, but only 5-10 minutes were Slade-related. Well, at least the theme of the series was "Lock Up Your Daughters"!


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