Odds and sods about the British rock band Slade

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Twenty years ago on BBC

At the moment Slade is celebrated their 40th anniversary. That is, these days it seems that only the fans are celebrating. But 20 years ago at the 20th anniversary the band itself celebrated as well.
Back then the BBC had a programme called Friday People which did a 3 minutes piece about an anniversary party for Slade. Here reporter Jan Ravens interviewed the guys. Noddy told that when the band started out it was a lot more fun than nowadays when it's all down to money. He also talked about Poland & bog rolls and about MXE.
Jim said that when they started out they had to have gigs and become good before getting a record contract. Today the contract comes first, so when young kids are having hit records they don't know what to do when they're thrown on stage, because they've never faced an audience before. He also talked about glam rock and Dave's clothes.
Dave on the other hand told about the lean years of the band, and Don…well, Don didn't say a thing, but he really needed a shave!!
Mike Read and Anne Nightingale were also interviewed and a clip of Mama Weer All Crazee Now from Top of The Pops, 1972, was shown.
Happy anniversary, all!


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