Odds and sods about the British rock band Slade

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Lochem Festival, 1981

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Nod and Don, Toppop, Holland

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Promo for Lock Up Your Daughters, Topop, Holland

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More promo for Lock Up at Toppop

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All Join Hands, Holland, 1984

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Jan’s photos of Slade

Jan Visscher of has kindly agreed to let me use some of his pics of Slade on my blog. Thanks a lot, Jan, they are really great shots!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Screen shot of Flame

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GAFFA-review of Flame

GAFFA, the biggest music magazine in Denmark, had a review of Flame in their June-issue. The DVD got 3 out of 6 stars and the review went like this:

Slade in Flame
Glam, groupies, gangsters and flame throwing microphones
It has been called “the best rock movie of all time” and “the Citizen Kane of British pop pics”, but the film where glam rock band Slade plays the fictive band Flame didn’t cause a stir when it was released in 1974 and you probably have to be British to be blown away by this kitchen sink drama. The film has recently been remastered and re-released on DVD with a bonus-CD with the soundtrack as well as a new one-hour long interview with the most important people behind the film, including the four hairy glam stars. The film follows Flame from nobody’s to somebody’s and if it wasn’t because they actually reach the top, the film reminds a lot about The Commitments where soul has been replaced by glam. As such the film is really worth seeing with its car chases, a night in jail, corrupt managers using gangster methods, flame throwing microphones, groupies and whatever else that belongs to a good rock flic. But the film with its abrupt ending never really gets interesting. The soundtrack does, however, even without monster hits like Cum On Feel The Noize and Merry Xmas Everybody. But it would have been nice with subtitles of the band’s Brummie-English.
Lars Löbner Jeppesen”

Personally I think the review is rather harsh and all the inaccuracies annoy me. I mean, the guys don’t talk Brummie-English, do they?, the film was not released until 1975 and Flame does not remind of The Commitments, it’s The Commitments that reminds of Flame! When that is said it is a small wonder that Flame got a mention at all as GAFFA consequently has avoided to mention Union Square Music’s re-issues. And 3 out of 6 stars are not bad, either, as GAFFA is always very stingy with their stars.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Noddy accepting the award

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Mojo Award for 'Flame'

Union Square Pictures' recent collector's edition of 'Slade In Flame' was awarded the MOJO Vision Award for having: "taken MOJO music values into the celluloid or small screen arena with utter artistic success". Nice going!

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Don in Lehrte, Germany, 2006

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John, July 15, 2006

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Mal in Germany, 2006

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Dave between crew members Robin and Tim

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The concert that got away

Slade did a gig in Svankjaer in Denmark on July 6th and a review was supposed to surface here. Well, due to transportation problems I wasn’t able to go, so instead I’ll share some pics with you made by Wilfried Mende, former president of the German fanclub. The photos are a year old, shot on July 15th, 2006 in connection with the Slade-concert in Lehrte, Germany.
Sorry, for the inconvenience of not being able to bring you a concert review, but at least the pics are great! Thanks for helping me out, Wilf!

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Flame poster

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Giant poster

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Slade poster

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Thanks for the memories!

Per Jensen, a Danish Slade-fan whom I happened to meet at Slade’s Aalborg-concert in February, has sent me his old scrapbook full of Slade-posters, articles and clippings for me to go through. Wow, that was like going back in time! It brought back so many memories, as most of the stuff I’d owned myself in the seventies was there. All my Slade-related things were destroyed when my childhood home was torn down in 1994, so seeing all this was amazing. Thanks for the memories, Per! Here you have a few of Per’s posters which also happened to hang on my walls 30 years ago!