I said Mama but weer all crazee now!Slade are a rock band from Wolverhampton, who rose to prominence during the glam rock era of the early 1970s. With 17 consecutive Top 20 hits and six number ones, the British Hit Singles & Albums names them as the most successful British group of the 1970s based on sales of singles. They were the first act to have three singles enter at number one, and all six of the band's chart-toppers were penned by Noddy Holder and Jim Lea. Actually want people to believe that they were the band that inspired Spinal Tap.
Tropes associated with Slade:
- Christmas Songs: Wrote one of the perennial classics.
- Fun with Homophones: The magnificent three-way pun on Slade/slayed/sleighed in last verse of "Merry Christmas Everybody".
- Also "Cum on Feel the Noize".
- Glam Rock: One of the most successful bands during it's heyday.
- Long Runner Line Up: The original lineup managed twenty three years. The current lineup has been together for nine.
- No Indoor Voice: Noddy Holder isn't nicknamed "The Foghorn" for nothing.
- Refrain from Assuming: It's "How Does It Feel?", not "Many Years From Now".
- Revolving Door Band: Between 1992 and 2005 the band went through half a dozen iterations before the lineup settled down again.
- Step Up to the Microphone: "Radio Wall of Sound" has bass player Jim Lea on lead vocals during the verses. Holder sings lead on the choruses.
- The Band Minus the Face: Holder left the band in 1992 and Lea retired from the band shortly afterwards. The band continues with Hill and Powell but have a lesser profile without their larger than life frontman.
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: A frequent gimmick in their early song titles.
- Reversed by the album title Slayed? which suggests that the band misspells its own name on purpose similarly to many of their songs.