Wednesday, March 6, 2013

40 Year Itch: 'Cum On Feel The Noize' Debuts at #1

"Unmistakeably Slade - a rousing, raucous, rocker that follows its predecessors with an instantly recognizable sound"
 -NME Magazine

For the first time since The Beatles did it with "Get Back" in 1969, Slade debuted a single at #1 in the UK.
In its first three weeks, "Cum On Feel The Noize" sold 500,000 copies.
As guitarist Dave Hill tells  the now defunct Slade FanClub website , it's a song about the Slade concert experience.

  "The song was based around audiences and things that were happening to us. They were just experiences. Obviously, when you are on the road, you are writing about being on the road, you're writing about what's going on."

Until 1983, the song failed to translate on US shores where Slade's "Cum on Feel the Noize" stalled at #9. Ten years later Quiet Riot recorded the song and took it to #5. Slade singer Nobby Holder talked to Kerang! Magazine about the Quiet Riot cover.

 "The first Slade knew about Quiet Riot was when they approached our publisher for permission to do 'Cum On Feel the Noize.' We agreed, never believing something like this would happen. In fact, the record was out for some while in the States before becoming a big hit, wasn't it? The really nice thing about the whole affair is that it proves how strong our songs are. After all 'Cum On Feel the Noize' is now ten years old, so it's obviously stood the test of time rather well! "

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