Tuesday, January 21, 2014

40 Year Itch : One Little Wave


On January 21st, Slade announced its new album, Old, New Borrowed and Blue had gone gold...18 days before it was even released. Advanced orders for copies had earned the band $375,000. It had been nearly two years since Slayed?, the band's last studio effort,  and the first single from the album,  "My Friend Stan",  had already peaked in the UK at #2 , so anticipation was at a boiling point among fans of Glam's loudest rock band. At least those who hadn't tired of the ominipresent "Merry Xmas Everybody".

There were plenty of loud stadium-worthy anthem rockers on the album but the UK chart topping Old, New Borrowed and Blue also showed a few other sides of Slade. There's a honky tonk piano in "Find Yourself a Rainbow", some acoustic guitars in a country rock vein on "How Can It Be" , and a  remarkable piano ballad called "Everyday", which would be released as a single at the end of March and peak at #3 on the UK singles chart.

Retitled Stomp Your Hands, Clap Your Feet, the album did little business in the US. Later in the year Slade would begin production on a movie called  Slade In Flame. Then the band would move to the US and nearly vanish from the public eye as quickly as they had captured it.

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