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Cum on, Feel the Noize: The Story of "Slade"

 

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Noddy Holder

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This review is from: Noddy Holder--Who's Crazee Now: My Autobiography (Hardcover)
Rewind, a few decades or so... One of my great (pop music) regrets was never being able to attend an Elvis concert, when he got started, or a Beatles concert when they came to America. I recovered from these small losses and went on to lead a normal life. Well, almost normal.

MY GREATEST ALL-TIME REGRET, however, HANDS DOWN, BAR NONE, was never being able to attend a live Slade concert--when the house was rocking and when the fans were tearing the place down. I have seen Slade perform live twice, as opening acts for Golden Earring and Ozzie Osbourne, both times in San Francisco, and both times, sadly, the crowds were deader than air in a dead man's lungs. For someone like myself, an American living in a part of America where concert goers were unmoved by Slade, with me being just about the only person in the audience who loved Slade and who wanted to jump out of his skin and get down and get with it while the boyz who made noize were performing on stage, well, it was one of those epithany moments in life: you cannot belive you are actually there, and at the same time, you cannot believe the people around you are not also sharing the same epithany moment as you are. It is exactly this kind of moment that can truly shake-up, dumbfound, scar a person for life, leaving him to forever wonder... "Why?" Fast-forward to the present.

It has always bothered me that Slade was one of the three greatest recording AND live performance rock bands to ever come out of the United Kingdom, yet, unlike the Fab Four and The Rolling Stones, Slade never made a nation-wide impact in the USA like the other two bands did. For years, consciously and subconsciously, not really knowing why this amazing band did not click stateside, has tormented me. Until now.

If Noddy Holder's biography, WHO'S CRAZEE NOW?, answers one question, the question above is mostly answered by Holder with the rest of it answered by the reader's own mind assimilating the facts that Noddy lays out and filling in the details. It's like finding out who really was buried in King Tut's tomb, even though you probably knew all along it was Tut. Just hearing, or reading, about Slade in Noddy's own, delightful, cheerful, insightful, poetic, and never-with-a-bitter-pill-to-swallow words, ties up the loose ends about why Slade was so big over THERE but not over HERE, and puts the question to rest. Of course, the rest (and most) of the book--about Noddy's and the band's beginnings through it's endings, its tough early and later decisions, its creativeness and pure genius, and what's happening with the band members up to the present, tells the inside story of Slade, puts meat and flesh on the bones of the characters that were Slade, deepens your love for Slade, and leaves you thirsting for an encore--in whatever form it takes. ...


Slade - Hämmästyttävä rock´n´roll syndrooma

 

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Slade on bändi, joka saavutti 70-luvulla jopa sellaisen suosion, että jotkut alkoivat puhua yhtyeestä uuden vuosikymmenen Beatlesina. Olihan ensin mainittu legenda hajonnut juuri vuosikymmenen vaihteessa ja media etsi kuumeisesti sille jatkajaa. 70-luvusta ja hurjasta Slade-maniasta puhuttaessa ei nimitys olisi voinut juuri Wolverhamptonin pikkukaupungin ylpeydelle sen osuvampi ollakaan!

Bändi parodioi erinomaisella huumorintajullaan kultavuosinaan glam-imagoa jopa siinä määrin, että se nykyäänkin kategorioidaan kyseisen tyylilajin alle. Se oli kuitenkin hyvinkin vakavasti otettava orkesteri. Ulkoinen habitus on vaihdellut vuosien saatossa useastikin mm. alkuaikojen hippimuodin, skinhead-imagon, jo mainittujen glam-vaikutteiden, perusjätkien ja gangsterityylisten asujen ym. välillä.

Yhtyeen musiikki tunnetaan ehkä pääasiallisesti todella rankasta bailaushenkisestä rockista. Oli se sitäkin, mutta ennen kaikkea nerokkaasti toteutettuja kappaleita, joita yhtyeen biisinteko-parivaljakko Jimmy Lea / Noddy Holder 70-luvulta lähtien väsäsivät. Vaikka 70-luvun alkupuoli ja myös osa 80-luvusta oli Sladen kulta-aikaa, he puursivat musiikin parissa todella tarmokkaasti jo hyvin aikaisin 60-luvulla.

Tässä kirjassa käydään läpi yhtyeen vaiherikas ura aivan alkujuurilta nykypäiviin. Kirjan liitteenä on bändin kattava diskografia!

Kirj. J. Perttunen & K. Väistö. Julk. 12/04, 212 s., nid.

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