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This is a Glam Rock classic. Slade performed loud, anthemic songs in flamboyant costumes, often with lots of makeup and plenty of energy. Glam Rock was big in the UK in the mid-'70s, and this was one of the genré's first hits. Slade also hit #1 with similarly misspelled songs "Coz I Luv You" and "Mama Weer All Crazee Now."
In 1983, this became a #5 US hit for Quiet Riot when it was released on their album Metal Health. The song was suggested by the producer to test the band's viability, since the original version was never a hit in the USA. Quiet Riot hated the song and decided to intentionally play it poorly so that it would be unreleaseable. The record producer however loved it, and the first take became the band's hit single. (thanks, Nick - tampa, FL)
Quiet Riot had been recording since 1975 without a hit. After finding success with this, they had a minor hit with their next single "Bang Your Head (Metal Health)" and recorded another Slade song, "Mama Weer All Crazee Now." After Metal Health, they never caught on and failed to enjoy the success of similar bands like Motley Crue and Poison. If you consider Quiet Riot to be Heavy Metal, then Metal Health was the first Heavy Metal album to hit #1.
Jim Lea and Noddy Holder of Slade wrote this song, and it was produced by Chas Chandler, who managed Jimi Hendrix before working with Slade. The song entered the UK charts at #1, becoming the first to do so since The Beatles "Get Back
" in 1969. It was Slade's fourth UK #1. (thanks, Donovan Berry - El Dorado, AR)
Charlie Benante of Anthrax
The drummer for Anthrax is also a key songwriter. He explains how the group puts their songs together and tells the stories behind some of their classics.
Collaborating with T Bone Burnett, Leslie Phillips changed her name and left her Christian label behind. Robert Plant, who recorded one of her songs on Raising Sand
, is a fan.
At 80 years old, Yoko has 10 #1 Dance hits. She discusses some of her songs and explains what inspired John Lennon's return to music in 1980.
Neal Smith - "I'm Eighteen"
With the band in danger of being dropped from their label, Alice Cooper drummer Neal Smith co-wrote the song that started their trek from horror show curiosity to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.