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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)
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Mike Watt - "History Lesson, Pt. 2"
Mike Watt of the Minutemen tells the story of the song that became an Indie Rock touchstone. It's also the story of what Mike calls "The Movement."
Supertramp founder Roger Hodgson
Roger tells the stories behind some of his biggest hits, including "Give a Little Bit," "Take the Long Way Home" and "The Logical Song."