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Cum On Feel The Noise

by

Slade



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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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Comments (11):

John of NC, I bet you heard the a Quiet Riot version first, right? I understand that the first version of a song you hear and get used to will probably become your favourite version. I twas aware of Joe Cocker's Feelin' Alright and With A Little Help....long before I heard the originals and prefer Cocker's takes both times. However, on this occasion I must ask you to reconsider. Quiet Riot offered a watered down, limp version of COFTN which lacked the aggression and authentically dirty ass working class power which Slade could deliver in their sleep. Jim Lea is a masterful bass player, Dave and Don average performers but NOBODY in the history of rock has/had a voice like Noddy's. He could strip paint at a hundred yards with his roar. He made my rib age shake at concerts many times. Not only this, Noddy's intonation and humour were unique and, in my opinion, cannot be copied; and certainly not by a third rate bunch of 80s wannabes like Quiet Riot.
- David, Hawarden, United Kingdom
On March 3rd 1973, "Cum On Feel The Noize" by Slade peaked at #1 (for 4 weeks) on the United Kingdom's Singles chart...
In the U.S.A. on May 20th, 1973 the song entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart for a two stay; peaking at #98...
The British quartet had three other records make the U.S. Top 100; "Take Me Bak 'Ome" #97), "Mama Weer All Crazee Now" (#76), and "Gudbuy T' Jane" (#68)...
But in their native U.K. between 1971 and 2013 they had thirty-eight charted hits; with six of them reaching #1.
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
what escapes many people - not least makers of "70s music documentaries" who give slade very little space - is that this was the first "straight in at no 1" single in the UK since the Beatles. Slade then repeated this with their next song, "Squeeze me Pleeze me" and with the one two after that: "Merry Xmas Everybode". Their string of hits was an outstanding achievement by any yardstick. Their songs were also perfect combinations of humour, mischief, danceability, energy, and in fact, musicailty.. They were inspired by Chuck Berry among others, and it shows.
- Richard, London, United Kingdom
Get you head read, John. Quiet Riot was a vastly inferior band to Slade. This is more than opinion, compare the number of hits each band had.
- Percy, Melbourne, Australia
cum on feel the noise is a great song it is even better when they proformed it live
- allen, seside heights, NJ
1. It's Gudbuy T'Jane
2. It's "Better Wi'Nowt Taken Out"
- Luke, Manchester, England
A very good rock and roll song or anthem by Slade. They rock it! Quiet Riot were okay. But Slade was better. Hell' if it hadn't been for the success Quiet Riot got from covering Slade. Then what else could they have done to boost their career.
- wayne, Salem, VA
Slade! Great band. Noddy Holder is like the Hovis man, a staple: better we nowt taken owt. Old Noddy sideburns could belt them out, 'Goodbye to Jane' being my ultimate Slade track. Lines from their songs, 'saw you woz your own, I didn't stay round to say goodnight, and it's all right, it's all right....I don't want to drink my whisky but still do...so you think I've got an evil mind, well, you should know better...' Goodbye to Jane has one of the best guitar intros of all time. Cheap as chips, the poor man's Led Zep. Maybe they even invented text sms english in their song titles, long before mobile cell phones were even thought of, lad.
- kenny, clydebank, Scotland
Ive actually never heard this original song before. I always thought that Quiet Riot did this first. Slade always misspelled their song titles! Such rebels!
- Max, Laconia, NH
Yes indeed, John, yes indeed.
- Shelby, Idiotville , KY
One of the few songs in which the cover is better than the original.
- John, Hendersonville, NC
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