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With the season of wassailing now upon us, it’s time to join in with lead-lined hit Merry Xmas Everybody. But as a three-pronged celebration reminds us, there was more to Slade than their pogo-inducing festive fixture. Their raucous, grammatically challenged songs, including Coz I Luv You and Take Me Bak ’Ome, made them Britain’s biggest live band in ’73. And when he didn’t sound like he was gargling with shingle, mutton- chopped frontman Noddy Holder could nail a ballad, too (How Does It Feel was a spine-tingling high point).
Slade’s irresistible journey from bovver-boy beginnings to the vanguard of glam is told in a 1999 rockumentary (9pm); by way of the songs (9.50pm); and in Slade in Flame, their only cinema outing (10.50pm). A grimy, melancholy satire of the music industry, Flame was a world away from the traditional extended pop commercial. Not bad for four blokes who couldn’t spell.
Documentary first shown in 1999 about the band. During their career, the group, led by Noddy Holder, went from skinheads to mirror-hatted, platform shoe-wearing glam rockers, before finally re-emerging as hard rock heroes. Their six number-one singles in the 1970s included Cum on Feel the Noize, Mama Weer All Crazee Now and Merry Xmas Everybody, and they also sold more than 50 million records worldwide. Featuring contributions by band members Holder, Dave Hill, Jim Lea and Don Powell, as well as fans and friends such as Noel Gallagher, Ozzy Osbourne and Suzi Quatro. Narrated by Mark Radcliffe.
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