15 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

By the time Slade released their second studio album, Slayed?, in 1972, their poppy glam-rumble scene was set. It later became a hell of an argument to say that bands such as The Runaways, The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, and even Cheap Trick would’ve happened if this band hadn’t. The album’s tormented Chuck Berry riffs, boogie-woogie stomp, (purposely) facile chant-choruses, and the wonderfully throaty tenor from singer Noddy Holder show a band all but inventing the classic template of working-class kids creating an international rumpus. Just think how many bands covered Slade’s classic glitter preener “Mama Weer All Crazee Now” (The Runaways, for example, recorded it years before Quiet Riot’s charting version), or how their big guitars laid glorious waste to Janis Joplin’s “Move Over,” or how you think you haven’t heard the boot-boy rebel rouser “Gudbuy T’Jane” until you do, and say, “oh, I absolutely dig this song.” The U.K. music weekly NME wasn’t kidding when it called Slayed? one of the greatest rock ’n’ roll releases of all time.

EDITORS’ NOTES

By the time Slade released their second studio album, Slayed?, in 1972, their poppy glam-rumble scene was set. It later became a hell of an argument to say that bands such as The Runaways, The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, and even Cheap Trick would’ve happened if this band hadn’t. The album’s tormented Chuck Berry riffs, boogie-woogie stomp, (purposely) facile chant-choruses, and the wonderfully throaty tenor from singer Noddy Holder show a band all but inventing the classic template of working-class kids creating an international rumpus. Just think how many bands covered Slade’s classic glitter preener “Mama Weer All Crazee Now” (The Runaways, for example, recorded it years before Quiet Riot’s charting version), or how their big guitars laid glorious waste to Janis Joplin’s “Move Over,” or how you think you haven’t heard the boot-boy rebel rouser “Gudbuy T’Jane” until you do, and say, “oh, I absolutely dig this song.” The U.K. music weekly NME wasn’t kidding when it called Slayed? one of the greatest rock ’n’ roll releases of all time.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

God of Thunder ,

GREAT album

I really don't understand why Slade wasn't popular in America. They were HUGE in England, and this album shows why. This is truly one of the best rock and roll albums of all time. "Mama Weer All Crazy Now" and "Gudbuy T' Jane" were top hits in England and deservedly so. There are plenty of other great songs on this album, too. "The Whole World's Goin' Crazee" should've been as big a hit as the singles. "How D' you ride" had hit potential too IMO. "Look at Last night" and "I Don't Mind" aren't songs that would strike you as huge radio hits, but they are great songs non-theless.

This whole album is great music that fires you up with great song after great song. The weakest songs are the cover songs, which are decent but not great, and the bonus tracks (wiith the exception of "My Life is Natural." that's one's pretty good). but the rest of the album rocks!

rocka rolla 123 ,

Go Slade!

oh yeah slade has arrived and im feelin it! I love slade

carlysle ,

Stands the test of time

I bought this album when it first came out forty three years ago, I don't even remember why. But I fell in love with it and I still love it now. The crazy, crunching guitars, the foot stomping (literally) rhythms, Noddy Holder's insane vocals, and those songs. Those wonderful, so simple they're complex songs. This is the total package, and this band did not get the fate they deserved. In a perfect world this would be recognized universally as one of the top rock 'n' roll albums of all times. "Splayed?" will never fade away. Great music from a top notch band.

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