SLADE are an English rock band from Wolverhampton/Walsall. They rose to prominence during the glam rock era of the early 1970s with 17 consecutive top 20 hits and six number ones. The British Hit Singles & Albums names them as the most successful British group of the 1970s based on sales of singles. They were the first act to achieve three singles enter at number one; all six of the band's chart-toppers were penned by Noddy Holder and Jim Lea. Following an unsuccessful move to the United States in 1975, Slade's popularity waned but was unexpectedly revived in 1980 when they were last minute replacements for Ozzy Osbourne at the Reading Rock Festival. The band later acknowledged this to have been one of the highlights of their career. The original line up split in 1992 but the band reformed the following year and has continued, with a number of line-up changes, to the present day.
The original line-up (1969 - 1992): Noddy Holder (Vocals, Guitar, Bass Guitar), Dave Hill (Guitar, Vocals, Bass Guitar), Jim Lea (Bass Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards, Violin, Guitar), Don Powell (Drums, Percussion)
The current line-up (since 2005): Mal McNulty (Vocals,Guitar), Dave Hill (Guitar, Vocals), John Berry (Bass Guitar, Violin), Don Powell (Drums, Percussion)
A number of diverse artists have cited SLADE as an influence, including alternative rock icons Nirvana and the Smashing Pumpkins, punk pioneers the Ramones, Sex Pistols, the Undertones, the Runaways and the Clash, glam metal bands Kiss, Mötley Crüe, Twisted Sister, Quiet Riot, Poison and Def Leppard and pop-rock stalwarts the Replacements, Cheap Trick and Oasis.
Their wall of hits from 1971 until 1991 include: "Get Down And Get With It", "Coz I Luv You", "Take Me Bak 'Ome", "Mama Weer All Crazee Now", "Gudbuy T'Jane", "Cum On Feel The Noize", "Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me", "My Friend Stan", "Merry Xmas Everybody", "The Bangin' Man", "Far Far Away", and "My Oh My".
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