By Ian Edmundson and Chris Selby
Independently published (Paperback)
By Ken Sharp
Back in the early ’70s, riding the wave of the England’s glam rock/glitter rock movement, Slade delivered a supersonic knockout punch of fist waving anthems that helped transform them into superstars in the U.K. and other territories. While Slade is best remembered for their trademark foot stomping stadium-sized rockers like “Mama Weer All Crazee Now,” “Cum On Feel the Noize,” “Gudbuy T’ Jane,” “Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me” and “Take Me Back ‘Ome,” the band’s versatility was evidenced by their ability to come up with a batch of consummately melodic jewels like the tour de force “How Does It Feel,” “Far Far Away,” “Everyday” and “Nobody’s Fool.”
A superb new book, The Noize: The Slade Discography, penned by Ian Edmundson and Chris Selby, is a long awaited chronicle of the band’s releases. What makes this more essential than a dry trainspotting guide to their robust catalog is the painstaking detail supplied by the authors about each release, from their first hit “Coz I Luv You” to latter day smashes “”Run Runaway.” Beyond the meticulously curated discography details, each entry is crammed with information, description of the songs, relevant quotes from band members, reviews and more. Generously filled with hundreds of images of the band’s various releases, The Noize is a long overdue tome exhaustively examining the band’s rich and varied recording career.
An essential book for any Slade fan.