Christmas Music Playlists with Slade Songs
Christmas Is A Time For Santa, His Reindeers and Noddy
Factfile - Slade
- Merry Xmas Everybody was a UK Christmas number 1 in 1973 and has gone on to sell more than 1.2 million copies in the UK alone. It was recorded at the famous Record Plant recording studio in New York.
- Noddy Holder: "It was a steaming hot day. To get the sound we wanted we did some recording from the corridor and we were singing 'Merry Xmas Everybody' in the middle of a sweltering summer. The Americans hanging about were staring at us and thinking 'Mad Englishmen'..."
- Jimmy Lea: "John Lennon was doing his 'Mind Games' album there at the same time, so I was using the same piano that Lennon was...".
Slade were always primed to do well in the Christmas market, even before ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ came out, given that their lead singer Noddy Holder was the closest thing that we’ve ever gotten to a Santa Claus (although there are touches of the Leprechaun in his facial growth) in the music business. His voice may have been a little bit shoutier than his soft spoken equivalent in the North Pole but 1973’s ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ wouldn’t be the same without Holder’s throaty dispatches. And that song is where most people start and stop when it comes to Slade’s contribution to Christmas. Not surprising given its impact through the decades as no Christmas party would seem complete without immortal lines such as ‘Are you hanging up a stocking on your wall?’ which generally lead to everybody having fun as prophesised by the band.
‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ has enjoyed multiple re-releases, including a 1980 appearance on a Slade EP called the ‘Xmas Ear Bender’ and although none have eclipsed the feverish excitement created when it went to Number 1 in 1973 it still sells handsomely. In 1998 a dance remix of ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ called Slade Vs Flush proved to be quite a risk worth taking as it pitted some Balearic beats against a backdrop of the best glam rock had to offer.
1985 would see the release of Slade’s only Christmas album. ‘Crackers: The Christmas Party Album’ which was a cut and paste affair with the Wolverhampton band reworking some of their own hits (like ‘Cum on Feel The Noize’ , ‘Get Down and Get With It’ and ‘We’ll Bring The House Down’) as well recording a grab bag of covers including the likes of ‘Do They Know Its Christmas’, ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’ and ‘Auld Lang Syne’. It was certainly a fun record but it went on to disenfranchise many of Slade’s traditional fan base (and after hearing ‘Okey Cokey’ who could blame them). The album’s only original song ‘Do You Believe In Miracles’ was released as its main single and proved once again that Slade had lost none of their skills at knocking out sing along anthems.
Are you hanging up a stocking on your wal? It's the time that every santa has a ball, Does he ride a red-nose reindeer? Does a ton-up on his sleigh, Do the fairies keep him sober for a day?
Slade, Merry Xmas Everybody
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