Slade – Run Runaway

Run Runaway was Slade’s follow up to their Christmas number 2 from the previous year.

If My Oh My was anthemic, then this was a more lively and, certainly, rockier effort. It featured some swirling, guitar based bagpipes – as made famous by Big Country. In fact, the track does nod to a Scottish hymn, There Is a Happy Land, which was written by schoolmaster Andrew Young.

Noddy Holder is clearly having a great time with the lyrics. With the rest of the band providing a cracking pace it is a wonderful piece of high octane fun.

Perhaps ‘of their time’ as much as, if not more than, any other band, this was Slade’s final foray into the top ten of the UK singles chart. Making number 7 in early Spring 1984, the track spent two of its ten weeks in the chart in the top ten. It is interesting to note that, finally, Slade had broken into the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100.

Say what you like about Slade, but they always knew how to perform and to deliver exactly what their audience wanted – 13 years of top ten singles pay ample testament to that.

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