Slade – My Oh My

Bit of an odd one this. Mum bought it for me for my birthday in December 1983.

Of course with colossal hits like Merry Xmas Everybody, Skweeze me Pleeze me, Come on Feel the Noise, Mama Weer All Krazee Now, Gudbuy T’Jane, Take Me Back ‘Ome – I could go on – Slade were bona fide 70s pop royalty.

However, this track represented a commercial comeback of sorts. Making number 2 and spending 5 weeks in the top 10, it was the band’s best selling single since 1976’s Let’s Call it Quits which had stalled just shy of the top ten in the UK singes chart and 1981’s We’ll Bring the House Down which made number 10.

My Oh My would have reached number one, if it hadn’t have been for an a cappella version of a certain Yazoo track.

Slade had been off target with a number of their releases in the late 70s. They had also been off, over the pond, trying to crack the fabled US market – without much noticeable success.

To my ear and musical sensibility, it is a sister song to Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart. Written by Meat Loaf collaborator Jim Steinman it was, of course, over blown nonsense (meant in the best possible way!) –  a vibe shared with My Oh My.

 

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.