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This review is from: Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
Slade were one of the heaviest glam rock bands of the 70's, but never the coolest. They looked like your dad and his friends dressed up after getting drunk at Christmas, and they obviously didn't know a good hairdresser! OK, so they didn't manage to understand how to put the glam image together, but they understood how to make the best glam music.
This is a fantastic collection of their early material, from the catchy 'Cos I Love You' through all their big number ones like the very loud 'Mamma We're All Crazy Now'. I'm not too sure about some of the mid 80's stuff as they never really managed to capture the early success again (hence taking one star off), but the early stuff really makes up for it. OK, let's say 4.5 stars, because none of the songs are that bad. The track order is chronological, but the best thing is that they have put 'Merry Xmas Everybody' at the end so that you can stop the CD if you're not in a Christmas mood. There's nothing worse than a Christmas song popping up half way through a CD!
They were the first band to get songs going straight in to number one since the Beatles, and this wasn't repeated until the advent of the Jam some years later. It might not seem a big thing now with manufactured bollocks going straight in to number one on the back of some crappy TV show, but it's easy to forget that you had to sell about 10 times as many singles back then to get a number one.
I completely forgive the bad clothes and bad haircuts every time I hear these songs again though!