Slade - Get Yer Boots On: The Best of Slade
Review by Matt Robinson
of the world unite! Your overlords are here again!
Back in the days when the music mattered most, the Wolverhampton, England
quartet known as Slade combined the theatricality of Bowie, the musicality
of McCartney and Lennon, and the power of Bonham/Page/Jones with their own
unique stage presence and sense of fashion (fashion?). Now, through the
magic of compilation, Slade is back, sounding as rough and ready as ever!
In addition to their better known (thanks to Quiet Riot) hits “Cum On Feel
the Noize” and “Mama Weer All Crazee Now,” this album contains both
lesser-known and brighter-shining gems. From the dance hall revival of
“Get Down and Get With It,” the Skiffly bounce of “My Friend Stan,” and
the chorused carol “Merry Xmas Everybody” to the balls out Rawk of “Run
Runaway” and the lighters out balladry of “My Oh My,” the band sounds as
diverse and driven as they were in their heyday. So even though mirrored
hats and space suits may no longer be the way for serious rock bands,
there are still few bands more serious about their rock than Slade.
- Matthew S. Robinson
c. 2004, M. S. Robinson, ARR