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Everyday
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By the time Slade released ‘Everyday’ in March 1974, they were the biggest pop phenomenon the UK had seen since The Beatles a decade before.  But ‘Everyday’ broke with the Midland band’s tradition of foot-stomping, dancefloor-breaking hits. Although 1973 had seen them become the first group ever to have three singles enter the
Slade
Song facts
Composer Noddy Holder/Jim Lea
Genre Rock
Album Stomp Your Hands, Clap Your Feet
Released 1974
UK Chart 3
charts at #1 (‘Cum On Feel The Noize’, ‘Skweeze Me, Pleaze Me’ and the hardy perennial ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’), ‘Everyday’ was Slade’s first ballad - which may explain its relatively disappointing #3 chart position. As ever, the song came from Slade’s own Lennon & McCartney - bassist Jim Lea and rhythm guitarist/ singer Noddy Holder. From early on in Slade’s history it had been these two who fuelled the band’s success, but both knew that for the laddish, big-booted, Slade, releasing a ballad was a calculated risk. The song originated at a party at Jim Lea’s house. Asked how to write a hit song, he replied with the standard “Easy, anyone can do it”, and then sat down at the piano and - with a little help from his wife Louise - began the song which became ‘Everyday’. Holder then added the decidedly affectionate and most un-Slade-like lyrics. Although never one of Slade’s biggest hits, ‘Everyday’ soon became a fans’ favourite in concert, with its chorus regularly sung back to the band. It was a rare sentimental concession from the band who built their reputation on some of the best-loved rock’n’roll of the 1970s.



Noddy Holder talks about the early days
Noddy Holder and Dave Hill
They got their name after a secretary at one of their first labels came up with "Ambrose Slade" but no one could get it right so they shortened it to Slade.

 

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Noddy Holder and Dave Hill
 Slade gives an uncharacteristically gentle performance of Everyday. Not known for their ballads this is one of the numbers that allowed the band to show their thoughtful side.

...this song showed that they also had a subtle side too


Mike Ham


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