Emanating the sound of 70’s glam rock, the quartet from Wolverhampton reportedly inspired the likes of Nirvana, Kiss, Oasis and The Clash. Slade’s career has been turbulent at times, but the group has managed to sustain its presence in British music for almost 50 years, releasing over 30 albums and a number of chart-topping hits.
The original lineup included Don Powell, Dave Hill, Noddy Holder and Jim Lea. Together the band sold more singles than any other band in their first decade, with the infamous hit, ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ selling in excess of one million copies worldwide. The song was so popular that it was revived in 2007 due to downloaded tracks contributing to official chart rankings, and has appeared there every year since. After a failed attempt to spread their music across waters, Slade returned to the UK and found success in replacing Ozzy Osbourne at Reading Festival in 1980, however split up in the early 90s.
Powell and Hill regrouped in 1992 with three other members, forming Slade II (later shortened back to Slade). They released new music and greatest hits compilations, continuing to score places in the charts. Despite many changes, the sound of Slade has been embedded in British music, combining progressive and glam rock, heavy metal and pop rock, while taking inspiration themselves from blues and contemporary rock artists.