Slade - Merry Xmas Everybody: Party Hits

I’m sure there are some people reading this who are too young to appreciate the cultural significance and magnitude of the punk revolution in 1976. Not convinced that the Pistols really made all that much difference? Well here’s a little fact which might cause a bit of teeth sucking and prayers of thanks to dear old Johnny Rotten: between 1971 and 1974 Slade had eleven, ELEVEN top five singles in the UK.

Now, of course, we can look back on Slade with the fond affection that we reserve for novelty acts. Who, for instance, would refuse Aneka their last Rolo, or fail to offer their seat on the bus to genial Clive ‘Grandad’ Dunn? But back in the day, this is what people had to listen to day in, day out… lest we forget, people fought and died in order for you to enjoy your Nobby’s Nuts. To be fair to Noddy and the boys, they wrote 'Merry Xmas Everybody' in order to help cheer up the nation at a time of recession and deep depression and they are hoping that lightning will strike twice with this one.

So, what we’ve got here is a bit of a curate's egg featuring the best of Slade interspersed with a collection of Christmas classics and party favourites such as the ‘Oaky Coaky’ and ‘Let’s Dance’. If you can’t afford to hire a celebrity DJ like Diddy David Hamilton or Pete Murray for your festive family frolics then this CD is the perfect substitute, just fire up the radiogram and watch grannie go as she remembers the dance to ‘Gudbuy to Jane’. It is rumoured that Slade are just about keeping ahead of the competition with this release as the new year is set to deliver the Bay City Rollers’ Bah Mitzvah collection and the Darts’ Death in the Family double disc set. Buona Festa a tutti!

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