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Slade was known as "Slade II" between 1992 and 1997.

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Slade (originally known as The N'Betweens and now Slade II) are an English glam rock band from Wolverhampton/Walsall. They rose to prominence during the early 1970s with 17 consecutive top 20 hits and six number ones. The British Hit Singles & Albums names them as the most successful British group of the 1970s based on sales of singles. They were the first act to achieve three singles enter at number one; all six of the band's chart-toppers were penned by Noddy Holder and Jim Lea. Total UK sales stand at 6,520,171, and their best-selling single, "Merry Xmas Everybody", has sold in excess of one million copies.

Following an unsuccessful move to the United States in 1975, Slade's popularity waned but was unexpectedly revived in 1980 when they were last minute replacements for Ozzy Osbourne at the Reading Rock Festival. The band later acknowledged this to have been one of the highlights of their career. The original line up split in 1992 but the band reformed the following year as Slade II. The band has continued, with a number of line-up changes, to the present day. They have now shortened the group name back to Slade.

A number of diverse artists have cited Slade as an influence, including alternative rock icons Nirvana and the Smashing Pumpkins, punk pioneers the Ramones, Sex Pistols, the Undertones, the Runaways and the Clash, glam metal bands Kiss, Mötley Crüe, Twisted Sister, Quiet Riot, Poison and Def Leppard and pop-rock stalwarts the Replacements, Cheap Trick and Oasis.

The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Music tells of Holder's powerful vocals, guitarist Dave Hill's equally arresting dress sense and the deliberate misspelling of their song titles for which they became well known.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1969 Beginnings 2
1970 Play It Loud 2
1972 Slayed? 3 4
1974 Old, New, Borrowed and Blue 3
1976 Nobody's Fools 3
1977 Whatever Happened to Slade 2
1981 Till Deaf Do Us Part 3
1981 We'll Bring the House Down 3
1983 The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome 5
1984 Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply 1
1984 Return to Base 2
1985 Rogues Gallery 6
1985 "Crackers" The Slade Christmas Party Album 1
1986 You Boyz Make Big Noize 1 4
2002 Cum on Let's Party! 1
Merry Xmas Everybody 1
We Are All Crazy 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1973 Sladest 4 4
1980 Slade Smashes 1
1984 Slade's Greats 1
1990 The Story of Slade, Volume One 1
1990 The Story of Slade, Volume Two 1
1991 Wall of Hits 3
1991 The Slade Collection 81–87 2
1997 Greatest Hits: Feel the Noize 1
2000 The Genesis of Slade 1
2001 The Party Album 2
2004 Get Yer Boots On: The Best of Slade 1
2005 The Very Best of Slade 4 1
2006 Beginnings / Play It Loud 1
2006 The Slade Box 1
2007 B-Sides 4 1
2007 Rockers: A Collection of Their Hardest - Hitting Tracks 1969-87 1
2008 The Collection 79–87 1
2008 Greatest Hits 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1972 Slade Alive! 2 3
1979 Slade Alive, Volume 2 1
1981 Slade on Stage 2
2006 Slade Alive! 1
2009 Live at the BBC 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title RatingReleases
1974 Slade in Flame 4


Year Title RatingReleases
1971 Coz I Luv You 1
1971 Get Down and Get With It 1
1972 Look Wot You Dun 1
1972 Tak Me Bak 'Ome / Wonderin' Y 1
1972 Mama Weer All Crazee Now 1
1973 Cum On Feel the Noize 1
1973 Merry Xmas Everybody 3
1973 Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me 1
1974 Far Far Away 3

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