"All Join Hands" was written by lead singer Noddy Holder and bassist Jim Lea and was produced by John Punter the b - side was produced by Jimmy Lea for Perseverance Ltd. The single was released via RCA Record Label on 5th November 1984.
This single reached number 15 on the U.K. chart, spending 10 weeks on the chart. The single was aimed at the Christmas market and had a similar power ballad to Slade's previous 1983 hit "My Oh My".
"All Join Hands" appeared on their 1985 album "Rogues Gallery".
The track was recorded at Angel Studios and produced by John Punter. Another anthem with a nostalgic feel, featuring Jim Lea on double tracked piano, it heralded Slade's effective retirement from stage work. This single became Slade's last top 20 hit on the U.K. chart.
The b - side "Here's To..." was originally an exclusive b - side to this single, produced by Jim Lea, before appearing as an album track on their 1985 album "Crackers – The Christmas Party Album". A special Christmas edition of the 12" single was released, adding 2 bonus tracks, Slade's 1983 Christmas hit "My Oh My" and a live version of the 1973 Christmas hit "Merry Xmas Everybody" titled "Merry Xmas Everybody (Live & Kickin')".
Some versions of the single featured an inside leaflet titled 'Read The Wordz' which was a mail order form to get a copy of Slade's biography titled "Feel The Noize!", written by Chris Charlesworth. On the other side of the leaflet, another mail order was present, this time for a limited edition t - shirt with the "All Join Hands" single cover pictured on the front in colour. The main text stated "An exclusive offer for Christmas, the ideal Christmas present for those people who count. A limited edition of t - shirts with the "All Join Hands" single cover on the front in full colour and a Christmas message from the band on the back. Send today, don't delay."
"All Join Hands" was released via RCA Record Label on 5th November 1984.
In a December 1984 interview with Record Mirror, the magazine tested Lea's memory by asking him to recall the story behind certain hits. For "All Join Hands", Lea stated "It's another anthem. I come up with these on my way down to the chip shop. It just popped into my head while I was walking down the street. I don't have to sit down at a piano or lock myself in a cottage somewhere. I've got all the tunes in my head but Nod's my bounce, my partner. We could write over the phone by now."
"All Join Hands" was originally released on 7" vinyl and 12" vinyl.
A special Christmas edition of the 12" single was released, adding 2 bonus tracks, Slade's 1983 Christmas hit "My Oh My" and a live version of the 1973 Christmas hit "Merry Xmas Everybody" titled "Merry Xmas Everybody (Live & Kickin')".
Aside from the promotional video which featured John Otway, the track was mimed on numerous U.K. TV shows including Top of the Pops, Razamatazz and Saturday Superstore. On a certain Top of the Pops performance, Noddy Holder would wave 2 paper cut out hands on sticks past half way into the performance. Both Jim Lea and Dave Hill had paper cut out hands stuck to their guitars.
The band would perform the song in December 1984, on the show Thommys Pop Show, a German Television show from ZDF. The band also performed the 1981 German only single "Rock And Roll Preacher (Hallelujah I'm On Fire)" on the show as the 1st track, followed by "All Join Hands". Another performance of the song was on an unknown German TV pop show in 1985, where the band also performed the single "7 Year Bitch"
The video for this single was a Phillip Davey production at the Ewert Studios in London. The opening shots depict a 3 o’clock piano concerto in a posh hall watched by a small seated audience of music lovers in dinner jackets and evening dresses. The doors to the hall are pushed open and in sways a slightly tipsy looking Noddy Holder. Horror is shown on the faces of the audience. At the same time, Jim Lea pushes the pianist from his seat and takes over. Noddy Holder is now in front of the audience singing "All Join Hands" his cheeky manner is seen to win over the ladies of the audience, who now quietly giggle. Next Dave Hill appears and plays the guitar break whilst kneeling on top of the grand piano. The back of the stage lights up with Slade’s lighting rig and Don Powell is seen bashing away at the drums. Thus the small piano concerto transforms into a Slade gig. The audience are won over, they sway from side to side with feather boas held high in the air. Eventually they rush the stage after pulling off their evening wear, revealing Slade t - shirts.
Interestingly, the actual pianist used in the video was John Otway of Otway & Wild Willy Barrett 'Really Free' fame. Jim Lea didn’t know this himself until he heard from a friend that Otway had announced he’d played piano in a Slade video.
Since the video's release, the ending of the video has not been seen after the original broadcasting. This is due to unofficial copies of the video available being taken from the 1986 Slade documentary 'Perserverance' by British presenter Gaz Top, where the video was shown fully except for the ending which was slightly cut.
"All Join Hands" reached number 15 on the U.K. chart.
Track listing - 7" U.K. Single
A1. All Join Hands (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 4:15
B1. Here's To... (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 3:12
All Join Hands
"All Join Hands" written by Holder and Lea, this was originally released as a single by Slade via RCA Record Label on 5th November 1984 and reached number 15 on the U.K. chart.
Another anthem with a nostalgic feel, it heralded Slade's effective retirement from stage work. This was Slade's last single in 1984 and their last top 20 U.K. hit.
"Here's To..." written by Holder and Lea, this was the b - side to Slades original single "All Join Hands".
This is a reworking of the band's 1975 hit "Thanks For The Memory" but changed to fit into a festive based track.
This track also featured on Slade's festive album "Crackers – The Christmas Party Album".
Dave Hill - lead guitar, backing vocals
Noddy Holder - lead vocals, guitar
Jim Lea - bass guitar, piano, synthesizer, backing vocals
Don Powell - drums
John Punter - producer on "All Join Hands"
Jim Lea for Perseverance Ltd. - producer on "Here's To..."
Tony McConnell - photography
East St. - design and Art
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