"Coz I Luv You" was written by lead singer Noddy Holder and bassist Jim Lea and produced by Chas Chandler. The single was released via Polydor Record Label on 30th October 1971. This single reached number 1 on the U.K. chart, it was the band's 2nd hit single in the U.K. and the 1st of 6 number 1 singles they achieved on the U.K. chart. According to Noddy Holders autobiography the single sold half a million copies in only 2 weeks. The song was typical of Slade's brash, stomping glam style and prominently featured Jim Leas electric violin. It quickly reached number 1 on the U.K. singles chart, the single was number 1 for 4 weeks and stayed at number 3 for a further 3 weeks after that. "Coz I Luv You" was issued as a non album single.
Typical of Slade's brash, stomping glam style, it prominently featured Jim Leas electric violin and quickly reached number 1 on the U.K. singles chart. Originally, the 1st week of being released, the single hit number 26, followed by number 8 the next week and number 1 the following after. Originally, manager / producer Chas Chandler had put the band under pressure to write their own song for a follow up single to their 1st hit "Get Down And Get With It". Jim Lea turned up at Noddy Holders home unexpectedly with his guitar and violin with an idea for a song with a Django Reinhardt / Stephan Grapelli hot club sound. The track was written in half an hour. This began the writing partnership of Noddy Holder and Jim Lea which would carry on throughout Slade's career. Originally the band felt the song to be too soft and so clapping was added to the recording. The misspelt titles also became a trademark for Slade, causing a great rage among teachers up and down the country. In a November 1980 Sounds magazine interview, Jim Lea spoke of the song. "I didn't even like some of those old ones. We all hated "Gudbuy T' Jane" when we made it, it was knocked up in half an hour at the end of one of our studio sessions. The same for our 2nd single, "Coz I Luv You". It was namby pamby to us, a throwaway for an album. It shot to number 1 in 2 weeks and we thought, 'What a pile of shit!' It was so wet." In a December 1984 interview with Record Mirror, the magazine tested Jim Leas memory by asking him to recall the story behind certain hits. For "Coz I Luv You", Jim Lea stated "That was the time when I wrote mainly with Dave Hill and Don Powell wrote with Noddy Holder. Noddy Holder and I were really into Stephan Grappelli and Django Reinhardt, the violin and stuff, so 1 afternoon I went over to Noddy Holders on his council estate where he lived with his mum and dad and I said 'hey Noddy Holder, why don't we write a song?'. I took my violin with me and said why don't we do a Stephan Grappelli thing. 'Hot Love' was in the charts at the time by Marc Bolan, and I said something like that, dead simple and we wrote the song in half an hour. We got the structure of the tune and Noddy Holder just filled in the gaps. That's the only song we've ever written like that." Ritchie Blackmore spoke of the song in an interview whilst listening to the song, having to guess what it was. "Is this the MM staff band? I think I recognise it now the guitarist is speeding up. The song isn't bad. I like the violin. It's very course, but the guitar needs speeding up a lot. It can't be East of Eden, and it's certainly not Family. Slade, yes? They are a good group because the don't care about the notes and there is a public wanting that. Another group might be too inhibited to do what they do."
"Coz I Luv You" was released via Polydor record label on 30th October 1971. And was the band's 2nd top 20 single in a row. The single was originally released on 7" vinyl. For the Spanish edition of the single, the 1970 single "Know Who You Are" was used as the b - side, from their "Play It Loud" album. The Israeli version of the single featured the band's 1971 U.K. hit "Get Down And Get With It" as the b - side. In an August 1972 interview for Sounds magazine, Dave Hill stated ""Coz I Luv You" was a different kind of song, I thought that was the perfect simple song that made number 1 so easy, you know?" All original versions of the single incorrectly wrote Jim Leas writing credit name as Lee. The American promotional single titles the song as "Coz I Love You" and incorrectly names Chas Chandler as Charles Chandler. The song was later used in the film 'Velvet Goldmine' and in an advert for the Ford Transit van. More recently the song was used in the casting of BBC drama, 'Life On Mars'. The song plays on series 2, episode 4 as a group of swingers in middle class suburbia dine at a wife swapping party. The song also features in the film 'El Lobo', a political thriller revolving around the Spanish terrorist group ETA.
"Coz I Luv You" was originally released on 7" vinyl.
Record Mirror magazine reviewed the single upon release, "Written by Slade men Noddy Holder and Jim Lea, this is a natural born successor to "Get Down And Get With It". As they've been riot raising round the British Isles of late, I've no doubt that this staccato building production will make it. And make it big. Touches of violin, yet, a sturdy foot pounding sort of build up. Less frantic than of yore, but a really persistent ear bender." NME magazine released a review of the single upon release which incorrectly defined the release as a double a - side single. "A good follow up to the recent hit by Slade, and 1 which could give the outfit its 2nd successive chart entry. It's a rousing hard hitting number, generating bags of electricity and urgency, but nevertheless blessed with a strong melody line and a chorus with which it's easy to join in. The flip is more progressive and is something of a rave up with, I imagine, more limited appeal. All the same, a meaty set from Slade and a tight production."
The song had no promotional video created but the song was performed on numerous TV shows, both in the U.K. and throughout Europe. Another form of promotion was the band's live performances. The song was performed on the U.K. show Top of the Pops, whilst the song was included as part of the band's 'Set Of Six' performance on U.K. Granada Television in 1972 featured a similar set to their "Slade Alive!" album. The song was performed on the Belgian TV show Popshop in 1971, the German TV shows Disco and Beat Club, both in 1971, and both the Dutch show Popgala and an unknown European show in 1973. In 1977, the band performed the song on East German TV where the group also mimed several other previous hits, as well as each member being interviewed.
"Coz I Luv You" reached number 1 on the U.K. chart.
Track listing - 7" U.K. Single
A1. Coz I Luv You (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 3:24
B1. My Life Is Natural (Noddy Holder) - 3:12
Coz I Luv You
"Coz I Luv You" written by Holder and Lea, was originally released via Polydor Record Label on 30th October 1971 and reached number 1 on the U.K. chart. This being the bands 1st U.K. number 1. Typical of Slade's brash, stomping glam style, it prominently featured Leas electric violin and quickly reached number 1 in the U.K. singles chart, where it stayed there for 4 weeks in November 1971 this is a non album single. Originally, the 1st week of being released, the single hit number 26, followed by number 8 the next week and number 1 the following after. The single was number 1 for 4 weeks in a row and stayed at number 3 for the following 3 weeks after. The track was written in half an hour. This began the writing partnership of Holder and Lea which would carry on throughout Slade's career. Originally the band felt the song to be too soft and so clapping was added to the recording. The misspelt titles also became a trademark for Slade, causing a great dislike among teachers up and down the country.
This single was issued as a non album single.
My Life Is Natural
"My Life Is Natural" written by Holder, this was the b - side to Slades original single "Coz I Luv You". It appeared all versions of the European and Japanese Polydor Record Label compilation "Coz I Luv You", which was not released in the U.K., whilst also appearing on the 1972 German Polydor compilation "The Best Of Slade".
Dave Hill - bass guitar, lead guitar and backing vocals
Noddy Holder - lead vocals, guitar
Jim Lea - electric violin, bass guitar and backing vocals
Don Powell - drums
Chas Chandler - Producer