"Do You Believe In Miracles" was written by lead singer Noddy Holder and bassist Jim Lea and produced by John Punter the b - side was produced by Monty Babson. This single was released via RCA Record Label on 18th November 1985.
This single reached number 54 on the U.K. chart, spending 6 weeks on the chart. The single's earnings went to charity.
"Do You Believe In Miracles" appeared on their 1985 album "Crackers - The Christmas Party Album", released the same date as the single.
In the summer of 1985 Noddy Holder sat and watched Live Aid, amazed at what Bob Geldof was achieving with some rock ‘n’ roll, some organisation and a vision. He also remembered Slade’s earlier encounter with 'the man they called the mouth' during the band's unpopular late 1970s period, where Bob Geldof asked why the band carried on touring in such small venues. Noddy Holder recorded his feelings in the lyrics that became Slade’s Christmas charity single. A bigger hit would have generated more funds, but the record had its heart in the right place.
"Do You Believe In Miracles" was released via RCA Record Label on 18th November 1985.
Jim Lea was asked in a 1988 interview on the sales of the single. "Certainly a few thousand pounds have been paid over and I keep getting these very nice letters all the time saying 'Thank you very much, Mr Jim Lea'.”
For the September - December 1986 Slade fan club magazine, Jim Lea was interviewed with one question asking if Jim Lea was conscious of the long break between the last single "Do You Believe In Miracles" and the present. Jim Lea mentioned the "Do You Believe In Miracles" single by stating “"Do You Believe In Miracles" was played to death on the beeb. I really believed in that record. I didn’t like the sound of it on the radio though. I tried to combat that in my own way, but we’d reached the fourth mix of that single and by then I think everybody was past doing another mix. I was happy with the 1st mix because I knew it would have sounded good on the radio.”
"Do You Believe In Miracles" was originally released on 7" and 12" vinyl.
"Do You Believe In Miracles" was produced by John Punter whilst the b - side "My Oh My (Swing Version)" was produced by Monty Babson. The b -side "My Oh My (Swing Version)" was a reworking of the band's 1983 Christmas hit "My Oh My". The song was originally exclusive to the single, eventually being released on CD via the 2007 Salvo compilation "B - Sides" and the remaster of their album "Rogues Gallery'. For the 12" version of the single, an extra track was added, taken from their "Rogues Gallery" album, titled "Time To Rock". This track was produced by Jim Lea. The 12" version included an extended version of the a - side, in place of the original 7" version.
A special 12" vinyl Christmas pack was created which added 2 further tracks from their "Crackers - The Christmas Party Album". A cover of both 'Santa Claus Is Coming To Town' and "Auld Lang Syne / You'll Never Walk Alone". Both were produced by Jim Lea. A special double 7" vinyl gatefold was released with a similar track listing, minus "Time To Rock".
Whilst performing the song on U.K. TV, one man confronted Jim Lea, stating "That's a great song but it won't be a hit." Upon being asked why by Jim Lea, the man replied "It's too good."
The track was promoted by a music video as well as U.K. TV performances of the track being mimed. These performances were on TV shows Krankies, Razamatazz and Saturday Superstore. Another mimed TV performance was also filmed and broadcasted, although the show is unknown, possibly European but most likely a U.K. based show.
Don Powell spoke of the single in an early 1986 fan club interview, "It didn't do too well chartwise, but it had every radio play in the book really. I could never turn the radio on without hearing it played. We did quite a few T.V. shows to promote it but when we recorded them, when the record 1st came out all the T.V. shows centred around Christmas, so we missed out on the initial thing. If we'd have had those T.V.'s when the record was actually released, that would have helped a lot more. The radio play was incredible though, even Alan James, our plugger couldn't understand it. I'm not quite sure if the commercial stations picked up on the single too, but I would assume so. They normally follow the BBC. I think the Sheffield station, Radio Hallam and Liverpool commercial stations played it a lot."
In the same interview, Don Powell replied to the fact that the single was included on the "Crackers - The Christmas Party Album" before being released as a single, suggesting why the single only made number 54 on the U.K. chart "That could be a reason. Funnily enough, that was 1 of the bones of contention Telstar Record Label said that they wanted it on the album, whereas we didn't because that would mean that it would split the sales between the single and the album. I know that if I personally like someone's single, and it's going to be on their latest album, then I'll wait and buy the album."
Don Powell also stated that he was surprised that the re issue of "Merry Xmas Everybody" that year was more successful than this single. Don Powell asked "how far can that song go?"
Don Powell was questioned about the music video which shows a new drum kit used by Don Powell himself. Don Powell stated "I think that kit was hired by the video company, as there was problems getting my kit as it was packed away in the warehouse in Birmingham."
Slade’s last video of the 1980s, filmed by Phillip Davey who had filmed the video for Slade’s "All Join Hands", "7 Year Bitch", "Myzsterious Mizster Jones" and "Little Sheila". By 1986, Jim Lea himself had not even seen the finished version. The most he saw of the video were clips shown as he was interviewed by Gary Davies on the Sky Channel Cable T.V. programme. The video is constructed of 3 sequences which are slotted together. The 1st sequence was filmed in an attic with Noddy Holder dressed in a smoking jacket, peering through a telescope, plotting the course of Haley’s Comet. The attic has an ‘olde worlde’ appearance, complete with trunks of cast away junk, globes and the customary black cat strolling about.
The 2nd sequence is of the band playing the track live on stage to the backdrop of a white curtain that is being blown as if in a wind tunnel. The effects are highlighted by the band wearing black and white outfits and also the lighting being in black and white only. The 3rd sequence is of the band performing the song in front of a live audience. Slade are seen sitting on stage, all with acoustic guitars except Don Powell. They are surrounded by a mass of candles. All of the different images are intermingled together with a final shot of the band all together in the attic, Dave Hill with the black cat on his shoulder, seeing Haley’s Comet through the telescope.
"Do You Believe In Miracles" reached number 54 on the U.K. chart.
Track listing - 7" U.K. Single
A1. Do You Believe In Miracles (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 4:11
B1. My Oh My (Swing Version) (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 3:02
Do You Believe In Miracles
"Do You Believe In Miracles" written by Holder and Lea, this was originally released as a single by Slade via RCA Record Label on November 18th 1985 and reached number 54 on the U.K. chart.
The single's earnings went to charity. In the summer of 1985 Holder sat and watched Live Aid, amazed at what Bob Geldof was achieving with some rock ‘n’ roll, some organisation and a vision. He also remembered Slade’s earlier encounter with 'the man they called the mouth' during the band's unpopular late 1970s period, where Bob asked why the band carried on touring in such small venues. Holder recorded his feelings in the lyrics that became Slade’s Christmas charity single. A bigger hit would have generated more funds, but the record had its heart in the right place.
My Oh My (Swing Version)
"My Oh My (Swing Version)" written by Holder and Lea, this was the b - side to Slades original single "Do You Believe In Miracles". As noted on the back sleeve of the single, the song was performed by Slade with The Swing Collection, who were also known as The Monty Babson Big Band, whilst it was produced by Babson himself. The band decided to re recorded the song in swing style and the song featured the use of full brass backing.
Babson also did a 'swing version' of the band's 1984 hit "All Join Hands", which remains unreleased to date. In the same 1986 fan club interview, Holder mentioned "There is actually a 'swing version' of "All Join Hands", which I haven't put the vocal on yet."
Dave Hill - lead guitar, backing vocals
Noddy Holder - lead vocals, guitar
Jim Lea - bass guitar, synthesizer, backing vocals
Don Powell - drums
The Swing Collection - brass on "My Oh My (Swing Version)"
John Punter - producer on "Myzsterious Mizster Jones"
Jim Lea for Perseverance Ltd. - producer on "Mama Nature Is A Rocker"
The Clinic - sleeve Design and Illustration