"Ginny, Ginny" was written by lead singer Noddy Holder and bassist Jim Lea and was produced by the band themselves. The single was released via Barn Record Label on 18th May 1979. This single failed to appear on the U.K. chart. "Ginny, Ginny" appeared on their 1979 album "Return To Base".
The single was issued on a yellow vinyl in hope of interesting extra music buyers, also released on black vinyl which are much rarer to obtain. It was the 1st Slade single to be issued in a different colour to black on vinyl. Barn record label only pressed a total 3,500 copies of the single, virtually guaranteeing its failure to enter the charts. Even the single that preceded it, "Sign Of The Times" failed to chart and most copies which were left were melted down, making both singles rare today. The track was originally named "Jeanie", "Jeanie, Jeanie" and "Ginny Come and Get It While You Can" before finally being titled "Ginny, Ginny".
"Ginny, Ginny" was released via Barn Record Label on 18th May 1979. In the July – August 1979 Slade fan club magazine, 1 fan had their feelings of the single published. "Slade have done it again! Although "Ginny, Ginny" is a fantastic record I feel that the b - side "Dizzy Mama" would have been a better choice as being the a - side. It's got more "feel" to it, and also it's far more catchy I'm sure the radio stations would have played it."
"Ginny, Ginny" was originally released on 7" vinyl.
Upon release, Record Mirror wrote "The climb back isn't going to be easy for Slade, but this might be a foothold on the bottom of the charts for them. Not the big one though, even if Noddy Holder has got a great voice." On the 15th June 1979, Radio 1 presenter Dave Lee Travis played the song on his show to coincide with wishing Noddy Holder and Jim Lea a happy birthday. In the Slade News magazine for July – August 1979, drummer Don Powell was asked for his opinion on the song. "It didn't sell enough to get into the charts, but we were pleased with it." In the March – April magazine, bassist / co writer Jim Lea was asked if he believed the song would give Slade a comeback. "It's very catchy, and we're going to make it, yeah. Our writing is returning to a more concise format. I mean songs like 'Be' are hardly concise, they're clever, but hardly the sing along down at the pub type song."
Like much of Slade's singles of the time, there was no promotional video or any TV performances for the song. The main form of promotion was the band's live touring across the U.K. as the song had become part of the band's U.K. live set around the time of release.
"Ginny, Ginny" single failed to enter the U.K. top 100 singles chart.
Track listing - 7" U.K. Single
A1. Ginny, Ginny (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 3:50
B1. Dizzy Mama (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 3:57
"Ginny, Ginny" written by Holder and Lea, and was produced by the band themselves was originally released via Barn Record Label on 18th May 1979 and failed to chart on the U.K. chart. The track was originally named "Jeanie", "Jeanie, Jeanie" and "Ginny Come and Get It While You Can" before finally being titled "Ginny, Ginny". However according to the official Slade fan club newsletter of the time, the track had entered the U.K. best sellers top 200 chart. The track was covered by bassist Leas band "The Dummies" for their only album 'A Day In The Life Of The Dummies'.
"Dizzy Mama" written by Holder and Lea, this was the b - side to Slades original single "Ginny, Ginny". "Dizzy Mama" was later used on their 1981 album "We'll Bring The House Down". It had also become part of Slade's live set. The track is influenced and similar to ZZ Top's song 'Tush'. It became part of the band's live set and was for some time, the band's stage opener.
Dave Hill - lead guitar, backing vocals
Noddy Holder - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Jim Lea - bass guitar, backing vocals
Don Powell - drums
Slade - producers