"How Does It Feel" 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 7th February 1975.
This single reached number 15 on the U.K. chart, spending 7 weeks on the U.K. chart. It was the lowest charting single since Slade's 1st hit "Get Down And Get With It" in 1971. The single's 1st week in the top 100 only began at number 38 which was poor for a Slade single at the time.
"How Does It Feel" appeared on their 1974 album "Slade In Flame".
The tune was originally written by Jim Lea, back in 1970 on an old out of tune piano with half the keys missing. It was brought out of the cupboard to be the theme tune for Slade's film "Flame". Noddy Holders melancholy lyrics added an extra dimension to the opening and closing credits. The song also featured members of the band 'Gonzales' on brass instruments.
"How Does It Feel" was produced by Chas Chandler as was the b - side "So Far, So Good". The b - side was taken from their "Slade in Flame" album which was released in November 1974.
"How Does It Feel" was released via Polydor Record Label on 7th February 1975.
And was the band's 14th top 20 single in a row.
It was taken from their gold selling album "Slade In flame", which peaked at number 6 in the U.K. album chart.
Upon release, Record Mirror magazine reviewed the single. "Another song from their "Slade In Flame" album and the a - side is very different from the usual Slade material, with far less reliance on guitars and far more on an orchestral arrangement. There's a gentle piano intro before Noddy Holders voice comes in, singing in an almost subdued voice. Even when the song kicks off, the arrangement is very different. Be interesting to see the fans reaction but I don't think they'll have too much trouble succeeding."
"How Does It Feel" was originally released on 7" vinyl.
The first 200,000 copies of the U.K. single featured coloured sleeves whilst the remainder came in an ordinary vinyl sleeve.
Whilst the majority of picture sleeves title the song "How Does It Feel", the Belgian and vinyl a - sides title the song "How Does It Feel?". Some versions of the single feature the original album version of the song, however 2 edits were made. The 1st took just over a minute from the album version whilst the American promotional vinyl took almost half of the song away for the edit.
According to the Fan Club Newsletter for June and July, 1975, "How Does It Feel" had entered the top 10 of most European countries.
No promotional video was created for the single although the track was performed on the U.K. TV music show Top of The Pops and the U.K. children show Crackerjack and also The Russell Harty Show. The band also performed the song on the Dutch TV show Top Pop. Another form of promotion was the band's live performances around the time of release, where the band had included the song into the live set.
"How Does It Feel" reached number 15 on the U.K. chart.
Track listing - 7" U.K. Single
A1. How Does It Feel (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 4:46
B1. So Far, So Good (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 2:59
How Does It Feel
"How Does It Feel" written by Holder and Lea, was originally released via Polydor Record Label on 7th February 1975 and reached number 15 on the U.K. chart.
This is the opening track of Slades hit film "Flame". Chris Ingham of Rock Back pages stated "Leas simple piano part, Holders vocal intoning a lyric full of philosophical wonder, ghostly backing vocals, organ and flute. These elements would be enough to mark "How Does It Feel" as a notable Slade recording but with addition of a huge horn section to, piping flutes and a running time of over 5 minutes." Allmusic stated "From the opening number, "How Does It Feel," Slade sets a different tone. A piano and vocal intro greets the listener. Of course, by the end of the song the full band is rocking furiously."
This single appeared on their album "Slade In Flame".
So Far So Good
"So Far So Good" written by Holder and Lea, this was the b - side to Slades original single "How Does It Feel".
This is the optimistic track that was used in their film "Flame". Chris Ingham wrote "The song is a good example of Holders pithy way with a lyric, intimating success is about having the right attitude of life ("making the best out of having ago") while also celebrating the good luck of a survivor ("taking chances...I'm alive!"). A good example of how even a 2nd drawer mid 1970s Slade song, i.e., probably not commercial or extraordinary enough to be a single, is still replete with craft." Allmusic stated "So Far So Good" is a beautiful rocker."
Dave Hill - lead guitar, backing vocals
Noddy Holder - lead vocals, guitar
Jim Lea - bass guitar, piano, organ, flute, backing vocals
Don Powell - drums
The Gonzales - brass instruments on "How Does It Feel"
Chas Chandler - producer