"In For A Penny" 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 14th November 1975.
This single reached number 11 on the U.K. chart, spending 8 weeks on the U.K. chart. The track itself is notable for being the only track in Slade's career to feature accordion.
"In For A Penny" appeared on their 1976 album "Nobody's Fools".
The track was chosen as a single because it was reminiscent of the rhythm of "Coz I Luv You". Around the time of this track, Slade manager and producer Chas Chandler was mixing tracks in the studio while John Lennon poked his head around the door and said "The singer's good. He sounds like me."
The track was recorded at New York's Record Plant along with the rest of their "Nobody's Fools" album. The track features the longest guitar solo any Slade single has.
Just before the 2nd solo in the track, Noddy Holder shouts the line "Ee, they got a band!" which was taken from a British TV advert in which a female character mistakes the entrance of threatening gangsters carrying violin cases for the arrival of a music combo.
"In For A Penny" was released on the Polydor Record Label on 14th November 1975.
And was the band's 16th top 20 single in a row.
Upon release, Record Mirror magazine reviewed the single and gave an overall thumbs up, symbolising a hit. "A good Beatles ish kind of tune, written of course by Noddy Holder and Jim Lea, with a good lyric. The arrangement is modest, featuring some nice melodic guitar breaks and the harmonies are perhaps the best thing Slade have ever done. This shows the group breaking new territory and doing it very well."
"In For A Penny" was originally released on 7" vinyl.
The 1st 30,000 copies of the single had a picture sleeve. "In For A Penny" was voted number 3 of the top 3 Slade single sleeves in the Slade Fan Club Poll of 1979."In For A Penny" has featured on many Slade compilations including "Slade Smashes", "Slade's Greats", "Wall Of Hits", "Greatest Hits", "The Very Best Of Slade" and Salvos remaster "The Slade Box".
The track did not have a promotional video but was performed on the U.K. TV shows Top of the Pops and Supersonic. The song's performance on Top of the Pops has never been seen since the original broadcast.
At the time, Slade had started their 2 year exile to the U.S.A., only returning to the U.K. for promoting singles. Jim Lea remembered the band returning to Britain to film Top of the Pops, and watching the finished results the following day at Freddie Mercury's flat. Apparently on the same show, Queen were appearing with their single 'Bohemian Rhapsody' video for the 1st time. Jim Lea recalled being totally knocked out watching the Queen film whilst Mercury didn't realise what a tremendous achievement his group had made.
"In For A Penny" reached number 11 on the U.K. chart.
Track listing - 7" U.K. Single
A1. In For A Penny (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 3:34
B1. Can You Just Imagine (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 3:31
In For A Penny
"In For A Penny" written by Holder and Lea, was originally released via Polydor Record Label on 14th November 1975 and reached number 11 on the U.K. chart.
It is a ballad and features the accordion which is the only Slade track to do so. Chris Ingham wrote ""In For A Penny" is an atmospheric, reflective piece fully of Beatlesesque harmonic traits and featuring the longest Hill guitar solo used on a Slade single. It may come as a surprise to listeners seduced by the melancholy air of the record to discover that the lyrics content is full of risque."
This single appeared on their album "Nobody's Fools".
Can You Just Imagine
"Can You Just Imagine" written by Holder and Lea, this was the b - side to Slades original single "In For A Penny".
This b - side, was written about the band's experience of making their film "Flame", was originally exclusive to the single, eventually being released on CD via the 2007 Salvo compilation "B - Sides" and the remaster of "Nobody's Fools".
Dave Hill - lead guitar, backing vocals
Noddy Holder - lead vocals, guitar
Jim Lea - bass guitar, accordion, backing vocals
Don Powell - drums
Chas Chandler - producer