"Mama Weer All Crazee Now" 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 25th August 1972.
This single reached number 1 on the U.K. chart, it was the band's 3rd number 1 single on the U.K. chart.
Besides its commercial success, the song has also received critical acclaim, with the musical magazine Record Mirror labeling it as "full of sheer bloody minded slay them enthusiasm".
"Mama Weer All Crazee Now" appeared on their 1972 album "Slayed?".
Originally, the idea was to release the single with pre radio plays and pre orders, in hopes the single would go straight to number 1 during the 1st week of release. The single entered the charts on its 1st week at number 2, then followed by number 1 for the next 3 weeks in September 1972. Some months before, the band had played at the Boston Gliderdrome in Lincolnshire, a bouncer had told them about another act who'd appeared there drunk 'crazy with whiskey' and this gave Noddy Holder the idea for the lyrics. The song was originally titled "My My We're All Crazy Now" the title was changed by manager Chas Chandler, the spelling, of course, was adapted by the band's own traditions. Several of the most distinctive parts of the record were virtual ad libs, including the 'mama mama mama yeah' coda at the end. Producer Chas Chandler also opened the song with a howl recorded during some of Noddy Holders vocal exercises.
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 "Mama Weer All Crazee Now" / "Cum On Feel The Noize", Jim Lea stated "I was at a Chuck Berry gig in '72 and everybody was singing his tunes. He kept stopping and letting the crowd sing and it wasn't just a few people, it was everyone. I thought it was amazing and thought why not write the crowd into the songs, and so of course, the next 1 was "Take Me Bak 'ome" then "Gudbuy T' Jane" but then we got round to "Mama Weer All Crazee Now" and "Cum On Feel The Noize" and all the chants were written into the tunes."
"Mama Weer All Crazee Now" was released via Polydor Record Label on 25th August 1972.
And was the band's 5th top 20 single in a row.
Upon release, Record Mirror magazine reviewed the single, "O mi gord, thuy av dun eet agen. Thuy R monsturs in evry meenin of the wurd. It's hard driving beat, full of sheer bloody minded slay them enthusiasm, and a wall of sound behind the vocal line. It's hammer, hammer, hammer all the way exciting foot and skull thumping which doesn't vary much in intensity, but is blessed with an exactly commercial hook. A smash of course. Bigger than others? Probably ... chart certainty."
"Mama Weer All Crazee Now" was originally released on 7" vinyl.
When "Mama Weer All Crazee Now" hit the public domain, it was probably the defining moment for Slade. Everything before this release had been of a 'suck it and see' nature. Learning to write and experimenting with styles, "Let's try writing the violin in", record the claps and stomps, what about a Stones riff?
In Mama..., it came together and blew up! Mama... grew from the breakdown in "Take Me Bak 'ome", the "I Want You" bit near the end was apparently going to be done in the manner of "I don't want to..."in Mama.... Jim Lea heard Noddy Holder singing it and got the idea for Mama...
A great idea it was to, the roar of the opening chords, that thunderous bassline barging its way in and Noddy Holders howl. It's an animal and not one you want to meet in a dark alley. The 'out of control party' subject matter, chanting chorus and the handclaps, the euphoric guitar licks, this song has it all. Everything about it makes you want to howl at the moon. This song says S-L-A-D-E and in the dictionary, under Slade, it should say: "See Mama Weer All Crazee Now".
The main form of promotion for the single were numerous U.K. and European TV performances on programs such as Top of the Pops. The band's live performances were also a form of promotion. No promotional music video was created.
The song was performed on the U.K. show Top of the Pops as well as the unknown show ATV. In Germany, the song was performed on the TV shows Disco as well as Musikladen, where the band also performed 'Gudbuy T'Jane'. In 1973, the band performed the song at Earls Court in London, where the performance was filmed, unofficially available on Youtube.
In 1977, the band performed the song on the U.K. show Supersonic along with their new release of the time 'Gypsy Roadhog'. Also 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.
"Take Me Bak 'ome" reached number 1 on the U.K. chart.
Track listing - 7" U.K. Single
A1. Mama Weer All Crazee Now (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 3:43
B1. Man Who Speaks Evil (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 3:15
Mama Weer All Crazee Now
"Mama Weer All Crazee Now" written by Holder and Lea, was originally released via Polydor Record Label on 25th August 1972 and reached number 1 on the U.K. chart.
This being the bands 3rd U.K. number 1.
This is an up tempo rock track, some months before the band had played at the Boston Gliderdrome in Lincolnshire, a bouncer had told them about another act who'd appeared there drunk "crazy with whiskey" and this gave Holder the idea for the lyrics.
Allmusic.com described the song as "a full on adrenalin monster, ear splittingly loud with its lyrics a raw throated bellow."
This single appeared on their album "Slayed?".
Man Who Speaks Evil
"Man Who Speaks Evil" written by Holder and Lea, this was the b - side to Slades original single "Mama Weer All Crazee Now".
The song was written and recorded a while before the band released their October 1971 hit single "Coz I Luv You". It is likely to be from the period of 1970 -'71, when Lea would write material with Powell, whilst Holder would write material with Hill. The song would be the last Lea / Powell composition ever released. According to the announcements on the 2 live BBC studio sessions of the track, the song was originally planned to feature on the group's upcoming album likely to be "Slayed?" from later 1972, however the band were unsure what to do with the song's recording before deciding to release it as the "Mama Weer All Crazee Now" single b - side.
Dave Hill - lead guitar, backing vocals
Noddy Holder - lead vocals, guitar
Jim Lea - bass guitar, backing vocals
Don Powell - drums
Chas Chandler - producer