"My Oh My" was written by lead singer Noddy Holder and bassist Jim Lea and was also produced by John Punter the b - side was produced by Jimmy Lea for Perseverance Ltd. The single was released via RCA Record Label on 11th November 1983.
This single reached number 2 on the U.K. chart, it stayed in the top 10 for 5 weeks. It proved to be the band's biggest hit since 1974's "Far Far Away", and was also 1 of the band's most successful worldwide, soon after becoming the band's 2nd U.S.A. Top 40 hit, reaching number 37.
"My Oh My" appeared on their 1983 album "The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome" and the 1984 American version "Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply".
The track came from an idea that Jim Lea had while listening to Dave Hill and Noddy Holder tuning up in the dressing room before a gig at a University in Wales. "It reminded me of bagpipes," says Jim Lea. "I wrote the melody in my head to the drone of the strings". This was the 1st track that Noddy Holder and Jim Lea had ever demoed because for the 1st time the group were working with a record producer John Punter. The raw demo of Noddy Holder singing over Jim Leas piano was received with wild enthusiasm by Slade's record label.
The single was kept from the number 1 spot on the U.K. chart by The Flying Pickets cover of 'Only You', originally by Yazoo.
In a December 1983 interview with the band via Record Mirror magazine, Jim Lea spoke of the song, stating "With "My Oh My" we were mucking around during a soundcheck and the song suddenly came into my head. Well you don't want to hang about and waste valuable drinking time, do you? The song is a bit like 'Land Of Hope And Glory'. You can get up, swing your arms to it and bellow your lungs out. That's what our stuff is all about really."
"My Oh My" was produced by John Punter whilst the b - side "Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply" was produced by Jim Lea, although some versions of the single state Slade as the producer. The b - side was originally exclusive to the single and to Europe, although the track would be used as the title track on their 1984 American album of the same name. In America, the b - side was the 1983 album track "High And Dry". For the 12" vinyl of the single, a bonus track was added titled "Don't Tame A Hurricane" which was also exclusive to Europe, appearing on the American album in 1984, produced by Jim Lea. For the American version of the album, the song was retitled to "Can't Tame A Hurricane". The 12" vinyl featured an extended version of "My Oh My". A special limited edition 7" vinyl was released for Christmas, featuring the bonus track "Merry Xmas Everybody (Live & Kickin')" which originally appeared on the 1982 Christmas single "(And Now the Waltz) C'est La Vie", produced by Slade.
"My Oh My" was released via RCA Record Label on 11th November 1983.
The video for the single was filmed long after "My Oh My" was a hit it was mainly made for showing in the U.S.A. to try and break the single there, which it successfully did. The video depicts Slade walking around in the countryside and one by one they get picked up by an articulated lorry which has Slade’s stage set on the back. The band are seen playing live on the lorry, together with a full lightshow, as they drive across the moors. The truck eventually arrives in London at a ‘live’ concert and is surrounded by kids with Slade scarves being waved in time to the music. The driver of the truck jumps from the truck seat, takes off their crash helmet, and to everyone’s surprise it’s a blonde female. Live scenes for this video were filmed in London’s Surrey Docks and School kids from the local area were drafted in by a convoy of coaches. It is interesting to note that shots were made of a group of choirboys dressing in the usual regalia high above the audiences’ heads for the chorus sections, but these were never used in the final edit. Keith Coe, of Pipes of Peace fame, made this video.
"My Oh My" was originally released on 7" and 12" vinyl.
The single was certified U.K. Gold by BPI in January 1984. In Sweden, the song topped the chart and was awarded in 1984 with a Swedish Platinum Award for sales in excess of 50,000 copies.
Upon release, Record Mirror magazine reviewed their album "The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome" and stated "There are certain moments of contrast to be found on this album. The family sing song "My Oh My" fades into something approaching insignificance besides the more fiery stompers."
A promo video was made for the American release of the single which was never seen in the U.K. until 1991 on their video compilation 'Wall Of Hits'. Although not confirmed, it is possible the music video was shown within Europe too during 1984.
The track was also performed on many U.K. TV shows at the time as Slade competed for the Christmas number 1 slot, as well as performing the song on other various TV shows across Europe too.
The band's 1st performances of the song was on Central TV's flagship Children's show The Saturday Show on the 26th of November, which featured a different backing track and live vocal.
The song was performed on Top Of The Pops on a number of occasions including the 1st and 15th of December as well as the 5th and 20th of January, 1984. The band also mimed the song's on the U.K. TV shows Hall of Fame, the Russell Harty Show on the 7th of December and Saturday Superstore on the 17th of December 1983. The song was also performed on David Frost's End of the Year Show, on 31st December 1983.
The band also performed the song on their last U.K. tour during the time of the single's release. A bootleg video of the band performing the song on the band's last ever U.K. gig is unofficially available, filmed at Liverpool's Royal Court Theatre, 18th December 1983.
"My Oh My" reached number 2 on the U.K. chart.
Track listing - 7" U.K. Single
A1. My Oh My (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea)- 4:09
B1. Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 3:34
My Oh My
"My Oh My" written by Holder and Lea, this was originally released as a single by Slade via RCA Record Label on 11th November 1983 and reached number 2 on the U.K. chart.
This came about as Lea had always wanted to write a big, folksy ballad and when he presented his melody idea to Holder, the lyrics to "My Oh My" were created. The melody came from an idea that Lea had while listening to Hill and Holder tuning up in the dressing room before a gig at a University in Wales. This track became a huge hit in the U.K. peaking at number 2 and number 37 in the U.S.A.
In the 1st Slade fan club magazine of 1984, Slade roadie and tour manager Haden Donovan spoke of the song in a track to track description of each song from the album. For the song he wrote "Not a lot to say about this 1, a great track, thanks for making it a hit."
Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply
"Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply" this was the b - side to Slades original single "My Oh My".
The title was used for the American version of "The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome", and the song also appeared on the American release of the album (whereas it was not featured on the original "Kamikaze Syndrome" titled version of the album). Chris Ingham wrote "the track is a song about a drunk driver strongly advising his amorous passenger not to grope him while he's being followed by the police. The chorus is as fast as anything Slade ever recorded while the production typifies Slade's sound in the mid 80s."
Dave Hill - lead guitar, backing vocals
Noddy Holder - lead vocals, guitar
Jim Lea - bass guitar, piano, synthesizer, backing vocals
Don Powell - drums
John Punter - producer on "My Oh My"
Jimmy Lea for Perseverance Ltd. - producer on "Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply"
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