"Myzsterious Mizster Jones" was written by lead singer Noddy Holder and bassist Jim Lea and produced by John Punter the b - side was produced by Jimmy Lea for Perseverance Ltd. This single was released via RCA Record Label on 11th March 1985.
This single reached number 50 on the U.K. chart, spending 5 weeks on the chart, the band had originally hoped that a radio friendly single would boost the band's popularity back up after the commercial failure of the last single "7 Year Bitch".
"Myzsterious Mizster Jones" appeared on their 1985 album "Rogues Gallery".
"Myzsterious Mizster Jones" was produced by John Punter whilst the b - side was produced by Jim Lea himself. The b - side "Mama Nature Is A Rocker" was originally exclusive to the single, eventually being released on CD via the 2007 Salvo compilation "B - Sides" and the remaster of their album "Rogues Gallery". The 12" vinyl version of the single featured the exclusive track "My Oh My (Piano & Vocal)", a reworking of the band's 1983 hit "My Oh My". This version wasn't made available untill the single until the 2007 Salvo remaster of their album "Rogues Gallery", where it appeared as a bonus track.
The title of the song was purposely misspelled. Such misspellings were a hallmark of some of Slade's song titles during the early 1970s, but this was the band's 1st single with such a title for more than a decade.
In a 1985 interview with Holder on Australian TV, Nody Holder was asked what "Myzsterious Mizster Jones" was about. Noddy Holder replied "Basically it's about a friend of mine from Wolverhampton who used to be a Hell's Angel actually, but I changed his name to protect the innocent cause I don't think he'd like a song about him. It's not knocking him, you know, but it's a song about him."
"Myzsterious Mizster Jones" was released via RCA Record Label on 11th March 1985.
The single's b - side "Mama Nature Is A Rocker" was originally exclusive to this single, before eventually being released on the 2007 compilation "B - Sides" and as a bonus track on the 2007 Salvo remaster of "Rogues Gallery". For the 12" vinyl of the single, which was released in the U.K. and Germany, "Myzsterious Mizster Jones" was featured as an extended version that largely highlighted the usual song with an instrumental verse and chorus, whilst the exclusive track "My Oh My (Piano & Vocal)", was added as the 2nd b - side. The track was an early, demo like, version of the band's 1983 hit "My Oh My". This version wasn't made available elsewhere since the single's release until the 2007 Salvo remaster of "Rogues Gallery", where it appeared as a bonus track. On the single, it was labelled as a "Special Collectors Edition" of the song. Both b - sides were produced and arranged by Jim Lea for Perseverance Ltd., although no production credit was given for "My Oh My (Piano & Vocal)".
"Myzsterious Mizster Jones" was originally released on 7" and 12" vinyl.
The single was released in the U.K. and Germany. Additionally a limited edition 7" vinyl picture disc was issued in the U.K. with the same track listing as the main 7" release, and a jukebox issue of the single was also released in France, with the 1984 hit "All Join Hands" as the b - side.
All versions of the single came with a full colour picture sleeve which featured photography by Alan Ballard. In connection with the song's music video, the cover highlighted a group photo of the band dressed in gangster suits. Dave Hill and Jim Lea held guitar cases, whilst both Noddy Holder and Don Powell each held a Thompson M1921 submachine gun. The back sleeve featured individual shots of each band member. 'Green Ink' handled the sleeve design. The U.K. 7" picture disc used this photo for the main side of the release, whilst the individual photos of the band appeared on the other side.
The single's promo video featured the band in a small alcohol brewery as gangsters. Due to the disappointing charting of the single, the video has never been officially released to purchase, only appearing online via Youtube. With more showings of the video on TV, the single would probably have climbed the charts further at the time.
The song was performed on the U.K. TV show Saturday Superstore where the band also mimed the 1985 "Rogues Gallery" album track "Hey Ho Wish You Well".
In Europe, the song was mimed on the German TV show ExtraTour as well as the German TV show Die Spielbude where the band performed the song with the previous 1985 single "7 Year Bitch" and the American / Canadian / German 1985 single "Little Sheila".
The video was filmed by Phillip Davey who had filmed the video for Slade’s 1984 hit "All Join Hands" and 1985 single "7 Year Bitch", as well as this video’s successors "Little Sheila" and "Do You Believe In Miracles". This time Davey depicted Slade as gangsters. The opening shots featured Slade walking through a warehouse door. As they entered, their everyday clothes changed to gangsters suits. The band perform the track in the warehouse, where Mr. Jones, complete with a snake tattoo running up his arm and a diamond tooth, is supervising the production of prohibition whiskey. The ominous final sequence of the film shows the band leaving the warehouse and Don Powell buying some flowers from a street trader who has the words ‘Remember St. Valentine’s day’ written on the wall behind her. This video is Jim Lea’s own personal favourite.
"Myzsterious Mizster Jones" reached number 50 on the U.K. chart.
Track listing - 7" U.K. Single
A1. Myzsterious Mizster Jones (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 3:37
B1. Mama Nature is A Rocker (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 2:52
Myzsterious Mizster Jones
"Myzsterious Mizster Jones" written by Holder and Lea, this was originally released as a single by Slade via RCA Record Label on 11th March 1985 and reached number 50 on the U.K. chart.
This is similar to "Little Sheila" with its synth based sound and became a single after the commercial failure of "7 Year Bitch". The lyrics refer to a fictional character. In an interview with Ken Sharpe during the mid 1990s, bassist Lea admitted that although he liked the track, he knew it was never going to be a hit.
Mama Nature is A Rocker
"Mama Nature is A Rocker" written by Holder and Lea, this was the b - side to Slades original single "Myzsterious Mizster Jones".
The song was originally exclusive to this single, but was eventually included on the 2007 Salvo compilation "B - Sides". The song was also a bonus track on the 2007 Salvo remaster of their album "Rogues Gallery".<br><br>
Dave Hill - lead guitar, backing vocals
Noddy Holder - lead vocals, guitar
Jim Lea - bass guitar, synthesizer, backing vocals
Don Powell - drums
John Punter - producer on "Myzsterious Mizster Jones"
Jim Lea for Perseverance Ltd. - producer on "Mama Nature Is A Rocker"
Alan Ballard - photography
Green Ink - design