"Take Me Bak 'ome" 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 26th May 1972.
This single reached number 1 on the U.K. chart, "Take Me Bak 'ome" was Slade's 2nd number 1 single in the U.K. The song was also the band's debut appearance on the American singles chart, peaking at number 97.
"Take Me Bak 'ome" was issued as a non album single.
Around this time the band appeared at the Great Western festival near Lincoln. Slade triumphed before a large crowd despite a line up of more serious acts. Hill, incidentally wore an all silver leather outfit for the 1st time on stage at Lincoln, his sartorial touch would influence British fashion for the next few years. "Take Me Bak 'ome" was currently at number 2 on the U.K. charts during the festival. The following week it reached number 1 and Slade gained further credibility as live performers.
During the recording of the track, Noddy Holder ad libbed over the riff in the middle of the song. Lea asked him to change the ad lib because it had given him the idea for their next single "Mama Weer All Crazee Now".
In the September - December 1986 Slade fan club magazine, the poll results were announced for the 1986 opinion poll based on Slade’s material. For the best live song, "Take Me Bak 'ome" placed at number 3. In the same poll, for the best b - side of the 70s, "Wonderin’ Y" placed at number 3.
"Take Me Bak 'ome" was released via Polydor record label on 26th May 1972.
And was the band's 4th top 20 single in a row.
Record Mirror magazine reviewed the single upon release, "Still mangling the English language title wise, but also still winging on a sure commercial course. Slade are here forced along by Noddy Holders strident, straight through a brick wall voice. It's a riff based number, with good bass figures rolling along, and gets right to the heart of what makes this crowd pulling team click. Powerful and rocking and their best yet for me. Chart certainty."
1972 was, in many ways, the peak of glam rock's power. Its moment in the spotlight would last for another year or so, but 1972 was the pinnacle. Slade were in the right place at the right time for their sonic overload and visual flair. The Slade style was becoming well-defined with its loud guitars, raw vocals and at its center, a great pop song. "Take Me Bak 'ome" was their 2nd chart topper in less than 8 months and helped cement the band's status among the young rock and roll fans in the U.K. at the time.
"Take Me Bak 'ome" was originally relased on 7" vinyl.
By October 1972, the band had received two U.K. Silver Discs for the single.
Some versions of the single, particularly in Germany, the single was slightly altered, titled "Tak Me Bak 'ome".
In an August 1972 interview for Sounds magazine, Dave Hill stated "'Coz I Luv You' was a different kind of song, I thought that was the perfect simple song that made number 1 so easy, you know? 'Look Wot You Dun' was a classic kind of song, with a clean, classy arrangement to it, but then "Take Me Back 'ome" was a live, earth dirt song I felt much more out of that than I did from all the rest, it projected more, and it wasn’t just a hit record. I didn’t know if that kind of song could make it, and it was great having a thick, dirty song up at number 1."
No promotional video was created for the song, despite the previous single "Look Wot You Dun" having 2 videos. The band would promote the song by numerous U.K. and European TV performances as well as the band's touring.
The song was performed on the U.K. show Top of the Pops as well as the UK show 2G's and the Pop People, the latter being officially available today. In 1973, the song was performed on the Dutch show Popgala as well as an unknown German TV show.
Reportedly, the band's comeback performance at the Reading Festival in 1980 was filmed entirely for the band, which included the song, but has never been seen. The song was also filmed during the band's performance at the 1981 Lochem Festival, Holland, although this performance has also never been seen.
"Take Me Bak 'ome" reached number 1 on the U.K. chart.
Track listing - 7" U.K. Single
A1. Take Me Bak 'Ome (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 3:13
B1. Wonderin' Y (Jim Lea, Don Powell) - 2:48
Take Me Bak 'ome
"Take Me Bak 'ome" written by Holder and Lea, was originally released via Polydor Record Label on 26th May 1972 and reached number 1 on the U.K. chart.
This being the bands 2nd U.K. number 1.
Spending a single week at the top in July 1972. The single took 5 weeks to reach the top spot and was last seen on the U.K. chart at number 49 on 26th August 1972. It stayed in the top 100 for a total of 13 weeks. A total of 5 different artworks were created for the single.
This single was issued as a non album single
"Wonderin' Y" written by Lea and Powell, this was the b - side to Slades original single "Take Me Bak 'ome".
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. On the 2006 'Salvo' box set compilation "The Slade Box", the song was incorrectly credited to Slade's usual song writing pair Holder and Lea.
Dave Hill - lead guitar, backing vocals
Noddy Holder - lead vocals, guitar
Jim Lea - bass guitar, backing vocals
Don Powell - drums
Chas Chandler - producer