"We'll Bring The House Down" was written by lead singer Noddy Holder and bassist Jim Lea and was produced by the band themselves. The single was released via Cheapskate Record Label (Slade's own label) on 23rd January 1981.
This single reached number 10 on the U.K. chart, spending 9 weeks on the charts.
"We'll Bring The House Down" appeared on their 1981 album "We'll Bring The House Down".
After years of touring in small venues and releasing a string of unsuccessful singles and albums, this single was the 1st number 20 hit for Slade since 1976. This was largely thanks to the Reading festival the year before after Ozzy Osbourne's band had pulled out at the last minute and Slade agreed to step in instead. The band stole the show and became hot news once again.
The idea for the track originally came to creation while the band were performing in Amsterdam at the Paradiso club. An enthusiastic audience who wouldn't go home kept repeating the chant heard in this song. Jim Lea, downstairs in the dressing room, as ever, on the hunt for the next song and realised the potential of the chant. The drums on the track were completely double tracked with drummer Don Powell playing in the toilet on the second track which gave the echo sound. Noddy Holder's lyrics reflected Slade's shift towards a heavier rock sound.
The song took 2 days to record on the 4th and 5th of January that year, recorded at the Portland Recording Studios in London. To receive the distinctive vocal and drum sounds, the band recorded the parts in the Gentlemen's toilets at the studio. The band had to stop recording every time somebody flushed the toilet in the ladies' restroom, because the sound could be heard through the walls.
"We'll Bring The House Down" was produced by Slade as was the b - side "Hold On To Your Hats". The b - side had originally appeared on the 1979 album "Return To Base". For the German, Spanish and Australian version of the single, the b - side was "Wheels Ain't Coming Down" which was also produced by Slade, again from the "Return To Base" album.
"We'll Bring The House Down" was released via Cheapskate Record Label (Slade's own label) on 23rd January 1981.
Upon release Record Mirror magazine also reviewed the single, stating "And then Slade nice to see the up turn in their fortunes which followed Reading, but a shame that its taken such rotten, clumsy HM to do the trick. "We'll Bring The House Down" should pander to the band's new headbanger following alright, but frankly it hasn't got much going for it. A crass echo of former glories."
In a 1981 fan club interview, drummer Don Powell was asked if he thought that Slade would ever make a comeback after many years of commercial failure. Don Powell repsonded "The thing is we don't think of it as a comeback just because "We'll Bring the House Down" made the charts. We didn't really think how long it had been since we had a hit until "We'll Bring The House Down" charted, and then everyone told us that it was amazingly our 1st hit for 4 or 5 years, and we realised."
"We'll Bring The House Down" was originally released on 7" vinyl and produced by Slade.
In a 1981 fan club interview, guitarist Dave Hill mentioned performing the song on Belgian TV. "We did a major TV show in Belgium to promote "We'll Bring The House Down". The guy who makes the TV show likes us, so he let us do 2 extra tracks; "Wheels Ain't Coming Down" and "I'm A Rocker", which was a hit over there."
During a 1981 televised gig that The Who were performing in Paris, the audience began singing the chant of "We'll Bring the House Down" in between songs, much to The Who's annoyance. One crowd member eventually jumped on the stage and shouted "We'll Bring The House Down".
BBC presenter and radio DJ Mike Read noted the band's "electrifying" performance on Top of the Pops. The following day, Read noted on his breakfast show that the programme seemed rather flat after Slade's performance.
A promotional video was created for the track along with TV performances on the UK shows Top of the Pops and ITV show Moondogs Matinee, where the band also performed "Mama Weer All Crazee Now". The band also performed the song on the German TV show Musikladen. The promotional video for "We'll Bring The House Down" was filmed at one of the band's concerts by an independent film company.
"We'll Bring The House Down" reached number 10 on the U.K. chart.
Track listing - 7" U.K. Single
A1. We'll Bring The House Down (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 3:32
B1. Hold On To Your Hats (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 2:33
We'll Bring The House Down
"We'll Bring The House Down" written by Holder and Lea, this was originally released as a single by Slade via Cheapskate Record Label (Slade's own label) on 23rd January 1981 and reached number 10 on the U.K. chart.
The track was Slade's 1st hit single since 1977. The style of the track shown Slade's sound heading towards a heavier rock genre. The track became part of Slade's live song set.
Allmusic wrote "The title track is automatic. 1 listen and you'll be chanting along, just as Slade audiences did ever since the band started playing the song. An absolute must hear."
Hold On To Your Hats
"Hold On To Your Hats" written by Holder and Lea, this was the b - side to Slades original single "We'll Bring The House Down".
This was recycled from Slade's previous album "Return To Base". The track is a mid tempo track influenced by a more rock 'n' roll sound. The track uses backward reverb effects. The track features a question and answer technique between Holder and the other band member Hill and Lea during the chorus.
Dave Hill - lead guitar, backing vocals
Noddy Holder - lead vocals, guitar
Jim Lea - bass guitar, backing vocals
Don Powell - drums
Slade - producers