"Far Far Away" 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 11th October 1974.
This single reached number 2 on the U.K. chart, spending 6 weeks on the U.K. chart, 5 of which were spent in the top 10.
"Far Far Away" appeared on their 1974 album "Slade In Flame".
The single was released to promote the upcoming film and album, both titled "Slade In Flame". Noddy Holder originally came up with the song's lyrics while standing on a balcony overlooking the Mississippi river in Memphis. Manager Chas Chandler inspired Noddy Holder to complete the song. Jim Lea contributed the chorus to Noddy Holders verse. As referenced in singer Noddy Holders biography 'Who's Crazee Now?', "Far Far Away" remains his favourite Slade song.
The song was originally titled "Letting Loose Around the World".
The b - side "O.K. Yesterday Was Yesterday" also appeared on their album "Slade In Flame" as an album track.
"Far far away" was released via Polydor Record Label on 11th October 1974.
And was the band's 13th top 20 single in a row. It was taken from their gold selling album "Slade In flame", which peaked at number 6 in the U.K. album chart.
Upon release, Record Mirror magazine reviewed the single. "Want a surprise? Then listen to this Slade single which is taken from the forthcoming film "Flame". This is a very melodic Noddy Holder, no screaming or shouting, practically gentle by Slade standards, but it's very good, strong chorus line and backing. Just the name Slade normally means an instant hit, in this case, it'll be a well deserved hit."
"Far Far Away" was originally released on 7" vinyl.
The first 200,000 copies of the U.K. single had special sleeve bags.
The Record Mirror polls of early 1975 voted "Far Far Away" as number 1 in the top single poll.
The single was certified U.K. Silver by BPI in November 1974.
A promotional video was created for the single, whilst the band also performed the song on the German TV show Disco and Dutch TV. No TV performances of the song were created within the U.K., and no live performances by the band could help promotion at the time as the band were still filming Slade in Flame.
At this time Slade were involved in the filming of "Slade In Flame", therefore they used the film crew to record a video. Bassist / co - writer Jim Lea couldn't recall whether it was Gavrik Lasey or Richard Loncraine who actually directed the video. The video featured the group performing the song whilst wearing the 'Flame' outfits, and using the camera trick of each member's face appearing several times on the screen and revolving in a circular manner.
"Far Far Away" reached number 2 on the U.K. chart.
Track listing - 7" U.K. Single
A1. Far Far Away (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 3:33
B1. O.K. Yesterday Was Yesterday (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 3:51
Far Far Away
"Far Far Away" written by Holder and Lea, was originally released via Polydor Record Label on 11th October 1974 and reached number 2 on the U.K. chart.
This is a swaying acoustic track featuring the thoughts of a man who has seen the world but still feels the pull of his roots, it was a personal song written largely by Holder.
This single appeared on their album "Slade In Flame".
O.K. Yesterday Was Yesterday
"O.K. Yesterday Was Yesterday" written by Holder and Lea, this was the b - side to Slades original single "Far Far Away".
It was described by Chris Ingham as "a ribald salutation to growing up, teenage rites of passage and the inevitability of female surrender." Allmusic wrote "On "O.K. Yesterday Was Yesterday," Holder gives his lungs a big time workout."
The track is taken from their film "Flame".
Dave Hill - lead guitar, backing vocals
Noddy Holder - lead vocals, guitar
Jim Lea - bass guitar, organ, backing vocals
Don Powell - drums
Chas Chandler - producer