"Get Down And Get With It" was written by American musician Bobby Marchan, gaining more popularity by Little Richard. Slade originally released their version produced by Chas Chandler via Polydor Record Label on 21st May 1971. This single reached number 16 on the U.K. chart, this was Slade's first U.K. chart entry. "Get Down And Get With It" was issued as a non album single.
Originally, both Slade manager / producer Chas Chandler and Slade had decided that in order to make a break into the charts they would need to capture their strong reputation as a live act onto record. They chose "Get Down And Get With It" as the band would frequently play the song live and it was always a popular live number. The song was successfully captured in the studio, complete with foot stomping and hand clapping as intended, eventually breaking Slade into the U.K. chart as well as Europe. The single was released 2 times during 1971. Firstly on 21st May 1971 with credit's stating the track was written by Dave Hill, Noddy Holder, Jim Lea, Don Powell and Penniman ('Little' Richard Penniman). The story is that the group found the song as originally by Little Richard, when it was 1st released it was given the same title and credited to Slade and Little Richard, reflecting Slade's arrangement of the song. Before the song's 1st chart entry, publishers began to contact Polydor Record Label, with the band and label realising the song's correct title is "Get Down With I" written by Bobby Marchan. When the mistake was realised the song was hurriedly re released as "Get Down With It" written by Marchan on 8th June 1971. The single wouldn't reach the top 20 until 7th August 1971. Some sources support the claim that the incorrect credit may have been a publicity stunt, as Polydor Record Label would have likely realised the publishing mistake beforehand. In Europe, the single featured "Gospel According To Rasputin" as the only b - side. In France, the single featured the band's failed 1970 single "Know Who You Are" as the only b - side, produced by Chandler. In Mexico, 2 b - sides "Know Who You Are" and the 1970 album track "I Remember" from their "Play It Loud" album, produced by Chandler.
"Get Down And Get With It" was released via Polydor Record Label on 21st May 1971. And was the band's 1st top 20 single. Recorded at at Olympic Studios, and produced by Chas Chandler. Record Mirror magazine reviewed the single upon release, "Producer Chas Chandler thinks this will be a hit. So do I. It's a scream up of an adaption of a Little Richard rocker and there's a positive air of desperation as Noddy Holder builds up the excitement. As the feet stamping goes on, it purposefully thunders along. A split value for money flip chart chance."
"Get Down And Get With It" was originally released on 7" vinyl.
Subsequent to its original release, "Get Down And Get With It" has appeared on several Slade compilation albums, including "Sladest", "Greatest Hits", "Wall Of Hits", "Slade Smashes", "Slade's Greats" and "The Very Best Of Slade". Record Mirror magazine reviewed the single upon release, "Producer Chas Chandler thinks this will be a hit. So do I. It's a scream up of an adaption of a Little Richard rocker and there's a positive air of desperation as Noddy Holder builds up the excitement. As the feet stamping goes on, it purposefully thunders along. A split value for money flip chart chance."
2 music videos were created for the single although 1 of these was not shown very much and remains rare to day, unofficially appearing on Youtube, whilst the other has been aired in recent years. The main form of promotion for the single was the band's live performances as well as the band performing the song on U.K. and European TV.
"Get Down And Get With It" reached number 16 on the U.K. chart.
Track listing - 7" U.K. Single
A1. Get Down And Get With It (Bobby Marchan) - 4:12
B1. Do You Want Me (Dave Hill, Noddy Holder) - 4:30
B2. Gospel According To Rasputin (Dave Hill, Noddy Holder) - 4:23
Get Down And Get With It
"Get Down And Get With It" written by Bobby Marchan. Slade originally released their version via Polydor Record Label on 21st May 1971 and reached number 16 on the U.K. chart. It became a regular song for their live set for nearly 2 years, in his autobiography, band member Holder said it was a Little Richard cover in 12 bar format, but "had something magical about it", the original was all piano and sax, but they did it with guitars. When eventually they decided to record it, at Olympic Studios, they did so with a live feel, setting up the microphones in the stairwell outside which gave the echo (for handclapping and stamping). Most DJs wouldn't play it because they thought it was too rowdy, but a few did, including John Peel, it peaked at number 16 on the U.K. chart, and earned them an appearance on Top Of The Pops. Little Richard was given the writer's credit, then they were sued by the real writer, Bobby Marchan, who had also performed the original. Their record company, Polydor Record Label, sorted out this mess
This single was issued as a non album single.
Do You Want Me
"Do You Want Me" written by Hill and Holder, this was the b1 - side to Slades original single "Get Down And Get With It". But only on the U.K. version, where it was exclusive. Most other editions of the "Get Down And Get With It" single, largely across Europe, featured the Hill - Holder song "Gospel According To Rasputin" as the sole b - side instead. In 1972, it appeared on the Dutch version of the Polydor Record Label compilation "Coz I Luv You". It did not appear on the German, Japanese or Swedish releases of the compilation. "Do You Want Me" was 1st seen officially on CD when it was eventually included on the 2007 Salvo compilation "B - Sides".
Gospel According To Rasputin
"Gospel According To Rasputin" written by Hill and Holder, this was the b2 - side to Slades original single "Get Down And Get With It". The band performed the song during a live BBC studio session. The song was broadcast the next day on 12th January 1971 on Mike Harding's Sounds of the Seventies show. Unlike the majority of Slade's BBC studio session recordings, this performance has never been officially released and was not included on the 2009 Salvo 2 disc set "Live At The BBC". However, the recording has been circling along with other BBC session tracks on various bootlegs over the years.
Dave Hill - lead guitar, backing vocals
Noddy Holder - lead vocals, guitar
Jim Lea - bass guitar, piano, backing vocals
Don Powell - drums
Chas Chandler - producer