"Give Us A Goal" was written by lead singer Noddy Holder and bassist Jim Lea and produced by Chas Chandler. The single was released via Barn Record Label on 3rd March 1978. This single failed to appear on the U.K. chart. "Give Us A Goal" was issued as a non album single.
At the time Slade were still unpopular and were not having any commercial success, largely due to the new craze for punk music. After scoring a minor number 32 U.K. hit with "My Baby Left Me But That's Alright Mama", Noddy Holder suggested that the band write and release a football track to try and get further commercial success. This single was the final to be produced by usual producer Chas Chandler, as the band and Jim Lea in particular, felt that Chas Chandler was no longer producing as well as he could. It was reported that from their 1977 "Whatever Happened To Slade" album, Chandler wasn't happy with the material being written. From the single, the band would continue to produce themselves whilst Chas Chandler would remain their manager.
"Give Us A Goal" was released via Barn Record Label on 3rd March 1978. In the booklet of the 2007 Salvo compilation B - Sides, the writer Chris Ingham spoke of the song, stating "The back of 1 of their least distinguished singles, Daddio was 1 of the swingiest things Slade ever did. A sizzling portrait of a duplicitous gambler, the neatly constructed song inspires a bright, tight performance from the group."
"Give Us A Goal" was originally released on 7" vinyl.
Record Mirror reviewed the single upon release, "I'd like to see the oldies make it again, I really would. I always loved their gigs, just for the atmosphere. I think that's what they must have been thinking about when they wrote this song, because it recaptures the football fervour they used to build up. That's why it's a bit sad, because I don't think it's worked. I think they're groping in the dark (not a pleasant occupation when it's just for ideas), looking backwards for their future. The song's got plenty of guts, the typical rasping vocals, all that stuff, but it's missed the goal." The track was later used in the TV ad for the popular football video game FIFA 09.
A promotional video was created for the single, whilst the band performed the song on the U.K. shows Cheggers Plays Pop and Get It Together, with the latter performance remaining unseen since the original broadcast. The band's live performances were also a form of promotion. An advertisement from Record Mirror for the single at the time was a cartoon drawing of the band scoring a goal against Lea who appeared as the goalkeeper. The promo video for the single features the band playing football at Goldstone Ground in Hove with the football team of Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. On the day of filming, it was so cold that guitarist Dave Hill had to wear a hat the band could hardly play football in the weather either. The film crew had to keep filming the band until 1 of the members scored a goal against Brighton's goalkeeper. The film was made just before a home match at Brighton Football Club. Slade played the song live in front of a stand full of football supporters. Close up shots of the crowd revealed Noddy Holder to be among the supporters. Other sequences featured the band playing football in Brighton's football strip and Dave Hill blowing the referee’s whistle. The directors of the video wanted it to close with a member of Slade scoring a goal, and it took ages to capture this on film. Don Powell was the only band member who actually got the ball in the net.
"Give Us A Goal" single failed to reach the U.K. top 100 singles chart.
Track listing - 7" U.K. Single
A1. Give Us A Goal (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 2:49
B1. Daddio (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 2:30
Give Us A Goal
"Give Us A Goal" written by Holder and Lea, was originally released via Barn Record Label on 3rd March 1978 and failed to chart on the U.K. chart. The single was football themed, at the time Slade were still unpopular and were not having any commercial success, largely due to the new craze for punk music. This single was the final to be produced by usual producer Chandler, as the band and Lea in particular, felt that Chandler was no longer producing as well as he could. From this single, the band would continue to produce themselves whilst Chandler would remain their manager. This single was issued as a non album single.
"Daddio" written by Holder and Lea, this was the b - side to Slades original single "Give Us A Goal". "Daddio" was 1 of the swingiest things Slade ever did, a sizzling portrait of a duplicitous gambler. This originally exclusive to the single "Give Us A Goal", eventually being released on CD via the 2007 Salvo compilation "B - Sides" and the remaster of "Whatever Happened To Slade"
Dave Hill - lead guitar, backing vocals
Noddy Holder - lead vocals, guitar
Jim Lea - bass guitar, backing vocals
Don Powell - drums
Chas Chandler - producer