"Gudbuy T'Jane" 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 17th November 1972.
This single reached number 2 on the U.K. chart, Slade's 2 previous singles had charted at number 1 on the U.K. chart. The single stayed in the U.K. top 10 from the moment it was released for 8 weeks. The single was also the most successful of Slade's 1970s singles in the U.S.A., peaking at number 68.
"Gudbuy T' Jane" appeared on their 1972 album "Slayed?".
At the time, the band were on tour and needed a follow up hit single to "Mama Weer All Crazee Now". The idea came to Jim Lea while he was sitting by a pool in San Diego. He completed it in the toilet in the plane on the flight home. Noddy Holders lyrics came from a TV show he saw in San Francisco on which the band appeared, and on which a girl called Jane demonstrated a Sex Machine. Noddy Holder completed his lyrics just prior to the recording session. Noddy Holders original lyrics were "Hello To Jane" however Jim Lea decided that it would sound better as "Gudbuy T'Jane" when they went to record it. The loose feel of the record is explained by the fact this was Take 2 and the band had never played the song before until that day.
In a November 1980 Sounds magazine interview, Jim Lea spoke of the song. "I didn't even like some of those old ones. We all hated "Gudbuy T'Jane" when we made it, it was knocked up in half an hour at the end of 1 of our studio sessions."
In a December 1984 interview with Record Mirror, the magazine tested Jim Leas memory by asking him to recall the story behind certain hits. For "Gudbuy T'Jane", Jim Lea stated "Was written by the side of a swimming pool in Fresno just outside San Francisco. I remember lying there 1 day on our afternoon off and Chas Chandler, who was our manager, said to me 'Jimmy, if you've got nothing to do write a song cos there's money in it!'. Everyone else was messing about pissed and I was lying there bored, I'm always bored. So I thought right write a song, go! I went 'Goodbye T'Jane, Goodbye T'Jane' and then we were flying back to finish off the 'Slayed?' album and I thought right, I need the next bit to that. I went and had a pee in the bog and I got all excited and sang it over and over, then suddenly I went 'I say you're so young', and it just blurted out. So that was it, finished at 20 thousand feet. Then when we eventually got into the studio we had the backing track done and Noddy Holder said 'right I've done the lyrics' and he went up and sang 'Hello T' Jane'. I'll never forget that, it was so funny."
The track was used, in slightly speeded up form, during BBC2 comedy show 'The Smell Of Reeves And Mortimer' to introduce the 'Slade In Residence' (Series 1) and 'Slade On Holiday' (Series 2) segments.
"Gudbuy T'Jane" was released via Polydor Record Label on 17th November 1972.
And was the band's 6th top 20 single in a row.
The single was awarded a UK Silver Disc in early 1973.
Danny Holloway for NME magazine wrote "Following "Mama Weer All Crazee Now", the Wolverhampton Wanders have chosen another Noddy Holder / Jim Lea rigid rocker. There's a simple little drum intro as the guitars join in, followed by a ferocious bass line. Bound to storm the charts and should be a big Christmas seller for the band. During the past year Slade's songwriting has improved greatly. If they continue to progress at this rate, nothing can hold them back."
"Gudbuy T'Jane" was originally released on 7" vinyl.
Record Mirror magazine reviewed the single upon release, "Another slice of Slade, with a drum beat opening, with all that instant power and drive...on records live concerts, too, come to that the boys don't put a foot or tonsil wrong. Noddy Holder fronts this ferocious build up with his usual gruff efficiency; and there's a hustling bass percussion rhythm that maintains the pressure. There's a running riff which reaches out and grabs. Their best yet? Hard to say but it is bloody good...chart certain."
Aside from the band's live performances, the song was performed on numerous TV showin the U.K. and Europe. 2 music videos were also created.
The 1st was made at an observatory and the group were filmed portraying scientists stalking around with white coats and clipboards. Close up shots of guitarist Dave Hills platform boots when the song mentions 'H Hill's left shoe'. This video is not officially available and hasn't appeared via Youtube. For the 2nd film, Caravelle were permissioned by Polydor record label, rather than Top of The Pops. The film was to give the impression of Slade playing live at their London Rainbow concert. In actual fact all the shots of the band were taken during the afternoon before the gig. The audience shots were taken live at the gig the only thing being that they were filmed during the opening song "Hear Me Calling" thus the audience cannot be seen in time with "Gudbuy T'Jane". Slade, during the video, have their clothes and instruments covered with 'I've Been Slayed' stickers.
The song was performed on the U.K. show Top of the Pops as well as the German show Musikladen, where the band also performed "Mama Weer All Crazee Now", and the Dutch TV flagship pop show Top Pop.
In 1977, the band performed the song on East German TV where the group also mimed several other previous hits, as well as each member being interviewed. In 1981, the band's performance of the song at the Lochem Festival in the Netherlands was filmed, again only available unofficially on Youtube.
"Gudbuy T'Jane" reached number 2 on the U.K. chart.
Track listing - 7" U.K. Single
A1. Gudbuy T'Jane (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 3:31
B1. I Won't Let It 'Appen Agen (Jim Lea) - 3:15
"Gudbuy T'Jane" was written by Holder and Lea, was originally released via Polydor Record Label on 17th November 1972 and reached number 2 on the U.K. chart.
The song was beaten to the number 1 spot by Chuck Berry's single 'My Ding A Ling'
Holders original lyrics were 'Hello To Jane' however Lea decided that it would sound better as "Goodbye To Jane" when they went to record it. The loose feel of the record is explained by the fact this was Take 2 and the band had never played the song before until that day.
This single appeared on their album "Slayed?".
I Won't Let It 'Appen Agen
"I Won't Let It 'appen Agen" was written solely by Lea, rather than with the usual Slade song writing team of Holder and Lea this was the b - side to Slades original single "Gudbuy T'Jane".
It was the last song to be solely written by Lea for Slade until the 1991 U.K. hit single "Radio Wall Of Sound".
Allmusic.com wrote "The tomahawk riffing of "I Won't Let It 'appen Again" is another highlight a similar arrangement was later borrowed, to excellent effect, for sometime support band Blue Öyster Cult's version of another Slade favourite, the rocker anthem "Born To Be Wild"."
Chris Ingham of Rock Back pages wrote "The only sole credit to Lea on a Slade record until "Radio Wall Of Sound" 19 years later, the song is also the first Slade b - side to sound as mighty as the group sounded on the a - side. A thunderous, bass driven track featuring scything guitar chords across the stereo picture, this determinedly minor key song is superbly played and sung and is treated to a sparkling Chas Chandler production complete with backward guitars, the only time Slade succumbed to that particular psychedelic technique."
Dave Hill - Lead guitar, backing vocals
Noddy Holder - Lead vocals, guitar
Jim Lea - Bass guitar, backing vocals
Don Powell - Drums
Chas Chandler - producer