"Knuckle Sandwich Nancy" 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 15th May 1981.
This single failed to appear on the U.K. chart, this was the only single since Slade's 1980 comeback not to chart in the U.K. top 100 until 1987.
"Knuckle Sandwich Nancy" is a U.K. only single which appeared on their 1981 album "Till Deaf Do Us Part".
Originally, the band wished for "Knuckle Sandwich Nancy" to be released as a single, however manager Chas Chandler did not. Chas Chandlers poor faith in the song caused the single to be released half heartedly, causing the single to flop. At the time, the band blamed long time manager Chas Chandler for the failure of the single and from then on began to manage themselves. Despite the situation, Chas Chandler sold his share of Cheapskate Record Label and found the band a favourable deal with RCA Record Label.
The track's lyrics refer to an incident with lead singer Noddy Holder. During a gig in August 1978 at Stoneleigh Club in Porthcawl, South Wales. A bouncer known as 1 of the Desmond Brothers began being too aggressive with the fans. Noddy Holder told the bouncers to lay off and 1 had replied that they'll see Noddy Holder later after the show. After the show, Noddy Holder began to head to the dressing room where the bouncer attacked him. The singer fell backwards onto the floor covered in blood, his nose broken and both eyes blackened. He was taken to Bridgend Hospital for treatment. Noddy Holder pressed charges and the bouncer was sent to jail for 3 months. Despite Noddy Holders injuries, the following night, Slade performed at Bunnies Club, Cleethorpes, England. Rumour was that the same bouncer was later beaten up himself by Ritchie Blackmore at a Rainbow show.
The song was originally titled Knuckle Sandwich until 'Nancy' was later added.
"Knuckle Sandwich Nancy" was released via Cheapskate Record Label Cheapskate record label (Slade's own label) on 5th May 1981.
The band were confident that the high speed, drum heavy record was a fitting follow on from the similarly toned January ’81 hit "We’ll Bring The House Down", though Chas Chandler and RCA Record Label disagreed. The single was half heartedly released and flopped. The band blamed Chas Chandler and decided to split from him completely.
"Knuckle Sandwich Nancy" was originally released on 7" vinyl.
Shortly before the release, the Slade fan club described the track as "in similar vein as "We'll Bring The House Down", heavy on the guitars, with Barundi type drums and losts of "c'mons" that the public can latch on to!"
The track became part of Slade's live set however was soon withdrawn due to commercial failure of the song. Due to the failure of the single in the U.K. the single was not given a release in Germany as previously planned.
No promotional video was created for the single, nor any mimed TV performances for the song. The main form of promotion was word of mouth and the band's live touring as the song had become part of the band's UK live set around the time of release.
"Knuckle Sandwich Nancy" failed to enter the U.K. top 100 singles chart.
Track listing - 7" U.K. Single
A1. Knuckle Sandwich Nancy (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 3:14
B1. I'm Mad (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 2:48
Knuckle Sandwich Nancy
"Knuckle Sandwich Nancy" written by Holder and Lea, this was originally released as a single by Slade via Cheapskate Record Label (Slade's own label) on 15th May 1981 and failed to appear on the U.K. chart.
This tells about a beating Holder suffered in 1978 at the hands of a Welsh bouncer he had chastised from the stage for being too rough with the audience. The track was released as a single which failed to chart which led to the band departing from long term manager Chandler.
"I'm Mad" written by Holder and Lea, this was the b - side to Slades original single "Knuckle Sandwich Nancy".
This is an acoustic based track which portrays a man who is in thrall with his fantasies and dreams. Record Mirror stated ""I'm Mad" is the nearest thing here to a hit single with its jump along beat and pure sixties chord changes."
Dave Hill - lead guitar, backing vocals
Noddy Holder - lead vocals, guitar
Jim Lea - bass guitar, backing vocals, organs
Don Powell - drums
Slade - producers
Andy Miller - co producer, assistant producer, engineer
George "Porky" Peckham - cutting engineer
Mark O'Donoughue - tape operator technician