"Let’s Dance (Remix 1988)" was written by Jim Lee and produced by Jim Lea for Perseverance Ltd. the b - side was produced by Chas Chandler and was 1st performed by Chris Montez in 1962. The single was released via Cheapskate Record Label (Slade's own label) on 15th November 15 1988.
This single failed to appear on the U.K. chart, the song was originally covered by Slade in 1985. The band would not release another single until 1991 ("Radio Wall Of Sound") although "Merry Xmas Everybody" would be re released in 1989 and failed to chart.
"Let’s Dance (Remix 1988)" is a U.K. only single which appeared on their 1985 album "Crackers – The Christmas Party Album".
The track was released as a single after the band were dropped from RCA Record Label. The band released 2 singles before on their own label "You Boyz Make Big Noize" and "We Won't Give In". Both were commercial failures whilst this single also suffered the same fate. No promotion helped the single as the band would not tour, and there was no promotional video or performances on TV either.
For the single, the song was named "Remix 1988" although there is little difference between both versions, except the remix contains a count in for the drums to begin the song.
This was the band’s 1st single to be released on CD. The single featured a basic artwork design and for the b - side, their 1974 album track "Standing On The Corner" was used, originally from their album "Slade In Flame". For the CD version of the single, 2 extra tracks were added, "Far Far Away" and "How Does It Feel". Also takenfrom their album "Slade In Flame".
"Let’s Dance (Remix 1988)" was released via Cheapskate Record Label (Slade's own label) on 15th November 15 1988.
Upon release, the single was reviewed on the Radio 1 programme "Singled Out". Those who reviewed the single were producers Stock, Aitken and Waterman. All 3 were said to have been reminiscing about the band with radio DJ Mike Read, stating what a great band they were. Mike Stock commented that Noddy Holder was the greatest pure rock 'n' roll singer since John Lennon.
"Let’s Dance (Remix 1988)" was originally released on 7" vinyl and CD.
This was the band’s 1st single to be released on CD.
According to the fan club magazine of late 1988, the song was hastily picked and rushed out as a single at the last minute, hence being a track taken from 1985 album "Crackers - The Christmas Party Album" whilst other previously available material was used as b - sides.
In 1989, Noddy Holder was interviewed for the Slade fan club about the single "We thought it was a good track. We'd pondered over a few different songs, but we decided that "Let's Dance (Remix 1988)" stood a good chance of getting some airplay around that time because when we didn't release a single the year before, all the jocks wanted to know why. So we decided to put the record out, hoping it would get the plays, but it wasn't the case. Only the commercial stations like Piccadilly and some of the others played it regularly, but without Radio 1, you're sunk."
In a January 1989 interview for Guitarist Magazine, Dave Hill was asked if the record company had released "Merry Xmas Everybody" again, where Dave Hill replied "It will be we don't tend to control it, it just comes out anyway... we've actually recorded a version of Chris Montez' "Let's Dance". We just did a rock version of it for a laugh, and thought we'd stick it out. But of course "Merry Xmas Everybody" is always in competition with whatever we bring out, so we're just doing that because we've got nothing better to do as we're not performing or anything."
No music video was created for the single and no mimed TV appearances were performed. Due to Slade's lack of touring, recording and general activity at the time, the single had limited chances of commercial success.
"Let’s Dance ('88 Remix)" failed to enter the U.K. top 100 singles chart.
Track listing - 7" U.K. Single
A1. Let's Dance (Remix 1988) (Jim Lea) - 2:40
B1. Standing On The Corner (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 4:54
Let's Dance (Remix 1988)
"Let's Dance" originaly written by Chris Montez, Slade originally released their version via Cheapskate Record Label (Slade's own label) on 15th November 1998 after being dropped from RCA Record Label titled "Let's Dance '88" and failed to appear on the U.K. chart.
The band released 2 singles before on their own record label "You Boyz Make Big Noize" and "We Won't Give In". Both were commercial failures.
Standin' On The Corner
"Standin' On The Corner" written by Holder and Lea, this was the b - side to Slades original single "Let's Dance (Remix 1988)".
This features a horn section (including the only saxophone solo in Slade history) and scatter gun lyrics style. Chris Ingham wrote "The result if 1 of Slade's great underexposed rockers. Holder's lyrics lustily appreciates the merits of "Good Time Gals"."
The track was covered by Polish band 'Sapo'.
In a mid 1989 Slade fan club magazine interview, Powell was asked if there was a Slade track that he felt was one of the band's best efforts on record. Powell replied "Difficult to say, I suppose "Standin' On The Corner", from the film "Flame". It's got a great swing to it and its the 1st time we even used brass."
Dave Hill - lead guitar, backing vocals
Noddy Holder - lead vocals, guitar
Jim Lea - bass guitar, synthesizer, backing vocals
Don Powell - drums
Jim Lea for Perseverance Ltd. - producer on "Let's Dance (Remix 1988)"
Chas Chandler - producer on "Standing On The Corner"