"Slade On Stage" was Slades 3rd and final live album release, it was released and produced by the band themselves via RCA record label on 11th December 1982.
This album reached number 58 on the U.K. chart, the band's last live album had gone nowhere commercially and although "Slade On Stage" wasn't a massive seller, it did show the quality in their live performance.
After Slade's return to the charts and public eye after their performance at the Reading Festival of 1980, the band released 2 studio albums and gained more commercial success, although not on the scale of the band's glam rock peak. The band again decided to release a live album despite the previous 1978 live album "Slade Alive Vol Two" failing to chart during the band's low popularity period.
The release proved Slade were still a respectable live act. The band could now base their set list upon new anthems such as "Rock And Roll Preacher" (which replaced their longtime openers "Hear Me Calling" and "Dizzy Mama"), plus newer songs like the hit "Lock Up Your Daughters", "When I'm Dancin' I Ain't Fightin'' and 1981 top 10 hit "We'll Bring The House Down" as well as older hits such as "Take Me Bak 'Ome", "Everyday", "Gudbuy T'Jane" and "Mama Weer All Crazee Now".
"Slade On Stage" was released via RCA record label on 11th December 1982.
This was recorded at Newcastle City Hall, the album was reportedly supposed to be a double live album. Other sources state this idea was cancelled after some tracks were lost because a member of the audience continuously shouted vulgar words into an ambient microphone for roughly half of the set.
The album's artwork was re worked from the band's 1982 Christmas single "(And Now The Waltz) C'est La Vie" which featured the same design. The exact photo design is used on both releases, with only the text design differing.
The back cover credits a special on tour thanks to numerous people with the final line writing "...and all you nutters."
"Slade On Stage" was originally released on 12" vinyl and cassette.
In 2006, as part of the Slade remaster project by Salvo, "Slade On Stage" was included on the 2 CD disc set "Slade Alive! - The Live Anthology", covering all the band's 3 official live albums and the 2 1980 extended plays "Alive At Reading '80" and "Xmas Ear Bender", both recorded live at Reading. "Slade On Stage" was not released separately from the set nor was "Slade Alive Vol Two".
Kerrang stated "Watching Slade live is one of the most exhilarating experiences known to mankind. Its a completely over the top manic and raucous package, delivered at a pace that makes even Kiss seem like old men. So pin back your ears, reinforce your walls and listen to Noddy Holder bellowing through 10 gems including "Take Me Bak 'Ome" and "We'll Bring The House Down'" Some light relief is supplied by "Everyday". What are you waiting for? Go Out and buy it now.
The album was largely promoted by the band's live performances, whilst the band's 1982 Christmas single "(And Now The Waltz) C'est La Vie" saw Slade appear on the U.K. TV programme Razzmatazz shortly before the album's release.
The album reached number 58 on the U.K. chart.
Track Listing - 12" LP U.K.
A1. Rock And Roll Preacher (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 5:18
A2. When I'm Dancin' I Ain't Fightin' (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 3:47
A3. Tak' Me Bak 'Ome (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 4:40
A4. Everyday (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 3:20
A5. Lock Up Your Daughters (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 4:02
B1. We'll Bring The House Down (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 4:25
B2. A Night To Remember (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 8:28
B3. Gudbuy T'Jane (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 4:46
B4. Mama Weer All Crazee Now (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 3:00
B5. You'll Never Walk Alone (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers) - 0:35
Rock And Roll Preacher
"Rock And Roll Preacher" written by Holder and Lea, was released as a single in Germany only and peaked at number 49 on their chart, No promotional video was created for the single however the song was performed on the German TV show Musikladen on 11th March 1982. This was the only real promotion for the single although the band would perform the song in Germany again whilst promoting the 1984 single "All Join Hands" appearing in December on Thommys Pop Show, a German Television show from ZDF. The track replaced Slade's cover of "Hear Me Calling" as an opener for each live concert.
When I'm Dancin' I Ain't Fightin'
""When I'm Dancin' I Ain't Fightin'" written by Holder and Lea, this was originally released as a single by Slade via Cheapskate record label (Slade's own label) on 26th September 1980 and peaked at number 44 on the U.K. chart and was the main track on the E.P. "Alive At Reading ‘80". The song became part of Slade's live set. Chris Ingham stated "When I'm Dancin' I Ain't Fightin'" is a catchy rock song with a sing a long hook."
Allmusic wrote "When I'm Dancin' I Ain't Fightin" is pure classic Slade. This is just the type of song that made people go crazy over this band in the 1st place, and it stacks up to their chart topping singles."
Tak' Me Bak 'Ome
"Tak' Me Bak 'Ome" written by Holder and Lea, this was originally released as a single by Slade via Polydor record label on 26th May 1972 and reached number 1 on the U.K. chart.
In an August 1972 interview for Sounds magazine, Hill stated "'Coz I Luv You" was a different kind of song, I thought that was the perfect simple song that made number one so easy, you know ? "Look Wot You Dun" was a classic kind of song, with a clean, classy arrangement to it, but then "Tak' Me Bak 'Ome" was a live, earth dirt song I felt much more out of that than I did from all the rest, it projected more, and it wasn’t just a hit record. I didn’t know if that kind of song could make it, and it was great having a thick, dirty song up at number 1."
"Everyday" written by Holder and Lea, this was originally released as a single by Slade via Polydor record label on 29th March 1973 and reached number 3 on the U.K. chart.
Upon its release, the band knew they were taking a risk but "Everyday" had become a firm favourite on stage when the crowd would sing along, which they never expected.
The song was born out of an evening at Leas house when his friends asked how he wrote songs. Leas wife promptly sang the opening of the verse which Lea later completed. This was a recording that guitarist Hill didn't actually play on, as he was away on honeymoon and so he missed the recording sessions. Lea did all the guitar parts.
Lock Up Your Daughters
"Lock Up Your Daughters" written by Holder and Lea, this was originally released as a single by Slade via Polydor record label on 4th September 1981 and reached number 29 on the U.K. chart.
This single had a more metal influenced sound, much like the 1980 hit "We'll Bring The House Down" after Slade's performance at Reading 1980 attracted many metal fans. This track became a staple at concerts, the track had a similar sounding riff to Whitesnake's 1980 release 'Fool For Your Loving'. The song featured on Top of The Pops as well as a small number of European TV shows
We'll Bring The House Down
"We'll Bring The House Down" written by Holder and Lea, this was originally released as a single by Slade via Cheapskate record label (Slade's own label) on 23rd January 1981 and reached number 10 on the U.K. chart.
This track was Slade's 1st hit single since 1977. The style of the track shown Slade's sound heading towards a heavier rock genre. The track became part of Slade's live song set.
Allmusic wrote "The title track is automatic. 1 listen and you'll be chanting along, just as Slade audiences did ever since the band started playing the song. An absolute must hear."
A Night To Remember
"A Night To Remember" written by Holder and Lea is a fast and frantic track. The track fit with Slade's live set, allowing a drum, bass and violin solo. Holder told the fan club in 1981 ""A Night To Remember" is an out and out rock track, in the "Dizzy Mama" vein. It’s all solid rock riffs and a bit of a boogie number. We’ll be doing this one onstage for sure. It’s a number about a guy waiting to see his chick again there’s no real story to it, it’s basically a quickly knocked off thing with rock riffs and a good beat to it."
"Gudbuy T'Jane" written by Holder and Lea, this was originally released as a single by Slade via Polydor record label on 17th November 1972 and reached number 2 On the U.K. chart.
The idea to this song came to Lea while he was sitting by a pool in San Diego.
He completed it in the toilet in the plane on the flight home. 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. Holder completed his lyrics just prior to the recording session.
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.
Mama Weer All Crazee Now
"Mama Weer All Crazee Now" written by Holder and Lea, this was originally released as a single by Slade via via Polydor record label on 25th August 1972 and reached number 1 on the U.K. chart.
Originally, the idea was to release the single with pre radio plays and pre orders, in hopes the single would go straight to number 1 during the 1st week of release. The single entered the charts on its 1st week at number 2, then followed by number 1 for the next 3 weeks in September 1972. The single fared less well in the U.S.A. where it peaked at number 76.
The song was originally titled "My My We're All Crazy Now" the title was changed by manager Chas Chandler, the spelling, of course was adapted by the band's own traditions.
You'll Never Walk Alone
"You'll Never Walk Alone" written by Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers not much to say about this really
apart from it was normally Slades last song to finish off and get the crowd singing more before Slade departed.
Dave Hill - lead guitar, backing vocals, producer
Noddy Holder - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, producer
Jim Lea - bass guitar, electric violin, backing vocals, producer
Don Powell - drums, producer
Andrew Christian - sleeve design
Dave Garland - engineer
George Peckham - cutting engineer
Mike Robinson - mixing
Colin Newman - album title
Partridge Rushton - typography