"Still The Same" was written by lead singer Noddy Holder and bassist Jim Lea and produced by John Punter the b - side was produced by Jim Lea for Perseverance Ltd. This single was released via RCA Record Label on 2nd February 1987.
This single reached number 73 on the U.K. chart, spending 4 weeks on the U.K. chart. This was Slade's last U.K. top 100 charting single from the 80s.
"Still The Same" appeared on their 1987 album "You Boyz Make Big Noize".
To avoid becoming a 'Christmas' hit band, Slade did not release this single for Christmas in 1986 but left it until early 1987. Due to its commercial failure, RCA Record Label and the band wondered what it may have achieved if it was released at Christmas instead. The song was recorded at Air Studios during 1986.
Dave Hill discussed the songs failure in a 1987 fan club interview. ""Still The Same" is basically being regarded as a flop in terms of what was expected of it. I think the record company were mostly disappointed as it was them rather than the group who chose it. It was always up for a single though, right from the demo stage. We have a situation at Radio 1 at the moment where they now run this playlist. There have also been a few changes in the people who run the programmes. We brought this record out, not in the usual Christmas period, which on the face of it seemed to me to be a feasible idea as an attempt to get away from the 'Slade only exist at Christmas time' situation. On listening to opinion though, it seems to have been regarded as another "My Oh My" type song, which perhaps should have come out at Christmas. Everyone can say what they like now, and if it was a hit, they'll all be saying what a great idea it was. When "My Oh My" was released, it was just as slow to take off, but as soon as we got the radio play, it rocketed. "Still The Same" did virtually the same as "My Oh My" chart wise in its 1st few weeks, but at the point where "My Oh My" picked up radio play, "Still The Same" was dropped completely, especially by Radio 1."
"Still The Same" was released via RCA Record Label on 2nd February 1987.
In the booklet of the 2007 Salvo remaster of their "You Boyz Make Big Noize" album, the writer Chris Ingham spoke of "Still The Same" in relation to not releasing the single for Christmas 1986 but after the new year inside, stating "Chosen by the record company, who hoped the record’s anthemic sing a long style would reproduce the success of "My Oh My", it stiffed, immediately raising the question, would it have done any better at Christmas time? Probably not. On the bombastic surface "Still The Same" sounds like a defiant cry of individuality and constancy, but underneath it’s a sad, resigned little song about a couple’s inability to evolve, hardly festive fare."
"Still The Same" was originally released on 7" and 12" vinyl.<br> A commermorative 7" double pack was also released to celebrate 21 years of Slade's career. 2 bonus tracks featured - "The Roaring Silence" and "Don't Talk To Me About Love".
"Still The Same" was produced by John Punter who also created an extended version of the song, Slade's final extended version for any single. The b - side "Gotta Go Home" was produced by Jim Lea, originally exclusive to the single, eventually being released on CD via the 2007 compilation "B - Sides" and the remaster of "You Boyz Make Big Noize". For the commermorative double pack single, "The Roaring Silence" was taken from their "You Boyz Make Big Noize" album whilst "Don't Talk To Me About Love" was exclusive to the double pack. "Don't Talk To Me About Love" was also later issued as the b - side to the later 1987 single "Ooh La La In L.A." and finally on CD via "B - Sides" and the remaster of "You Boyz Make Big Noize". Both of these tracks were produced by Jim Lea himself.
As the single failed to enter the top 60, no promotional video was created, however Slade mimed the track on U.K. TV twice, on 'The Tom O'Connor Show' and 'Saturday Superstore'. 'The Tom O'Connor Show' was performed on 9th February 1987 whilst the 'Saturday Superstore' was performed on 14th February 1987. On The Tom O'Connor Show, the band also performed their 1984 hit "Run Runaway".
Due to the lack of Radio 1 play, it was presumed this was why the single failed to do commercially better. BBC Radio DJs were no longer able to choose what singles were played but by a panel of producers instead. Only 10 singles were added into the "A List" whilst "Still The Same" remained in the "B List".
"Still The Same" reached number 73 on the U.K. chart.
Track listing - 7" U.K. Single
A1. Still the Same (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 4:14
B1. Gotta Go Home (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 3:20
Still The Same
"Still The Same" written by Holder and Lea, this was originally released as a single by Slade via RCA Record Label on 2nd February 1987 and reached number 73 on the U.K. chart.
This was the 1st of 2 tracks produced by John Punter on their album "You Boyz Make Big Noize". He also produced other Slade material such as British and U.S.A. hits "Run Runaway" and "My Oh My". At the time, the single was to avoid the Christmas market in 1986 and so was released in February 1987. Chosen by the record label themselves, who had hoped the record's anthemic sing a long style would reproduce the success of "My Oh My", it flopped, immediately raising the question, would it have done any better at Christmas time? Probably not. Chris Ingham who wrote the album notes for the Salvo remasters stated "on the surface "Still The Same" sounds like a defiant cry of individuality and constancy, but underneath it's a sad, resigned little song about a couple's inability to evolve, not festive fare." Hill explained in a 1987 interview that "in my view deserved to go a lot higher in the charts than it did". The song was recorded at Air Studios.
Gotta Go Home
"Gotta Go Home" written by Holder and Lea, this was the b - side to Slades original single "Still the Same".
This song is an uptempo track. Chris Ingham stated "the guitars and hook of "Gotta Go Home" certainly approximate ZZ Top's routine achievements, but the American band's southern cool, surely the key appeal of the group, was well outside the radar of the brash Wolverhampton boys." The song was recorded at Music Works Studios.
Dave Hill - lead guitar, backing vocals
Noddy Holder - lead vocals, guitar
Jim Lea - bass guitar, synthesizer, backing vocals
Don Powell - drums
John Punter - producer on "Still The Same"
Jim Lea for Perseverance Ltd. - producer on "Gotta Go Home"
Quick On The Draw Ltd. - Design