"You Boyz Make Big Noize" was written by lead singer Noddy Holder and bassist Jim Lea and produced by Jim Lea for Perseverance Ltd. The single was released in the U.K. only via Cheapskate Record Label (Slade's own label) on 27th July 1987.
This single reached number 94 on the U.K. chart, spending only 1 week on the chart.
"You Boyz Make Big Noize" appeared on their 1987 album "You Boyz Make Big Noize".
The single was the 1st released under Cheapskate Record Label (Slade's own label) for years, by this time, Slade had permission from RCA Record Label to release 1 single independently, with RCA Record Label handling the single's distribution. The single featured a Beastie Boys rap styled verses where some lines were sung by each member of the band except Don Powell.
"You Boyz Make Big Noize" also featured the 1st female singer on a Slade single since 1976 on their single "Nobody's Fool", Vicki Brown, wife of singer Joe Brown.
Noddy Holder explained the track in a mid 1987 interview for the Slade fan club shortly before the release of the single. "Well, the situation here is that, although all the members of Slade really like this new song and want to see it released as the next single, RCA Record Label don't want to release it themselves. They have, however, given us the option to release it independently on our own label, with RCA Record Label distributing it. Our deal is not up yet at RCA Record Label, they've just agreed to let us release this one single on our own. CBS Record Label really like the song as well, so it looks like the American version of the album will include this song as the title track. The song is an up tempo rock thing in the 'Beastie Boys' sort of ilk. The b - side will probably be an instrumental version of the same song. There will also be a 12" extended version. At the moment there are several different versions of this song with different lyrics, so we've got to try to decide on which ones we are going to use."
Before the release of the song, Dave Hill described the song as "a 'rock rap' thing with a Beastie Boys feel to it."
The artwork for the single is an exact copy of the same titled album, released earlier in the year.
"You Boyz Make Big Noize" was released via Cheapskate Record Label (Slade's own label) on 27th July 1987.
In a late 1987 fan club magazine interview, Jim Lea was asked who the female singer was on the song. "Vicky Brown, wife of Joe Brown. She was wandering along a corridor and Noddy Holder said "ere, you're female, do you want to be on our record?" She was not supposed to sing, she was supposed to say 2 lines but she sang one of the lines and she had this amazing voice. I wish we had written more for her. The girl on the Get Fresh TV performance was someone else, Brenda Laidler from Newcastle."
Although not clear whether he meant the single or the album, Jim Lea stated around the time "When I listened to "You Boyz Make Big Noize", which is the last thing I did, I thought 'this really stands up, I can put this on and be proud of it'."
In a late 1988 fan club magazine, it was confirmed that on the 12" Noize Remix of "You Boyz Make Big Noize", the extended guitar solo was played by Jim Lea.
The song was recorded at Music Works studio in London.
"You Boyz Make Big Noize" was originally released on 7" vinyl and 12" vinyl.
The 1st pressings of the single accidentally featured the "U.S.A mix" on the b - side instead of the instrumental version that the sleeve stated. In a late 1987 fan club magazine interview, Jim Lea was asked what happened to the instrumental. "My brother Frank would say it was my fault. What happened was I cut it, told him what to do and I actually left but it was not done in the right order. I only found out by accident. If it was anybody’s fault then I take the blame for it but I cannot see how it happened."
The track was performed on U.K. ITV show titled 'Get Fresh' along with another track from their "You Boyz Make Big Noize" album titled "Ooh La La In L.A." on 15th August 1987. Brenda Laidler featured on the show with Slade, miming the female vocals in the track. The show was presented by present Gaz Top, a Slade fan himself, who had created the 1986 Slade documentary titled 'Perseverance'.
In late 1987, bassist Jim Lea spoke about performance on the show. "It is actually a bit difficult to mime to material, having never played it on stage before. To start off with, we had all forgotten how "Ooh La La In L.A." went. You may have noticed Noddy Holder in 1 of the guitar breaks coming over to me as he was running up and down the frets of his guitar. There was an expression on his face as if to say 'I don't know what the f**k I'm doing!' I enjoyed doing that TV and others like it, because there's no aggravation."
"You Boyz Make Big Noize" reached number 94 on the U.K. chart.
Track listing - 7" U.K. Single
A1. You Boyz Make Big Noize (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 3:01
B1. Boyz Instrumental (Noddy Holder, Jim Lea) - 3:02
You Boyz Make Big Noize
"You Boyz Make Big Noize", written by Holder and Lea, this was originally released as a single by Slade via Cheapskate Record Label (Slade's own label) on 27th July 1987 and reached number 94 on the U.K. chart.
This is a Beastie Boys styled rap rock single which was released on Slade's own label Cheapskate Record Label, the 1st time in over seven years that a Slade release wasn't released through a major company. The record had various incarnations and mixes whilst attempting to generate swagger and humour. However, the single only reached number 94 on the U.K. chart. It featured female vocals for the first time since 1976 on their single "Nobody's Fool".
"Boyz Instrumental" written by Holder and Lea, this was the b - side to Slades original single "You Boyz Make Big Noize".
Basically this is the a - side without any lyrics recorded for fans of Leas stadium rock production style and karaoke candidates.
Dave Hill - lead guitar, backing vocals
Noddy Holder - lead vocals, guitar
Jim Lea - bass guitar, synthesizer, backing vocals
Don Powell - drums
Vicki Brown - backing vocals
Jim Lea for Perseverance Ltd - producer on "You Boyz Make Big Noize" and "Boyz Instrumental"