Tuesday 3 October 2017

R is for Slade

Sladey McSladeface

Full bodied
Riggsby and I go back a long way: a very long way. We met at school in, I'm guessing, 1973 and were friends right from the get go. We discovered a lot of stuff for the first time together - you know the sort of things - sex and drugs and rock and roll, to name but three. Even though he now resides in Southern California, we still keep in regular contact. And I know he reads my blog.

Cue today's email from him; it landed first thing this morning whilst I was simultaneously wiping the sleep from my eyes and cursing the alarm. If you're familiar with Swedey McSwedeface, it will all make perfect sense. If not... where have you been?!"

Hi John,

This is a fun idea. "Slade Alive" was (one of) the first album(s) I bought, and one I listened to many times. Their version of 'Born to be Wild' was my favourite track. In the early days of record buying, I also bought Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" I am embarrassed to say. Happily, I did not hold onto that one. I got in the music paper Sounds with Electric Ladyland because I bought a copy that was warped, but the record store closed down and I was unable to exchange it. A very nice person at Sounds arranged for a flat copy to be sent to me.

Of the original albums I still have, I treasure the DAMNED particularly.

All taken in the kitchen, as requested. How's that?

Now with tongues

How's that? It's bloody marvellous, that's what it is. Thank you Riggsby - this one's for you:

The Damned - New Rose (1977) 


  1. A splendid selection Riggsby. There's nowt to be embarrassed about as far as 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' is concerned though. Sir Reginald of Pinner may well be a prime candidate for The (New) Vinyl Villan's 'Had It - Lost It' series, but for my money the true start of his descent lay a couple of years in the future.

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  3. Excellent addition to the Swedey McSwedeface collection!
    And New Rose will always sound good.

  4. Great photos, great post.

    My sister had a warped copy of the Bowie live album. When she took it back to the shop, they were out of stock so they gave her a rare blue vinyl copy instead. She still has that.

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