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Slade had been a working band for a number of years before achieving major success. In 1969, under the name of Ambrose Slade, they recorded a hard rock album, including material written by some of the artists Peel had played on Top Gear, but it was unsuccesful - although it did eventually turn up (at 3:26) among the rare records from his collection in the Rare, Precious Or Beautiful video he made in 1995. They then decided to change their image and become a skinhead band - a move prompted by their manager Chas Chandler, who had previously handled Peel favourites Jimi Hendrix and Soft Machine and knew how to use publicity to good effect. Under Chandler's guidance they quickly became a chart-topping band. But even if their early image didn't endear them to Peel's audience of that time (skinheads being known for beating up hippies) their first hit was "Get Down With It", a cover of a song by Peel favourite Little Richard, so the DJ was intrigued enough to book them for a session in 1972.
In an article written by Peel for Super Star Magazine  in 1974, he mentioned the band as making the 70's as an exciting musical era:
In some 27 years of buying records I cannot remember having ever sat down and listened to a band's entire recorded output as I have done with Slade's today. Hearing the early material for the first time and hearing the great hits again after a year or two, I'm genuinely impressed with the part the band have played in making the 1970s such an exciting musical era. And I don't say that because I'm paid to say it either.
Peel on the same article also predicted that the end of the 70's, Slade would be responsible for the best of British popular music:
I'm confident that we'll be able to look back at the 1970s and say, without fear of contradiction, that Slade have been responsible for the very best of British popular music. I expect too that they'll still be making great records in the 1980s. I certainly hope they will.
However, Peel did not predict the rise of punk, which totally changed his music opinions on most bands of the early 70's he liked. Amongst the casualities were Led Zeppelin, Genesis, Yes and Slade itself. None of these bands got any substantial airplay on Peel's shows in the 80's and beyond.
Peel mentioned to Stuart Maconie on his 19 January 1997 show that his favourite Slade song was The Bangin' Man. The song was played on his show after Stuart Maconie had had singer Noddy Holder as a guest on his previous programme.
- Their session only appears to be available on Live At The BBC, Salvo 2009. Although the tracks are credited as coming from Sounds Of The Seventies, the sleeve notes state they were recorded on 9 May 1972.
- Move Over Baby / Let The Good Times Roll / Darlin' Be Home Soon / Keep On Rockin
Other Shows Played
- 22 May 1971: unknown
- 31 March 1972: Keep On Rockin' (LP - Slade Alive) Polydor
- 19 January 1997: The Bangin' Man (7") Polydor
Top Of The Pops
- 22 December 1983 (TOTP): Merry Christmas Everybody (#20 in the chart as of the date of broadcast)
- 05 January 1984 (TOTP): Coz I Luv You (clip from 27/12/71) / My Oh My (#2 in the chart as of the date of broadcast)
- 01 March 1984 (TOTP): Run Runaway (#10 in the chart as of the date of broadcast) (video)
- ↑ In Jonathon Green's Days In the Life (London 1988, p.141) Robert Wyatt is quoted as saying: "Chas was always looking for Slade, and eventually he found them, meanwhile he had to put up with people like us and Jimi Hendrix" .