Slade – We Are All Crazy

We Are All Crazy Now

45 minute set from 1972.  Whenever I hear live Slade material I’m dumbstruck; how does Noddy’s voice make it through a show? Always does, rarely misses a note, and never a wail.  I do miss the reverbed handclaps – it’s a soundboard, and crowd noise is very minimal when they’re going full blast.  

Dave Hill’s guitar tone is scuzz-tastic; “Look Wot You Dun” is fuzz, grit and growl.  Slade rips through Janis Joplin’s “Move Over” at time and a half, making Janis’ full tilt boogie more full scale violation (it makes the version on Slayed? a joke).  I love that they follow “Mama Weer All Crazy Now” with one of their hot jazz tributes, this time George & Ira Gershwin’s “Lady Be Good”.  

Eight songs in and Noddy’s getting annoyed that some people just aren’t as into it as they should be; once he gets them stomping it’s crowd favorite time – “Take Me Bak ‘Ome”.  Again – louder, gnarlier, stompin’ier.  They close with a pair of Little Richard numbers – “Get Down And Get With It” and “Good Golly, Miss Molly” – that might even shake the architect of rock and roll down to his foundations.  Oh yeah, I went there.

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