There are two bands that I’m just stunned more folks in the US who know music don’t know more about*: Slade and Stiff Little Fingers. I picked up Slade’s greatest Hits while in London. Their muddy, crunchy guitar riffs, along with Noddy Holder’s raspy vocals and the screaming energy they’d infuse in so much of what they tackled are just joys to hear. Their original “Cum On Feel the Noize” blows Quiet Riot’s remake out of the water.
Missing from the disc is “When I’m Dancing (I Ain’t Fighting),” a rather brilliant throwback that the band released live, in 1980 or 81, I believe, when they filled in for Ozzy Ozbourne at the Reading Festival.
I love it because it’s not just a brilliant, explosive affirmation of All Things Slade, but because it was also an unabashed return to Glam Rock at the height of New Wave. Coming at the tail end of Punk, it was a refreshing reminder of where the Sex Pistols got their riffs from.
Just found it on the iTunes store. So all is well with the universe once more. And for just $.99.
Now to see how loud those speakers go…
* By contrast, the US band I’m stunned more people in the UK who know music don’t know more about is the Replacements.
A WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING.
LIGHT ICE ACCUMULATION IS EXPECTED LATE SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING…ESPECIALLY OVER SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN. SNOW AMOUNTS WILL RANGE TO AROUND 6 INCHES IN THE MILWAUKEE METROPOLITAN AREA TO 8 TO 12 INCHES IN EAST CENTRAL AND SOUTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN. SINCE SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN…INCLUDING THE MILWAUKEE METROPOLITAN AREA IS NEAR THE RAIN SNOW LINE…UPCOMING FORECASTS OF ICE AND SNOW AMOUNTS WILL LIKELY CHANGE THERE. THOSE WITH TRAVEL PLANS LATE SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING SHOULD KEEP UP WITH THE LATEST FORECASTS.
Right after the current Arctic Cold Fron leaves, of course.
BAM! BAM! BAM!