Say It's Your Birthday: Slade's Noddy Holder

Today is the birthday of Noddy Holder of Slade, born Neville John Holder on

this day in 1950. Slade was one of the most successful British bands of the

early '70s, forming in Wolverhampton as the N'Betweens. They took on former

Animals' bassist, Chas Chandler as their manager, and he convinced them to

change their name first to Ambrose Slade, then simply Slade. According to

The All Music Guide, many of their records were variations of up-front

in-the-mix lead locals, fat, loud and distorted guitar chords, a basic

foot-stomping beat and anthemic choruses. The simplicity of it all was

amplified even further by the deliberate misspelling of words in the song

titles. They first cracked the UK top 20 with "Get Down And Get With It," and

never looked back. Their next twelve singles were UK top 5 hits, six of them

reaching #1. Despite their British success, Slade barely broke the U.S. Hot

100. Their rise, although meteoric, was brief. The onset of punk in the late

'70s rendered them a joke--Slade was one of the bands that punk was rebelling

against. They enjoyed a brief revival in the early '80s when Quiet Riot

covered "Cum On Feel The Noize" and took it to the top of the charts around

the world. The revival even enabled Slade to chart in the American Top 40

with "Run Runaway" and "My Oh My." Slade recently celebrated their 25th

anniversary and shows no sign of stopping. It is also the birthday of Russell

Hitchcock (Air Supply), Michael Lutz (Brownsville Station), Neil Arthur

(Blancmange), and the late Harry Nilsson.