If you were at school during the early 1970s, chances are that you too were caught up in my generation's pop stand-off. Forget The Beatles versus The Stones...forget Oasis versus Blur, between 1971 and 1973 you were only allowed to express a preference for one band or the other and never the twain should meet - T.Rex or Slade, which side were you on?
I was firmly on the side of
the guy who wasn't no square
with his corkscrew hair. My
first proper album was 'The
Slider', first live show
T.Rex at the Edmonton Sundown
in 1972 and for about 18
months I listened to no-one
Gradually though, I realised
that there was life beyond
Marc Bolan's Les Paul and began checking out other
things as well - including
Slade, but of course I had to
keep that piece of
information from the kids at
Over the subsequent years, I doubt I've listened to Slade quite as much as T.Rex, old allegiances die hard, but a few of their records did become firm favourites. Here's two of them. Happy birthday Noddy!
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