Coz I Luv You

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"Coz I Luv You"

UK/European cover of "Coz I Luv You".
Single by Slade
B-side "My Life Is Natural"
Released 8 October 1971
Recorded 1971
Genre Glam rock
Length 3:24
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Noddy Holder/Jim Lea
Producer(s) Chas Chandler
Slade singles chronology
"Get Down and Get With It"
(1971)
"'Coz I Luv You"
(1971)
"Look Wot You Dun"
(1972)
Audio sample
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Alternative Cover
Dutch cover of "Coz I Luv You".
Alternative Cover
French cover of "Coz I Luv You".

"Coz I Luv You" is a song by Slade, written by Noddy Holder and Jim Lea and produced by Chas Chandler. It was the band's second hit single in the UK and the first of six number one singles. It was released on 30/10/1971 and was last seen on the charts on 05/02/1972 at #44. According to Noddy Holder's autobiography the single sold half a million copies in only two weeks.

Typical of Slade's brash, stomping glam style, it prominently featured Jim Lea's electric violin and quickly reached number one on the UK singles chart, where it stayed for four weeks in November 1971. Originally, the first week of being released, the single hit #26, followed by #8 the next week and #1 the following after. The single was #1 for 4 weeks and stayed at #3 for 3 weeks after.[1]

The single peaked at #82 for 1971 on rateyourmusic and #4062 for overall singles.

Background[edit]

Chas Chandler had put Lea under pressure to write a new track for a single. Lea turned up at Holder's home unexpectedly with his guitar and violin with an idea for a song with a Django Reinhardt/Stephan Grapelli hot club sound. The track was written in half an hour. This began the writing partnership of Holder and Lea which would carry on throughout Slade's career. Originally the band felt the song to be too soft and so clapping was added to the recording. The misspelt titles also became a trademark for Slade, causing a great furore among teachers up and down the country.[2]

The song had no promotional video for the single but was performed on numerous TV shows, both English and European.[3][4]

Ritchie Blackmore spoke of the song in an interview "Is this the MM staff band? I think I recognise it now the guitarist is speeding up. The song isn't bad. I like the violin. It's very course, but the guitar needs speeding up a lot. It can't be East of Eden, and it's certainly not Family. Slade, yes? They are a good group because the don't care about the notes and there is a public wanting that. Another group might be too inhibited to do what they do."[5]

In a November 1980 Sounds magazine interview, Lea spoke of the song. "I didn't even like some of those old ones. We all hated 'Gudbye T' Jane' when we made it, it was knocked up in half an hour at the end of one of our studio sessions. The same for our second single, 'Coz I Luv You'. It was namby-pamby to us, a throwaway for an album. It shot to number one in two weeks and we thought, 'What a pile of shit!' It was so wet."[6][7]

In a December 1984 interview with Record Mirror, the magazine tested Lea's memory by asking him to recall the story behind certain hits. For Coz I Luv You, Lea stated "That was the time when I wrote mainly with Don and Dave wrote wiwth Nod. Nod and I were really into Stephan Grappelli and Django Reinhardt, the violin and stuff, so one afternoon I went over to Nod's on his council estate where he lived with his mum and dad and I said 'hey Nod, why don't we write a song?'. I took my violin with me and said why don't we do a Stephan Grappelli thing. 'Hot Love' was in the charts at the time - Marc Bolan, and I said something like that, dead simple and we wrote the song in half an hour. We got the structure of the tune and Nod just filled in the gaps. That's the only song we've ever written like that."

The song was voted #3 of the top three Slade songs that fans would most want to hear live in the Slade Fan Club Poll of 1979.[8][9]

The song was later used in the film Velvet Goldmine and in an advert for the Ford Transit van.

More recently the song was used in the casting of BBC drama, Life on Mars. The song plays on series two, episode four as a group of swingers in middle-class suburbia dine at a wife swapping party.

The song also features in the film El Lobo, a political thriller revolving around the Spanish terrorist group ETA.

Promotion[edit]

The song had no promotional video created but the song was performed on numerous TV shows, both in the UK and throughout Europe. Another form of promotion was the band's live performances.

The song was performed on the UK show Top of the Pops, whilst the song was included as part of the band's Set of Six performance on UK Granada Television in 1972 featured a similar set to the Slade Alive! album. The song was performed on the Belgian TV show Popshop in 1971, the German TV shows Disco and Beat Club, both in 1971, and the Dutch show Popgala in 1973.

In 1977, the band performed the song on East German TV where the group also mimed several other previous hits, as well as each member being interviewed.[10]

Formats[edit]

7" Single
  1. "Coz I Luv You" - 3:24
  2. "My Life is Natural" - 3:12
7" Single (Polydor "Golden Greats" series reissue)
  1. "Coz I Luv You" - 3:24
  2. "Mama Weer All Crazee Now " - 3:43

Critical reception[edit]

Record Mirror magazine reviewed the single upon release, "Written by Slade men Holder and Lea, this is a natural born successor to "Get Down and Get With It". As they've been riot-raising round the British Isles of late, I've no doubt that this staccato building production will make it. And make it big. Touches of violin, yet, a sturdy foot-pounding sort of build up. Less frantic than of yore, but a really persistent ear-bender."[11]

NME magazine released a review of the single upon release which incorrectly defined the release as a double a-side single. "A good follow-up to the recent hit by Slade, and one which could give the outfit its second successive chart entry. The only drawback is that this is a double a-side disc, and I feel that artists are foolish to try and grab the best of both worlds. In the process, sales are often split down the middle, with the result that neither side is a hit! In this case, I would have thought that "Coz I Luv You" is the obvious plug side because it should satisfy both the mainstream pop and the heavy brigade. It's a rousing hard-hitting number, generating bags of electricity and urgency, but nevertheless blessed with a strong melody line and a chorus with which it's easy to join in. The flip is more progressive and is something of a rave-up with, I imagine, more limited appeal. All the same, a meaty set from Slade and a tight production."[12]

In 2011, The Guardian published a small article based on the single. "It was all about the stomp: Coz I Luv You's bootboy rhythm anchored its swirling, menacing violin line and the two combined to give this single – Slade's first Number 1 – its frightening, primitive edge. The band went on to become the most successful UK singles act of the 70s, but their music – setting aside their Christmas pension plan – never totally lost this hint of muscle and threat. As for the look, there's still something more startling about the band's brickies-in-platform-heels image than any amount of crafted androgyny."[13]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1971) Peak
position
Total
weeks
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[14] 9 14
Belgian Singles Chart (Vl)[15] 7 10
Dutch Singles Chart[16] 2 11
French Singles Chart[17] 21 22
German Singles Chart[18] 9 16
Irish Singles Chart[19] 1 9
New Zealand Singles Chart[citation needed] 24
UK Singles Chart[20] 1 15

Cover versions[edit]

  • In 1971, Alan Caddy Orchestra and Singers released a cover of the song on the album "Six Top Hits".[21]
  • In 1973, Vandyke Brown, Unicorn Express and Indigo Blue recorded the song along with Slade tracks Cum On Feel the Noize and Take Me Back 'Ome for the album Million Copy Hit Songs Made Famous by Slade, T. Rex, Sweet.[22]
  • In 1991, British rock band Go Crazy recorded the song as a tribute to Slade. Go Crazy member Ian Edmundson recorded and produced this cover on his own however it was released under the band's name.[23]
  • In 1992, British alternative rock band The Wonder Stuff recorded the song for the various artists compilation album "Ruby Trax - The NME's Roaring Forty".[24]
  • In 1994, Slade's ex-bassist Jim Lea recorded his own version of the song and released it as a single under the name Jimbo Feat Bull.[25]
  • In 2000, Slade's ex-singer Noddy Holder recorded an acoustic version for English TV show The Grimleys starring Holder himself. The song was released as an MP3 download in 2008 under Slade's own label Whild John Music Ltd.[26]
  • In 2002, German hard rock band Böhse Onkelz recorded the song as a b-side for their single "Keine Amnestie für MTV".[27]
  • Since 2006, English singer James Blunt began performing the song at his live concerts.
  • In 2007, the song was sampled by Evidence for the track titled Things You Do which was included on the album "The Weatherman LP".[28]

Personnel[edit]

  • Noddy Holder: Lead vocals and guitar
  • Jim Lea: Violin and backing vocals
  • Dave Hill: Bass guitar and backing vocals
  • Don Powell: Drums

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Coz I Luv You". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Slade's Greatest Hits compilation booklet
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ Slade International Fan Club newsletter June - July - August 1986
  5. ^ "BLIND DATE WITH RITCHIE BLACKMOREMELODY MAKER OCTOBER 1971". Thehighwaystar.com. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  6. ^ "Related Links". Timesup.dsl.pipex.com. 2005-10-29. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  7. ^ Sounds Magazine - 15 November 1980 - Back From The Dead - Steve Keaton meets Noddy Holder and Jim Lea of Slade
  8. ^ [2][dead link]
  9. ^ Slade Fan Club Magazine January–February 1980
  10. ^ "SLADE @ www.slayed.co.uk". Crazeeworld.plus.com. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  11. ^ Record Mirror magazine 16 October 1971
  12. ^ NME magazine 9 October 1971
  13. ^ Tom Ewing (2011-06-11). "Slade take glam to No 1 | Music". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  14. ^ "Go-Set Australian charts ~ 1971". Poparchives.com.au. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  15. ^ "Slade - Coz I Luv You". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  16. ^ Steffen Hung. "Slade - Coz I Luv You". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  17. ^ "InfoDisc : Tout les Titres par Artiste". Infodisc.fr. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  18. ^ musicline.de / PhonoNet GmbH. "Die ganze Musik im Internet". musicline.de. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  19. ^ Jaclyn Ward - Fireball Media Group - http://www.fireballmedia.ie. "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  20. ^ "Slade - Coz I Luv You". Chart Stats. 1971-10-30. Archived from the original on 2012-07-30. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  21. ^ "Alan Caddy Orchestra And Singers - Six Top Hits - Avenue - UK - NUE 160". 45cat. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  22. ^ "Medium: Million Copy Hit Songs Made Famous by Slade, T. Rex, Sweet - Vandyke Brown, Unicorn Express and Indigo Blue (1973)". Second Hand Songs. 2011-02-21. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  23. ^ "Go Crazy - Coz I Luv You / We Don't Want To Go Home - Toys In The Attic Records - UK - TOY 1". 45cat. 2011-01-16. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  24. ^ "Medium: Ruby Trax - The NME's Roaring Forty - (1992)". Second Hand Songs. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  25. ^ "Jimbo featuring Bull Coz I Luv You UK 5" CD SINGLE (213171)". Eil.com. 2002-04-23. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  26. ^ "Coz I Luv You: Noddy Holder: Amazon.co.uk: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  27. ^ "Böhse Onkelz - Keine Amnestie Für MTV at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  28. ^ "Slade Music Sampled by Others". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 


Preceded by
"Maggie May" by Rod Stewart
UK number one single
13 November 1971 for four weeks
Succeeded by
"Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West)" by Benny Hill