Everyday (Slade song)

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"Everyday"
German/Yugoslavia cover of "Everyday".
Single by Slade
from the album Old New Borrowed and Blue
B-side Good Time Gals
Released 29 March 1974
Format 7" Single
Genre Glam rock, piano rock
Length 3:05
Label Polydor Records
Writer(s) Noddy Holder; Jim Lea
Producer(s) Chas Chandler
Slade singles chronology
"Merry Xmas Everybody"
(1973)
"Everyday"
(1974)
"The Bangin' Man"
(1974)
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"Everyday" is a single from glam rock band Slade which appeared on the album Old New Borrowed and Blue.[1] It was written by the usual collaboration of lead singer Noddy Holder and bassist Jim Lea. The single was released in 1974 and peaked at number 3 in the UK, spending 7 weeks on the chart, the shortest time of any charting Slade single at that time.[2] The single's first week upon release peaked at number 6 and stayed in the top 10 for 4 weeks.[3] Everyday marked a change from Slade's usual style. The public did not expect a ballad to be released[4] and - with the exception of Far Far Away - Slade would not reach higher than number 3 in the UK again until 1983's My Oh My.[5]

The single was certified UK Silver by BPI in April 1974.[6]

The single was awarded a Silver Disc only three days after its release.[7][8]

The Record Mirror polls of early 1975 voted "Everyday" in the top ten singles poll.[9][10]

The single peaked at number 206 for 1974 on rateyourmusic.[11]

Background[edit]

Upon its release, the band knew they were taking a risk but Everyday had become a firm favourite on stage when the crowd would sing along - which they never expected.[4]

The song was born out of an evening at Lea's house when his friends asked how he wrote songs. Lea's wife promptly sang the opening of the verse which Lea later completed. This was a recording that guitarist Dave Hill didn't actually play on, as he was away on honeymoon and so he missed the recording sessions. Jim Lea did all the guitar parts.[12]

Originally, the band did not want the song released as a single but Chas Chandler did. After a big argument, the single was agreed to be released. This was mainly between Chandler and Lea, during the flight to Australia for the band's short tour there.[13]

Record Mirror magazine released a short article based on the upcoming release of the single. "Slade's new single, by popular demand, will be "Everyday" c/w "Good Time Gals" - both taken from their number one album "Old New Borrowed and Blue". The cuts, both Lea/Holder compositions, are released on March 29 in time for the big Slade tour. A spokesman for the band said album tracks had been used purely because of the big demand."[14]

The front cover of the Slade Fan Club Newsletter for April and May 1974, featured a reprint of Holder's original handwritten lyrics for the song.[15][16][17]

In April 2005, the single was listed at number 9 of 100 on BBC Radio 2's Sold on Song library.[18]

By the time Slade released "Everyday" in March 1974, they were the biggest pop phenomenon the UK had seen since The Beatles a decade before. But "Everyday" broke with the Midland band's tradition of foot-stomping, dancefloor-breaking hits. Although 1973 had seen them become the first group ever to have three singles enter the charts at number 1 ("Cum On Feel The Noize", "Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me" and the hardy perennial "Merry Xmas Everybody"), "Everyday" was Slade's first ballad - which may explain its relatively disappointing number 3 chart position. As ever, the song came from Slade’s own Lennon & McCartney - bassist Jim Lea and rhythm guitarist/ singer Noddy Holder. From early on in Slade’s history it had been these two who fuelled the band's success, but both knew that for the laddish, big-booted, Slade, releasing a ballad was a calculated risk. The song originated at a party at Jim Lea's house. Asked how to write a hit song, he replied with the standard "Easy, anyone can do it", and then sat down at the piano and - with a little help from his wife Louise - began the song which became "Everyday". Holder then added the decidedly affectionate and most un-Slade-like lyrics. Although never one of Slade's biggest hits, "Everyday" soon became a fans' favourite in concert, with its chorus regularly sung back to the band. It was a rare sentimental concession from the band who built their reputation on some of the best-loved rock 'n' roll of the 1970s.[19]

In 2013 the song was used as part of the UK advert for the Nexus 7 Tablet. As a result it re-entered the UK chart in late November at number 93.[20] On 1 December 2013 the song rose to number 69, due to downloads. [21]

Promotion[edit]

No promotional video was created for the single as at the time, Slade were busy with the 'Crazee Nite' UK tour, and had no time to record a video. The band made TV appearances on the usual UK show Top of The Pops, and the UK show Jim'll Fix It as well as a performance on the Jimmy Savile UK show Clunk, Click. The song was also performed on the Dutch TV show Top Pop.[22][23]

Track listing[edit]

7" Single
  1. "Everyday" - 3:05
  2. "Good Time Gals" - 3:28

Critical reception[edit]

Upon release, Record Mirror wrote "Gone the stomping, barnstorming, rabble-rousing - gone temporarily, as Slade enter a gentle ballad era. It'll only last for one single, in fact; but it's a quite remarkable change of style for the young gentlemen. The plaintive side of Nod emerges on the song he wrote with Jim. Mind you, the rasp has not vanished from Nod's voice. This lull, this leaning on lilting rather than lambasting, is not only welcome - it's great stuff. Lovely little melody; nice performance. Smash hit. And already one of my favourite Slade efforts - chart certain."[24][25]

In early 2010, Classic Rock magazine featured Slade as part of their ‘The Hard Stuff Buyers Guide’ where the magazine reviewed numerous Slade albums. As part of this article, an ‘Essential Playlist’ listed 14 Slade songs which included Everyday.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1974) Peak
position
Total
weeks
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[26] 20 12
Austrian Singles Chart[27] 13 8
Belgian Singles Chart[28] 22 2
Dutch Singles Chart[29] 4 9
French Singles Chart[30] 28 5
German Singles Chart[31] 17 14
Irish Singles Chart[32] 4 5
New Zealand Singles Chart[citation needed] 4 ?
Norwegian Singles Chart[33] 3 19
Swiss Singles Chart[34] 7 9
UK Singles Chart[35] 3 7
Chart (2013) Peak
position
Total
weeks
UK Singles Chart 69 2

Cover versions[edit]

  • In 1992, Finnish actor and singer Samuli Edelmann recorded the song which appeared on the album "Yön Valot" under the title "Enkeli". Finnish musician Kari Kuivalainen was given writing credit for the changed lyrics.
  • In 2005, English hard rock band The Quireboys released a cover of the song as b-side to their single "Tears in Heaven".[36]
  • Other artists who have recorded the song are Claudine Winter, Go Crazy, Four jets, Studio 99, Gentle Fire, Kari Kuivalainen, Time and SAPO.[37]

Personnel[edit]

  • Noddy Holder: Lead vocals and guitar
  • Jim Lea: Bass guitar, lead guitar, piano and backing vocals
  • Don Powell: Drums

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Slade - Old New Borrowed And Blue at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  2. ^ "Slade - Everyday". Chart Stats. 1974-05-18. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  3. ^ "Slade". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  4. ^ a b Slade's remastered album booklet Old New Borrowed and Blue
  5. ^ http://www.chartstats.com/
  6. ^ "Home". BPI. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  7. ^ http://sladefanclub.weebly.com/uploads/7/6/6/0/7660950/7358453_orig.jpg
  8. ^ Slade Fan Club Newsletter June - July 1974
  9. ^ http://sladefanclub.weebly.com/uploads/7/6/6/0/7660950/7669357_orig.jpg
  10. ^ Slade Fan Club Newsletter February - March 1975
  11. ^ "Everyday / Good Time Gals by Slade : Reviews and Ratings". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  12. ^ Slade's Greatest Hits compilation booklet
  13. ^ Slade Documentary Perseverance 1986 Interview
  14. ^ Record Mirror magazine 9 March 1974
  15. ^ http://sladefanclub.weebly.com/uploads/7/6/6/0/7660950/9174505_orig.jpg
  16. ^ Slade Fan Club Newsletter April - May 1974
  17. ^ http://sladefanclub.weebly.com/uploads/7/6/6/0/7660950/3875848_orig.jpg
  18. ^ "Radio 2 - Sold On Song - Top 100 - no. 9 'Everyday'". BBC. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  19. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/soldonsong/songlibrary/everyday.shtml
  20. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ampxUxIaf7M
  21. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/singles-chart/
  22. ^ http://sladefanclub.weebly.com/uploads/7/6/6/0/7660950/4356911_orig.jpg
  23. ^ Slade International Fan Club newsletter June - July - August 1986
  24. ^ http://www.sladescrapbook.com/userimages/slade743.JPG
  25. ^ Record Mirror magazine 30 March 1974
  26. ^ "Go-Set Australian charts ~ 1974". Poparchives.com.au. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  27. ^ Steffen Hung. "Slade - Everyday". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  28. ^ http://www.ultratop.be/nl/showitem.asp?interpret=Slade&titel=Everyday&cat=s
  29. ^ Steffen Hung. "Slade - Everyday". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  30. ^ http://www.infodisc.fr/Bilan_S.php
  31. ^ musicline.de / PhonoNet GmbH. "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche". musicline.de. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  32. ^ Jaclyn Ward - Fireball Media Ltd. - http://www.fireballmedia.ie (1962-10-01). "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  33. ^ Steffen Hung. "Slade - Everyday". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  34. ^ Steffen Hung. "Slade - Everyday". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  35. ^ "Slade - Everyday". Chart Stats. 1974-05-18. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  36. ^ "Tears in Heaven: Quireboys: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  37. ^ "SLADE @ www.slayed.co.uk". Crazeeworld.plus.com. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 

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