Far Far Away (song)

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"Far Far Away"
Sladesingle-farfaraway.jpeg
Single by Slade
from the album Slade in Flame
B-side "O.K. Yesterday Was Yesterday"
Released 11 October 1974[1]
Format 7-inch single
Genre Glam rock
Length 3:33
Label Polydor
Songwriter(s) Noddy Holder, Jim Lea
Producer(s) Chas Chandler
Slade singles chronology
"The Bangin' Man"
(1974)
"Far Far Away"
(1974)
"How Does It Feel"
(1975)

"The Bangin' Man"
(1974)
"Far Far Away"
(1974)
"How Does It Feel"
(1975)
Audio sample
Alternative Cover
German 1993 reissue of "Far Far Away".
German 1993 reissue of "Far Far Away".

"Far Far Away" is a song by the British rock band Slade, released in 1974 as the lead single from the band's first soundtrack album and fifth studio album Slade in Flame, in promotion of the upcoming film of the same name.[2] The song was written by lead vocalist Noddy Holder and bassist Jim Lea, and produced by Chas Chandler. It reached No. 2 in the UK, remaining in the charts for six weeks.[3] The song was certified UK Silver by BPI in November 1974.[4]

Background[edit]

By 1974, Slade had become a big success in the UK, Europe and beyond, however the band felt that continuing to provide 'more of the same' was not what they wanted to do. Their manager Chas Chandler suggested they do a movie, to which the band agreed. To accompany the film, Holder and Lea began writing material for a soundtrack album, which would continue to see the band break out of their successful formula and try different musical ideas.[5] "Far Far Away" was selected as the album's lead single and was released in October 1974, reaching No. 2 in the UK.[3]

"Far Far Away" originated with Holder. While on tour in America, he came up with the opening line while sitting on a balcony overlooking the Mississippi river in Memphis. Manager Chas Chandler urged him to go away and write the song immediately. Holder went to his hotel room and returned half an hour later having completed a basic version of the song, with the title "Letting Loose Around the World".[6] Lea later developed the song further, in particular the chorus. In the band's 1984 biography Feel the Noize!, Lea recalled: ""Far Far Away" was a real collaboration between Nod and myself. The verse was Nod's and the chorus was mine. I wanted to record it like a barrelhouse song with a very airy feel for us but Chas wasn't keen."[7]

In a 1986 fan club interview, guitarist Dave Hill spoke of the song's lyrics: "The song was written about being abroad wasn't it? "Yellow lights go down the Mississippi" and all that - being in the States and wanting to go back home. They were just experiences. Obviously, when you are on the road, you are writing about being on the road, you're writing about what's going on."[8] Holder has cited the song as his favourite Slade song, while drummer Don Powell has stated it to be one of his favourites. Holder recalled in the late 1990s: "The atmosphere, the feel of it, the melody and the lyric, it all sat into place."[9][10][11][12]

Release[edit]

"Far Far Away" was released on 7" vinyl by Polydor Records in the UK, Ireland, across Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines.[13][14] The B-side, "O.K. Yesterday Was Yesterday", would appear as an album track on Slade in Flame. Later in 1975, a 7" flexi-disc was released in the UK by Smiths Crisps as part of their "Chart Busters" series. "Far Far Away" was the A-side, with "Thanks for the Memory (Wham Bam Thank You Mam)" as the B-side.[15] In 1989, a re-issue of the single in the Netherlands was released by BR Music. It featured "How Does It Feel" as the B-side.[16]

In 1992, the song featured on the Soundtrack of the German film Go Trabi Go 2: Das war der Wilde Osten and in the following year the fashion label C&A produced a TV advertisement ("Don Quixote") which used the song.[17] Following the rising popularity of the advert, "Far Far Away" was re-released in Germany that year on 7" and CD formats. It reached No. 19 on the German Singles Chart.[18]

Promotion[edit]

A music video was filmed to promote the single, which was filmed by the same film crew the band were working with for the filming of Flame. Lea later recalled the video would have been directed by either Gavrik Lasey or Richard Loncraine. The video features the band performing the song while wearing their "Flame" outfits.[19][20] In Germany, the band performed the song on the TV show Disco. The band also performed the song on the Dutch AVRO TV show TopPop.[21]

Critical reception[edit]

Upon release, Record Mirror stated that the song featured a "very melodic Noddy, no screaming or shouting", adding "but it's very good, strong chorus line and backing".[22] In a review of Slade in Flame, Rosemary Horride of Disc said: ""Far Far Away" [is] to my mind one of their more classy hits".[23]

Formats[edit]

7" Single
  1. "Far Far Away" - 3:33
  2. "O.K. Yesterday Was Yesterday" - 3:51
7" Single (1975 Smiths Chart Busters release)
  1. "Far Far Away" - 3:33
  2. "Thanks for the Memory (Wham Bam Thank You Mam)" - 4:33
7" Single (Dutch 1989 release)
  1. "Far Far Away" - 3:33
  2. "How Does It Feel" - 5:55
7" Single (German 1993 release)
  1. "Far Far Away" - 3:33
  2. "Skweeze Me Pleeze Me" - 4:26
CD Single (German 1993 release)
  1. "Far Far Away" - 3:34
  2. "Mama Weer All Crazee Now" - 3:41
  3. "Skweeze Me Pleeze Me" - 4:26
CD Single (German 1993 release, cardboard version)
  1. "Far Far Away" - 3:34
  2. "Skweeze Me Pleeze Me" - 4:26

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1974) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[24] 23
Belgian Singles Chart[25] 24
Dutch Singles Chart[26] 13
Finnish Singles Chart 12
French Singles Chart[27] 49
German Singles Chart[28] 8
Irish Singles Chart[29] 2
New Zealand Singles Chart[30] 16
Norwegian Singles Chart[31] 1
UK Singles Chart[32] 2
Chart (1993) Peak
position
German Singles Chart[18] 19

Personnel[edit]

Slade
Additional personnel

Cover versions[edit]

  • In 1993, the electronic band Red 2 recorded a cover of the song and released it as a single in Germany and Belgium.[33]
  • In 1995, Czech metal band Arakain recorded a version (Dal Dal Se Ptej) for their album Legendy
  • In 1996, the reformed version of glam rock band Mud performed the track live.
  • In 1999, Denmark band Pretty Maids recorded a version for their album First Cuts... and Then Some.
  • In 2006, Denmark band Fenders recorded a cover of the song on their album It's Magic - hits fra 70'erne.
  • In 2012, the song was covered and translated to Ukrainian by singer-songwriter Yuriy Veres for his 2012 album 60/70.
  • In 2012, The Wonder Stuff covered the song on a disc of cover versions called From the Midlands with Love that accompanied their Oh No It's... The Wonder Stuff CD.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.45cat.com/record/2058522
  2. ^ "Slade - Slade In Flame at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
  3. ^ a b "slade | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2017-07-23.
  4. ^ "Home". BPI. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
  5. ^ Slade in Flame - 2007 Salvo remaster booklet liner notes
  6. ^ Slade International Fan Club newsletter June - July - August 1986
  7. ^ Charlesworth, Chris (1984). Slade, Feel the Noize!: an illustrated biography. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-0538-X.
  8. ^ http://www.crazeeworld.plus.com/slade/history-info-interviews1a.htm
  9. ^ Noddy Holder (14 September 2000). Who's Crazee Now?. Ebury Press. ISBN 978-0091875039.
  10. ^ "CD Album - Slade - Slade In Flame - Salvo - Europe". 45worlds.com. Retrieved 2017-07-23.
  11. ^ "1981 - Slade Fan Club www.sladefanclub.com". Sladefanclub.com. Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  12. ^ Slade Supporters Club Newsletter May–June 1981
  13. ^ "ALL Discography @ www.collectadisc.co.uk". Collectadisc.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-07-23.
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  15. ^ "Slade - Far Far Away (Flexi-disc) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2017-07-23.
  16. ^ "Slade - Far Far Away / How Does It Feel - BR Music - Netherlands - BR 45229". 45cat. Retrieved 2017-07-23.
  17. ^ "C&A Don Quixote". YouTube. 1962-03-16. Retrieved 2016-10-09.
  18. ^ a b "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche". musicline.de. Retrieved 2017-07-23.
  19. ^ Slade International Fan Club newsletter June - July - August 1986
  20. ^ "1986 - Slade Fan Club www.sladefanclub.com". Sladefanclub.com. Retrieved 2017-07-23.
  21. ^ "Slade - Far Far Away • TopPop". YouTube. Retrieved 2017-07-23.
  22. ^ Record Mirror magazine 12 October 1974
  23. ^ "1974 Press Cuttings". Slade Scrapbook. Retrieved 2017-07-23.
  24. ^ "Slade - Far Far Away". australian-charts.com. Archived from the original on 23 September 2016. Retrieved 2013-02-22.
  25. ^ "Slade - Far Far Away". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2013-02-22.
  26. ^ Steffen Hung. "Slade - Far Far Away". dutchcharts.nl. Archived from the original on 25 October 2012. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
  27. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 October 2013. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
  28. ^ Steffen Hung. "germancharts.com - Slade - Far Far Away". Germancharts.de. Retrieved 2017-07-23.
  29. ^ "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Archived from the original on 3 June 2009. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
  30. ^ "Song artist 199 - Slade". Tsort.info. Retrieved 2016-10-09.
  31. ^ Steffen Hung. "Slade - Far Far Away". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
  32. ^ "Slade - Far Far Away". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
  33. ^ "Red 2 - Far Far Away (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2011-08-10.

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