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"Gudbuy T'Jane"
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German/European cover of "Gudbuy T'Jane".
Single by Slade
from the album Slayed?
B-side "I Won't Let It 'Appen Agen"
Released 17 November 1972[1]
Format 7-inch single
Genre Glam rock, hard rock
Length 3:33
Label Polydor
Songwriter(s) Noddy Holder, Jim Lea
Producer(s) Chas Chandler
Slade singles chronology
"Mama Weer All Crazee Now"
(1972)
"Gudbuy T'Jane"
(1972)
"Cum On Feel the Noize"
(1973)

"Mama Weer All Crazee Now"
(1972)
"Gudbuy T'Jane"
(1972)
"Cum On Feel the Noize"
(1973)
Audio sample

"Gudbuy T'Jane" is a song by the British rock band Slade, released in 1972 as the second single from their third studio album Slayed?. It 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 thirteen weeks.[2] The song was certified UK Silver by BPI in 1973.[3] In the United States, the song reached No. 68.[4]

Background[edit]

During 1972, Slade recorded their third studio album Slayed?, with the lead single "Mama Weer All Crazee Now" being released in August that year. The song topped the UK chart and "Gudbuy T'Jane" followed as a single in November, by which time Slayed? had already been released earlier in the month. "Gudbuy T'Jane" reached No. 2 in the UK and was kept from the top by Chuck Berry's "My Ding-a-Ling". The song reached No. 1 on the New Musical Express Chart,[5] and was also Slade's most successful single of the 1970s in the United States, where it reached No. 68.[4]

The idea for "Gudbuy T'Jane" came to Lea while the band were on an American tour. He first had the idea for the song while sitting by a pool in San Francisco, and then completed the song in the toilet on the plane flight home. Holder, who finished the lyrics, originally changed "Gudbuy T'Jane" to "Hello T'Jane", however Lea felt his original idea sounded better. The titular character was based on a real-life woman who demonstrated a sex machine on an American TV show on which the band appeared. When recording the song, the band settled on their second take. They attributed the loose feel of the recording to the fact they had not played the song until the day of its recording.[6]

In a 1980 interview with Sounds, Lea said of the band's past hits: "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."[7][8] In a 1981 fan club interview, drummer Don Powell cited "Gudbuy T'Jane" as one of his favourite Slade songs.[9][10]

Release[edit]

"Gudbuy T'Jane" was released on 7" vinyl by Polydor Records in the UK, Ireland, across Europe, America, Canada, Scandinavia, Yugoslavia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Singapore and Japan.[11][12] The B-side, "I Won't Let It 'Appen Agen", had appeared on Slayed? as an album track.

Promotion[edit]

Two music videos were filmed to promote the single, both of which were filmed by Caravelle. The first portrayed the band as scientists in an observatory, sporting white coats and clipboards. The second film was recorded at the Rainbow Theatre in London on the afternoon before the band's concert there. Performing the song on the stage, the video shows the band's clothes and instruments covered with "I've Been Slayed" stickers. Later during the actual concert, footage of the audience was filmed during the band's performance of their opener "Hear Me Calling" for use in the video.[13]

In the UK, the band performed the song on the BBC music show Top of the Pops. The band also performed the song on the German TV show Musikladen and the Dutch AVRO TV show TopPop.[14]

Critical reception[edit]

Upon release, Record Mirror commented on the song's "instant power and drive", Holder's "usual gruff efficiency" and the "hustling bass-percussion rhythm".[15] Danny Holloway of New Musical Express said the song was a "rigid rocker" with a "simple little drum intro as the guitars join in, followed by a ferocious bass line".[16][17] In a review of Sladest, Paul Tinelli of AllMusic included the song as one of the band's "finest moments" and described it as an "arena rocker that would get kids up off their seats".[18]

Track listing[edit]

7" Single
  1. "Gudbuy T'Jane" - 3:31
  2. "I Won't Let It 'Appen Agen" - 3:15
7" Single (US promo)
  1. "Gudbuy T'Jane" - 3:31
  2. "Gudbuy T'Jane" - 3:31
7" Single (Singapore E.P.)
  1. "Gudbuy T'Jane" - 3:31
  2. "Look At Last Nite" - 3:06
  3. "Mama Weer All Crazee Now" - 3:45
  4. "I Won't Let It 'Appen Agen" - 3:15

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1972) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[19] 11
Austrian Singles Chart[20] 7
Belgian Singles Chart[21][22] 5
Canadian Singles Chart[23] 72
Dutch Singles Chart[24] 4
French Singles Chart[25] 8
German Singles Chart[26] 3
Irish Singles Chart[27] 2
Japanese Singles Chart[citation needed] 89
New Zealand Singles Chart[citation needed] 12
Norwegian Singles Chart[28] 7
Swiss Singles Chart[29] 4
UK Singles Chart[2] 2
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[30] 68

Personnel[edit]

Slade
Additional personnel

References[edit]

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  7. ^ "Related Links". Timesup.dsl.pipex.com. 29 October 2005. Archived from the original on 28 March 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  8. ^ Sounds Magazine - 15 November 1980 – Back From The Dead - Steve Keaton meets Noddy Holder and Jim Lea of Slade
  9. ^ "1981 - Slade Fan Club www.sladefanclub.com". Sladefanclub.com. Retrieved 2017-07-25. 
  10. ^ Slade Supporters Club Newsletter May–June 1981
  11. ^ "ALL Discography @ www.collectadisc.co.uk". Collectadisc.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-07-25. 
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  13. ^ "1986 - Slade Fan Club www.sladefanclub.com". Sladefanclub.com. Retrieved 2017-07-25. 
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  15. ^ Record Mirror 18 November 1972
  16. ^ "1972 - Slade Fan Club www.sladefanclub.com". Sladefanclub.com. Retrieved 2017-07-25. 
  17. ^ Slade Fan Club Newsletter December 1972 – January 1973
  18. ^ AllMusic Review by Paul Tinelli. "Sladest - Slade | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-07-25. 
  19. ^ "Go-Set Australian charts ~ 1972". Poparchives.com.au. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
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  27. ^ Jaclyn Ward. "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Archived from the original on 3 June 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
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  29. ^ Steffen Hung. "Slade - Gudbuy T'Jane". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  30. ^ "Slade - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 6 October 2016.