Rock and Roll Preacher

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"Rock and Roll Preacher"
Sladesingle-rocknrollpreacher.jpeg
German cover of "Rock and Roll Preacher".
Single by Slade
from the album Till Deaf Do Us Part
B-side "Knuckle Sandwich Nancy"
Released April 1982
Format 7-inch single, 12-inch ssingle
Genre Hard rock
Length 3:17
Label RCA
Songwriter(s) Noddy Holder; Jim Lea
Producer(s) Jim Lea
Slade singles chronology
"Ruby Red"
(1982)
"Rock and Roll Preacher"
(1982)
"(And Now the Waltz) C'est La Vie"
(1982)
"Ruby Red"
(1982)
"Rock and Roll Preacher"
(1982)
"(And Now the Waltz) C'est La Vie"
(1982)
Audio sample

"Rock and Roll Preacher (Hallelujah I'm On Fire)" is a single from rock band Slade, released in 1982 from the album Till Deaf Do Us Part. It was written by lead singer Noddy Holder and bassist Jim Lea. The single was released as a single in Germany only and peaked at No. 49 on the chart.[1]

Background[edit]

The track replaced Dizzy Mama as an opener for each live concert. The song opens the 1982 album Slade on Stage as a result. The track has been covered by Sapo and The Sirens.[2]

Although no promotional video was created for the track, it was mimed on German TV at the time of release.[3]

The single was released on 7 inch and 12 inch vinyl. Unlike the 7 inch, the 12 inch version is extended, using the album version of the track which features Holder delivering a mock ceremony of the communion of rock and roll.[4] For the 7" single, Rock and Roll Preacher was edited down from 5:34 to 3:17, most likely in order to gain radio plays.

The b-side Knuckle Sandwich Nancy was a single released in the UK earlier that year.[5]

In the September-December 1986 Slade fan club magazine, the poll results were announced for the 1986 opinion poll based on Slade's material. For the best album track, Rock and Roll Preacher (Hallelujah I'm on Fire) placed at #1. In the same 1986 poll, for the best live song, Rock and Roll Preacher (Hallelujah I'm on Fire) placed at No. 2.

Promotion[edit]

No promotional video was created for the single however the song was performed on the German TV show Musikladen on 11 March 1982. This was the only real promotion for the single although the band would perform the song in Germany again whilst promoting the 1984 single All Join Hands, appearing in December on Thommys Pop Show, a German Television show from ZDF.[6]

Formats[edit]

7-inch single
  1. "Rock and Roll Preacher (Hallelujah I'm On Fire) (7" version)" - 3:17
  2. "Knuckle Sandwich Nancy" - 3:09
12-inch single
  1. "Rock And Roll Preacher (Hallelujah I'm On Fire) (album version)" - 5:34
  2. "Knuckle Sandwich Nancy" - 3:09

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
position
German Singles Chart[7] 49

Personnel[edit]

  • Noddy Holder: lead vocals and guitar
  • Jim Lea: bass guitar, organ and backing vocals
  • Dave Hill: lead guitar and backing vocals
  • Don Powell: drums

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Database and Marketplace for Music on Vinyl, CD, Cassette, MP3 and More". Discogs. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Slade's remastered album Till Deaf Do Us Part booklet
  3. ^ "SLADE @ www.slayed.co.uk". Crazeeworld.plus.com. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Slade - Rock And Roll Preacher at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Slade - Knuckle Sandwich Nancy (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "SLADE @ www.slayed.co.uk". Crazeeworld.plus.com. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  7. ^ 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 10 August 2011.