Xmas Ear Bender

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"Xmas Ear Bender"
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Single by Slade
Released 5 November 1980
Format 7" Single
Genre Rock
Length 10:54
Label Cheapskate Records
Writer(s) Noddy Holder; Jim Lea; Bobby Marchan Jimmy Kennedy
Producer(s) Slade
Slade singles chronology
"Live at Reading (EP)"
(1980)
"Xmas Ear Bender (EP)"
(1980)
"We'll Bring the House Down"
(1980)

"Xmas Ear Bender" is rock band Slade's third extended play (EP) from 1980. The three tracks that appeared on the album included Merry Xmas Everybody, a cover of Okey Cokey as well as Get Down and Get With It. The first and last tracks were recorded at the 1980 Reading Festival ("Merry Xmas Everybody" being a short crowd singalong rather than a full performance), while "Okey Cokey" was the previously-released studio version with crowd noise added to the intro and outro to fit in with the other tracks. The EP peaked at #70 in the UK and stayed in the charts for two weeks.[1] This was the last release before Slade's true comeback single "We'll Bring the House Down".

The EP was later included in its entirety on Slade Alive! – The Live Anthology.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Merry Xmas Everybody" (with The Reading Choir) (Holder/Lea)
  2. "Okey Cokey" (Jimmy Kennedy)
  3. "Get Down and Get With It" (Bobby Marchan)

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
position
Total
weeks
UK Singles Chart[2] 70 2

Personnel[edit]

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

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Producer on "Merry Xmas Everybody" - Slade
  • Mixers on "Merry Xmas Everybody" - Slade; Mike 'Mad Robbo' Robinson
  • Writers of "Merry Xmas Everybody" - Noddy Holder; Jim Lea
  • Backing Choir on "Merry Xmas Everybody" - The Reading Choir
  • Producer on "Okey Cokey" - Slade
  • Mixers on "Okey Cokey" - Slade; Mike 'Mad Robbo' Robinson
  • Writers of "Okey Cokey" - Jimmy Kennedy
  • Producer on "Get Down and Get With It" - Slade
  • Mixers on "Get Down and Get With It" - Slade; Mike 'Mad Robbo' Robinson
  • Writers of "Get Down and Get With It" - Bobby Marchan

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