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Cum On Feel the Noize

"Cum On Feel the Noize" is a song by the English rock band Slade, released in 1973 as a non-album single. It was written by lead vocalist Noddy Holder and bassist Jim Lea, and produced by Chas Chandler. It reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart, giving the band their fourth number one single, and remained in the charts for twelve weeks. The song would be included on the band's 1973 compilation album Sladest. In a UK poll in 2015 it was voted 15th on the ITV special The Nation's Favourite 70s Number One.

In 1983, the American heavy metal band Quiet Riot recorded their own version of the song, which was a million-selling hit single in the United States, reaching No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Background

Slade released "Cum On Feel the Noize" in February 1973 as their first single of the year. The song gave the band their fourth number one in the UK, and also their first single to enter number one in its first week. This achievement had not been seen since The Beatles' "Get Back" in 1969. The song remained there for four consecutive weeks and sold 500,000 copies in its first three weeks of release. With "Cum On Feel the Noize", the band's manager Chas Chandler and Polydor's head John Fruin had devised a strategy to get the single to number one on the first week of release. The strategy used pre-release airplay to build up pre-order sales for the single. In America, the song reached No. 98 on the Billboard Hot 100.

"Cum On Feel the Noize" detailed the atmosphere found at the band's concerts. Originally titled "Cum On Hear the Noize", Holder changed the title after recalling one of the band's 1972 UK concerts, where he "felt the sound of the crowd pounding in [his] chest". The song's introduction of Holder shouting "Baby, baby, baby" had just been a microphone test and was not intended for the finished recording.

In a 1984 interview with Record Mirror, Lea spoke of "Mama Weer All Crazee Now" and "Cum On Feel the Noize": "I was at a Chuck Berry gig in '72 and everybody was singing his tunes. He kept stopping and letting the crowd sing and it wasn't just a few people, it was everyone. I thought it was amazing and thought – why not write the crowd into the songs, and so we got round to "Mama Weer All Crazee Now" and "Cum On Feel the Noize" and all the chants were written into the tunes." In a 1986 fan club interview, guitarist Dave Hill said: "The song was based around audiences and things that were happening to us. 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."

Release

"Cum On Feel the Noize" was released on 7" vinyl by Polydor Records in the UK, Ireland, across Europe, Scandinavia, Yugoslavia, America, Israel, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Singapore, Japan and Lebanon. The B-side, "I'm Mee, I'm Now, an' That's Orl", was exclusive to the single and would later appear on the band's 2007 compilation B-Sides.

In December 1983, the song was re-issued by Polydor in the UK on 7" and 12" vinyl. It reached No. 98 and remained in the charts for two weeks. The 7" version featured "Take Me Bak 'Ome" and "Gudbuy T'Jane" as the extra tracks, while the 12" version added "Coz I Luv You".

Promotion

A music video was filmed to promote the single. It was created by Caravelle and recorded at the band's concert at the Hague in the Netherlands. The song was also performed on numerous UK and European TV shows upon release, including the UK music show Top of the Pops.

Critical reception

Upon release, Disc commented: "Slade do this pop/rock stomping better than anyone. Perhaps there's a more obvious melody, but Slade always include a bit of a tune anyway and therein lies their success, and there's a soccer sing-a-long chorus that'll grab you." Sounds described the song as a "rousing, raucous, rocker that follows its predecessors with an instantly recognisable sound". American magazine Cash Box listed the single as one of their "picks of the week" during April 1973. They felt it was another "rollicking rock effort", "teaming [sic] with commercial appeal".

In a retrospective review of the song, Dave Thompson of AllMusic described the song as "a deafening roar in the classic Slade mould" with a "distinctive lyric". He also commented on the "Baby, baby, baby" introduction, stating it was "one of the most distinctive intros of the age". In a retrospective 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." In 1999, Q magazine listed "Cum On Feel the Noize" at No. 96 in their poll of the Top 100 singles of all time. In 2005, they listed the song at No. 62 in their poll "100 Greatest Guitar Tracks Ever!".

Formats

;7" Single #"Cum On Feel the Noize" – 4:24 #"I'm Mee, I'm Now, An' That's Orl" – 3:41

;7" Single (US promo) #"Cum On Feel the Noize" – 4:24 #"Cum On Feel the Noize" – 4:24

;7" Single (Singapore E.P.) #"Cum On Feel the Noize" – 4:24 #"I'm Mee, I'm Now, An' That's Orl" – 3:41 #"Get Down and Get with It" - 4:12 #"Gudbuy Gudbuy" - 3:30

;7" Single (1975 Australian E.P.) #"Cum On Feel the Noize" – 4:24 #"Mama Weer All Crazee Now" – 3:45 #"Everyday" - 3:11 #"Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me" - 3:31

;7" Single (1983 UK re-issue) #"Cum On Feel the Noize" – 4:24 #"Take Me Bak 'Ome" – 3:13 #"Gudbuy T' Jane" – 3:31

;12" Single (1983 UK re-issue) #"Cum On Feel the Noize" – 4:24 #"Take Me Bak 'Ome" – 3:13 #"Gudbuy T' Jane" – 3:31 #"Coz I Luv You" – 3:24

Chart performance

Personnel

;Slade
  • Noddy Holder - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Dave Hill - lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Jim Lea - bass, backing vocals
  • Don Powell - drums

    ;Additional personnel
  • Chas Chandler - producer

    Quiet Riot version



    In 1983, American heavy metal band Quiet Riot covered the song. Their version went on to reach No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1983 and helped their album Metal Health become a number-one hit. The song's success drew huge nationwide attention to the 1980s Los Angeles metal scene and also helped to break Slade belatedly in the US in 1984, after signing a deal with CBS. The song was certified gold by the RIAA. In 2002, Quiet Riot's version of "Cum On Feel the Noize" was ranked No. 80 on VH1's 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders. In 2009, VH1 also ranked it No. 41 of the "best hard rock song of all time".

    Originally, lead vocalist Kevin DuBrow was dead set on not covering the song, because he wanted the band to write every song on the album. In addition, he was not a big fan of Slade. Instead, the band decided to try to cover the song as badly as they could so the label would refuse to release it.

    In a 1983 interview with Kerrang!, Holder spoke of the Quiet Riot version:Speaking to Record Mirror in 1983, Lea stated: "Quiet Riot phoned us up and asked if they could use the song. They were a bit cheeky really because they had already recorded it. I think they've done a very good version. Because of the success of the song in the States, we've also got five major record companies trying to outbid each other and sign us to a major deal. We've had ridiculous offers coming over the phone. We'll give you five Rolls Royces if you go with us, that kind of thing."

    In a Ludwig drums interview, Quiet Riot's drummer Frankie Banali said:

    Music video

    The music video for Quiet Riot's version was a staple on MTV. It featured a teenage boy in his bedroom listening to the song on his stereo in the corner (which is simply an AM/FM receiver on top of two standard rectangular speakers). Suddenly the room starts shaking, and the stereo starts getting larger and larger and louder and louder (with the speakers now wedge shaped and emitting strobe lights). The boy tries twice to futilely turn the volume down on the now massive sized receiver, then tries pulling the plug on it. When he does and the plug comes out of the wall, it's as huge as the stereo and appears to knock him out. The band is then shown playing the rest of the song. At the end, the boy comes to, realizing it was all a dream, and everything is back to normal, including the size of his stereo system.

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    Other cover versions

    In sport, music, film, television and video-games

  • In 1983, British Street-punk band One Way System covered it in an EP alongside their song "Breakin' In".
  • "Cum On Feel the Noize" was subsequently covered by Oasis in 1996 as a B-side to their single "Don't Look Back in Anger".
  • In 1996, Canadian band Bran Van 3000 (BV3) released a cover of "Cum On Feel the Noize" on their first album Glee.
  • Quiet Riot's version of the song appeared on the soundtrack of the film Tropic Thunder. It is featured in the film Otis and in an episode of Malcolm in the Middle. It is also featured on the 2002 game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City on the fictional radio station "V-Rock".
  • In 1997, the Cardiff-based Welsh Oï! band The Oppressed covered the song.
  • In 2006, Bobby Bare, Jr.'s Young Criminals Starvation League recorded the song live in Amsterdam and put it on their live album Nick Nacks And Paddy Whacks.
  • In 2010, the song was covered on The Imagined Village's Empire & Love.
  • In 2011, the song was covered by queercore band Gay For Johnny Depp at their last album What Doesn't Kill You, Eventually Kills You.
  • In 2012, Quiet Riot's cover version was used in the film Rock of Ages, playing over the start of the end credits.
  • In 2014, Slade's version featured in the British supernatural horror film The Quiet Ones.
  • In 2016, Slade's version was used in the TV series Ash vs Evil Dead, in Season 2, Episode 4.
  • In 2017, The Featherz covered the song on their debut album Five Year Itch. This was originally intended for the CD edition of their 2016 single Forget All You Know. Lead singer Danie Centric later formed all-female Slade tribute act Slady.
  • Supporters of the Welsh football side Swansea City A.F.C., have affectionately used the song as a chant for Wilfried Bony with it being chanted "So, come on Wilfried Bony, score some goals for Swansea. They go wild, wild, wild, wild, wild, wild."