8/18/16

Slade - Mama Weer All Crazee Now / Man Who Speeks Evil (1972)



Last of the Slade early singles re-ups. Once again for the B-side. The A-side is the Beatles ("Get Back", "Birthday", "Everybody's got something to hide") arranged for the glam taste (initially I thought "Telegram Sam" was used as the paradigm but now I feel the Beatles were more the main influence of the song even if one must be deaf not to hear that the T. Rexmania was at its peak and that Slade wanted to share some of the glitters. I'll gather them on a single compilation if I've some courage but nothing sure so it's safer to catch it here.

In August 1972, Chas Chandler decided to send in the charts the new single of his "protégés" directly to n°1. So, he provided the single to the radios before releasing it (a common way to do since this time) but it failed and the single reached n°2 the 1st week, having to wait for a week more to get to n°1. Actually, it's the beginning of the Slade routine, the song being a T. Rex rip off (of "Telegram Sam") with a little Beatles flavour (of "Savoy Truffle"), and the formula would then become a little tedious. But I still post it for the B-side, a non-album track being here a rip off of ... "Rip Off" from T. Rex too !!! Although it is played in a sort of Led Zeppelin goes glam way. A good one indeed with a rather dark lyrical content about politicians. One of the last time Slade would be a normal rock band.





His mind is hurt so with grief He sits and watches the grass or leaves He can tell when a new one grows he can And watches as maggots flee from the throat of a dead man Across two seas he can hear, And grabs your words before you speak them He hears the sound of drinking grass he does An the Arctic moves its gigantic load for his owner's sake? He's a man who speeks evil, he's a man who is evil He looks on evil as a good thing He can speek evil, he can hear evil, he really really lives it He can feel that all his thoughts are changing That all his thoughts are changing by the hour, he can feel This man is hurt so with grief, he sits and watches the grass or leaves He talks to them all an' they grow, he does And wanders like a God, made deep inside-out, down below you know He's a man who speeks evil, he's a man who is evil He looks on evil as a good thing He can speek evil, he can hear evil, he really really lives it

7 comments:

79deadman said...

Nice

Anonymous said...

LOL How can you say any of those songs are rip offs?
They sound nothing like T-Rex at all. Much harder and better. Not just da-be-du-a Bolan style stuff.

dkelvin said...

Because they are. But deaf are those who don't want to hear. Being harder and better doesn't mean it's not a rip off. Strange comment.
dk

Anonymous said...

Hey man this is a great blog on slade .Slade were influenced by many people as all bands are but Trex was not one of them.To say mamma weer all crazee is a rip off of telegram sam is just complete nonsence .The two songs are light years apart so I say its you who needs to open your ears.You were right on one thing though ,the Zeppelin link, but the fact is it was Zeppelin who were allways tying to capture the power that was SLADE but never really made it.

dkelvin said...

Oh listen all Slade fans, you become such a bore. First listen to Telegram Sam and if you don't see that Slade's song is a rip off, so go to buy yourself new ears. I lived this period and at the times it would have shocked nobody to write that Slade were imitating T. Rex. Even the Stones, Ten Years After and Hot Tuna were doing it. If you don't believe it, go to hell.
dk

Anonymous said...

Hey I've been a fan since the early days and went to numerous gigs all over the place . And just for you I just relistened to both songs again and I still say I am right ,but hey you have a right to express your opinion and I respect that ,but I'm sure 99.9% of people would not agree with you. Slade never ever imitated Trex ,they were like chalk and cheese to each other. Bolan was always for the girls but Slade were a real hard rockin band that could blow away any other band in the world live. Believe me I was there and witnessed it so many times. By the way I've just been to hell pizza is that what you mean ?

Hazy Dave said...

Well, in any event, I never heard this Slade song before, so thanks for making it available for listening (even though the download link is dead).