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