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Slade - Coz I Luv You / My Life Is Natural (1971)


If I listed my 100 fave songs sure "Cuz I Luv You" would be in. Far to be representative of what the band was and more of a one-shot (a little bit like Gerdundula for Status Quo), more String Driven Thing (but anterior) than Glam rock, maybe we can find in the Turtles' "Happy Together" some of the influence in the bacground riff and melody and East of Eden for the violin. It seems that the initial idea was a Django Reinhardt/Stephan Grapelli "Hot Club" sound and the quested flavour T. Rex's "Hot Love". Note that it's a Lea/Holder song, the 2 missing members in the post-91 Slade line-up, so not sure it's totally legitimous to sing it anymore but since most of the songs were Lea/Holde compostions, it's true it seems difficult for the band to play anything from Slade anymore. Brief, this masterpiece could last 10 min I would not find it long enough. So this 5th single is the one for me to have. And the B-side is another great song too. Catch it here.

This is no less than one of my fave single of last century. If only for the A-side, a classic among the classics, for a reason I couldn't explain, the genius of the simplicity, the evidence of the arrangements, the kind of songs you feel you could find joy to live listening it with a beer in one hand, your beloved next to you and a crowd of singing drinkers around you. But the B-side, "My Life Is Natural" is also a masterpiece, not in the same discipline since here we have the mix between Led Zeppelin (the acoustic guitar), the Who (the electric guitar), Humble Pie (the voice) and the Beatles (the bridges). What else to require from a so-called unidimensional band such as Slade. I doubt any of you will still have the heart to call them a second-zone band once the song finished. We were in October 1971. The band was breaking the charts for the first time and culminated at the top. Strangely, the associated studio album was posponed, shelved and finally never released. Don't know why but there must be an explanation in some biography maybe. Meanwhile, enjoy this great single.



I won't laugh at you when you boo-hoo-hoo coz I luv you I can turn my back on the things you lack coz I luv you I just like the things you do mmm, don't you change the things you do mmm You get me in a spot and smile the smile you got and I luv you You make me out a clown then you put me down I still luv you I just like the things you do mmm, don't you change the things you do mmmm When you bite your lip you're gonna flip your flip but I luv you When we're miles apart you still reach my heart how I love you I just like the things you do mmm, don't you change the things you do mmm, Only time can tell if we get on well coz I luv you All that's passed us by we can only sigh hihi coz I luv you I just like the things you do mmm, don't you change the things you do mmm



I played the sands of time and I loved and lost They give their bodies to two time whores They gambled every thing they got A greedy mind cut out the cards They even loved with another man's wife They even loved her with other men They've also drank a lot of wine Some men have even had a good time My life is natural, hey, hey, hey My life is natural, I said, I said, I said My life is natural, whoa, whoa, whoa My life is natural Maybe tomorrow a change in the life Of the man in the street's gonna come Maybe tomorrow hope it`s tomorrow You got the sands of time and got 'em high They've done their best to wreck their mind Instead of joke they told a lie They started wars so men could die now They try to sus their bodies evil And what is good will take a mind brighter than mine To start to setting the world to right Would take another Christ now My life is natural, hey, hey, hey My life is natural, I said, I said, I said My life is natural, whoa, whoa, whoa My life is natural Maybe tomorrow a change in the life Of the man in the streets gonna come Maybe tomorrow - hope it`s tomorrow

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