Slade are back, for their fifth number one single in a year and a half, with an intro that goes: Slade, slade, slade, slade, sladesladesladesladeslade…
Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me, by Slade (their 5th of six #1s)
3 weeks, from 24th June – 15th July 1973
If you were being kind you’d say it was Slade at their Sladest; if you weren’t you’d say it was Slade by numbers. The intro sounds like a blend of ‘Mama Weer All Crazee Now’ and ‘Cum on Feel the Noize’’s, while the lyrics reference ‘Take Me Back ‘Ome’. In fact, the girl in this one might just be the same as featured in that earlier hit…
You got rude talk, You got one walk, All your jokes are blue… She’s a wild one. And Noddy’s quite confident that he can show her the way: You know how to please me, Woah-oah, You’re learnin’ it easy, Woah-oah… If you tune in and listen to the lyrics, they range from the raunchy – a lot of squeezing and pleasing – to the fairly dubious: When a girl’s meaning yes, She says no…
I mean, I like Slade and I like this. If you like Slade then it’s impossible to truly dislike ‘Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me’ because it is the band at the height of their chart-humping, biggest-in-the-land phase. This, like ‘Cum on Feel the Noize’ entered the charts at #1, on name alone, really, in a manner not seen before and not seen again for a decade. And it is Slade treading water, but I have an image in my mind of Noddy Holder and Jim Lea bashing out the lyrics in five minutes, saying ‘Fuck it, that’ll do’, and ordering another pint. And I like it…
There is no way on earth that this single needs to be four and a half minutes long, though. Ten years ago, ‘House of the Rising Sun’ ran that long and it was revolutionary. Now it’s run of the mill. Maybe Slade were so popular that the record label were too scared to edit them down? They knew this would be a massive hit in any form. Maybe Slade themselves were so popular that they had become afraid to experiment…?
And maybe that’s true, because they were about to go slightly experimental, with ‘Slade in Flame’, and the music would be better, but the #1s would dry up. Suddenly glam rock as a whole would be up… But not yet. They have one final #1 single to come. Their best known one. Their retirement plan…
10 thoughts on “333. ‘Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me’, by Slade”
It is a little long but…. Hey it’s Slade! That is alright…more bang for your buck! Or more bang for your bob…whichever. I like it. They were fun.
You’re right – any Slade is better than no Slade! I don’t think the band were great fans of this one either, but it still rocks
It wasn’t quite top-drawer Slade, but as you say it still rocks – and roared straight in at pole position again. On the other hand, when the band moved down a gear and put something slightly different out as a 45 during their peak (‘Look What You Dun’, ‘My Friend Stan’, ‘Everyday’) – no No. 1!
That’s an interesting point. Yes, I suppose their only number one that strayed from the raucous was ‘Coz I Luv You’, and that came first, before they were huge.
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