Take Me Back 'Ome

Composed by Slade

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Released in June 1972, Slade's second British chart-topper was what vocalist Noddy Holder later described as "classic Slade -- really rowdy and boisterous." Neither of its predecessors, "Coz I Luv You" or "Look Wot You Dun," had attempted to capture the feel of Slade in full flight, the live barrage which had established them as a major live draw long before their records started selling; Holder and Jim Lea's "Take Me Bak 'Ome" was custom-built to relieve that deficiency. Its roots lay in an idea which Lea had been playing with for several years; he later admitted, "I revamped it a bit and nicked a phrase or two from the Beatles' 'Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey.' Nobody ever noticed." Aside from confirming Slade's European supremacy, "Take Me Bak 'Ome" also became their U.S. chart debut, albeit at a lowly number 97.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Sladest 1973 Polygram / Polydor / Salvo 3:13
No Image 1980 Polydor
Slade on Stage 1982 Polydor
Wall of Hits 1994 Polygram 3:13
Feel the Noize: Slade Greatest Hits 1997 Polydor / PolyGram 3:13
Live at the BBC 2009 Salvo
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