Slade kicked off 1974 with their most unexpected single yet, a beautiful ballad entitled "Everyday," which was anything but an everyday Slade record. No misspelling, no stamps and claps, and no wild guitars. Noddy didn't even shout -- not too much, anyway. The original inspiration from the song came from Jim Lea's wife, who came up with the opening line while her husband was playing around on the piano. Her contribution touched off a melody, while Holder supplied a lyric, which, like the tune itself, is one of his most movingly sensitive. Originally released on the band's Old, New, Borrowed and Blue album in late 1973, the song was already a fan favorite when it was released as a single. It climbed to number three -- a poor performance by the band's usual standards (all but one of their last nine 45s had reached either number one or number two) -- and it left many people asking why they'd issued such an un-Slade-like song. The band, however, knew -- as Holder later put it -- "that we'd done all we could in that department. We didn't want to keep just churning out the same sort of song." And, from hereon in, they wouldn't.