Mama Weer All Crazee Now

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"Mama Weer All Crazee Now" (1972), Slade's third British chart-topper, was originally the work of bassist Jim Lea -- he told journalist Chris Charlesworth, "It was the first tune I actually wrote completely on my own." However, his writing partner, Noddy Holder, was responsible for the lyrics, standing on the stage after a typically boisterous London show and surveying the mounds of smashed seating left in the auditorium. "I thought, 'Christ, everyone must have been crazy tonight.'" The song was originally titled "My My We're All Crazy Now" -- the title was changed by manager Chas Chandler; the spelling, of course, was adapted by the band's own traditions. Following in the footsteps of "Take Me Bak 'Ome," it was a full-on adrenalin monster, ear-splittingly loud with its lyrics a raw-throated bellow. Several of the most distinctive parts of the record were virtual ad-libs, including the "mama mama mama yeah" coda at the end. Producer Chas Chandler also opened the song with a howl recorded during some of Holder's vocal exercises. A massive success, "Mama Weer All Crazee Now" entered the U.K. chart at number two, climbing to number one the following week. A chart-topper across Europe, it reached number 76 in the U.S. the following year. A 1984 cover by Quiet Riot made number 51.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Slayed? 1972 Polydor / PolyGram 3:44
No Image 1980 Polydor
The Slade Collection 81-87 1993 BMG International 3:00
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Castle Music Ltd.
Wall of Hits 1994 Polygram 3:43
Feel the Noize: Slade Greatest Hits 1997 Polydor / PolyGram 3:44
The Best Glam Rock Album in the World Ever 1998
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:41
Party! Party! 2002
Various Artists
Repertoire 3:44
Friends Reunited: 42 Classroom Classics from the 80's 2003
Various Artists
Universal International 3:41
Get Yer Boots On: The Best of Slade 2004 Shout! Factory 3:44
Glam Greats: 20 Seventies Stompers 2005
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:44