Any band that has ever tried to weld a “Beatlesque” melody to a power chord and maintain an anti-bourgeois attitude owes their influence to English glam band, Slade…Of all the 1970s rock-rock acts, Slade were arguably most in tune with punk’s premium on three-chord simplicity, raw-powered riffage and with a proletariat ethos. 1984 was a big year for Slade, but as any British Baby Boomer and Generation X-er worth their weight in fish and chips will tell you, Slade was a band that ruled over Europe and the UK throughout most of the ‘70s and early ‘80s. Their song titles may have read like an Irvine Welsh (Traianspotting) novel as they rarely shunned the opportunity to re-jig a word to a ridiculously comical end. It was so much so that during their apex, the band ran afoul of a nationwide cabal of schoolteachers incensed by their deliberate misspellings like “Cum on Feel the Noize” and “Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me,” demonstrates how much of a force,guitarists/vocalists Neville “Noddy” Holder and Dave Hill, bassist Jim Lea and drummer Don Powell were at home. Slade churned out song after song after song that were just like the songs that preceded them. But this is hardly a criticism; Chuck Berry made history doing the same thing.
Unfortunately Slade were never able to crack the American market.. They may have seemed a bit too British. – Where in tarnation do you get a name like “Noddy?” – and perhaps a tad too working-class for Americans at a time when the public’s psyche on cultural authenticity was flagging. Or maybe Americans of that era simply sucked.
British rock band, Massive Wagons seems to have been punked into the wrong decade. I’ll tell you this, they would be rock radio’s darlings back in the 70’s and early 80’s. With none of the hyper-hairsprayed power ballad brigade.. none of the Quiet Riot-play-Slade’s-Greatest-Hits-Bad boyz shit!
Simply good ol’ high-kickin’, fist-wavin’, shoutin’, stompin’, rompin’ rock and roll for teenaged lust-mongers. The wave of howling hormones that swept the U.K. pop scene in the early 1970s has been haunting the fringes of rock and roll ever since. It was not heady stuff then and it still is not. Loud, raw, noisy, and messy are some of the adjectives that springs to mind when I hear Massive Wagons. They are one exciting band! They rock crazier and harder than Slade, Status Quo and The Darkness..and at times they veer close to anarchy but remember don’t mistake this for their “anti-bourgeois” political platform .The song, “House of Noise” has a warped Gary Glitter style chant that advises youngsters to ditch school for a life or crime..Singer, Barry “Baz” Mills is a joyful soul and plays being a glamorous psychopath quite well. … he can be caromed between The Sensational Alex Harvey and Malcolm McDowell from A Clockwork Orange..
Malcolm McDowell The Sensational Alex Harvey