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SLADE In Flame
(Factory DVD34131) (2004)
Slade's silver screen debut...

Slade

Slade - you either love them or hate them, but if youíre a fan this DVD is essential viewing. Issued in the USA, itís well worth picking up, because the music at least ends up pretty good, and the gags are good too. Set in the late 60s, the story depicts band life on the road, drawing on the many experiences of manager and former Hendrix manager and Animal Chas Chandler. There are also some parallels with the embryonic Slade, who were known at the time as The ĎN Betweens.

The basic story follows two struggling (and actually quite piss poor) bands playing a mixture of god knows what. They could be playing a wedding one night and a bingo hall the next, while holding down day jobs. Thereís the usual banter and rivalry; the scene where Noddy Holder (lead singer of The Undertakers) is locked in his coffin on stage by Dave Hillís rival band is a nod towards one of Screaming Lord Sutchís mishaps, a scene rightly sent up by Spinal Tap and it brings a few deserved laughs here.

Blink and you miss the bandsí break up and amalgamation, but you suddenly get some decent music and the band start their road to success, gigs, records and etc.

Add on a Noddy interview as part of the package and itís a package well worth searching out.

*****

Review by Joe Geesin

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly


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