By Bob Fagan
Slade emerged in the mid-to-late 60s from the English city of Wolverhampton, an industrial city of maybe 200,000 people in the Midlands area of England. The band began life as the N’Betweens, a club band that played a mix of rock and soul covers. Vocalist/guitarist Noddy Holder was initially unsure of his vocal abilities, and for a brief time the band courted future Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant. The band released one 45 as the N’Betweens, the Kim Fowley-penned “You Better Run” (1966 Columbia).
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