Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply

Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply is a studio album by the British rock group Slade, released in America and Canada in April 1984. It is a repackaged version of The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome which was released in the UK, Europe and across the rest of the world in December 1983. Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply reached No. 33 in the US and No. 26 in Canada, giving the band their long-awaited breakthrough in the US. The album proved to be the most successful North American release of Slade's career. Both "Run Runaway" and "My Oh My" enjoyed Top 40 success as singles there.

Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 1984
GenreHard rock, pop rock
Length39:21
LabelCBS Associated
ProducerJim Lea, John Punter
Slade chronology
The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome
(1983)
Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply
(1984)
Slade's Greats
(1984)
Singles from Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply
  1. "Run Runaway"
    Released: March 1984
  2. "My Oh My"
    Released: June 1984
  3. "Slam the Hammer Down"
    Released: 1984

In August 1984, the album was certified Gold in Canada for 50,000 sales.[1]

BackgroundEdit

The 1983 success of Quiet Riot's version of Slade's 1973 UK chart topper "Cum On Feel the Noize" led to Slade signing with CBS for their first American record deal since the 1970s. The label soon repackaged the band's recently released album, The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome, into Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply. The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome, along with its singles "My Oh My" and "Run Runaway", had already achieved success in the UK and Europe. Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply featured a different track-order. It also replaced "Cocky Rock Boys (Rule O.K.)" and "Razzle Dazzle Man" with the 1983 "My Oh My" B-Sides "Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply" and "Can't Tame a Hurricane".[2]

"Run Runaway" was released first in America in March 1984.[3] A music video was shot at Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire, which went on to receive frequent rotation on MTV. The song went on to reach No. 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Chart. "My Oh My" was later released in June and would reach No. 37.[4] Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply, released in April, reached No. 33. "Slam the Hammer Down" was also released as a promotional-only single, featuring a "Hot" and "Hotter" remix by Shep Pettibone.[2]

The band's new-found success in America saw them set out to do a full American tour supporting Ozzy Osbourne. For their American activities, Slade were managed by Sharon Osbourne. Prior to the tour, the band played a few warm-up shows. However, on the first night of the tour with Osbourne, Slade had to cancel the remainder of the shows when bassist Jim Lea collapsed after the first gig and was diagnosed with hepatitis. Coinciding with the breakdown of lead vocalist Noddy Holder's marriage, the band agreed to stop touring to allow Holder a break. This was the final time the band would tour together, although the band would continue recording and releasing new material.[2]

Track listingEdit

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Run Runaway"Noddy Holder, Jim Lea5:01
2."My Oh My"Holder, Lea4:12
3."High and Dry"Holder, Lea3:13
4."Slam the Hammer Down"Holder, Lea3:24
5."In the Doghouse"Holder, Lea2:47
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply"Holder, Lea3:33
7."Cheap 'n' Nasty Luv"Holder, Lea2:42
8."Can't Tame a Hurricane"Holder, Lea2:32
9."(And Now the Waltz) C'est La Vie"Holder, Lea3:42
10."Ready to Explode"Holder, Lea8:11

Song informationEdit

"Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply" is about a drunk driver with an "amorous female" as passenger being followed by the police.[5] "(And Now the Waltz) C'est La Vie" was originally released as a single in November 1982, where it reached No. 50 in the UK.[6] "Ready to Explode" is an eight-and-half-minute, multi-themed song about the excitement of motor racing.[7]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [8]
Chicago Tribunefavorable[9]
The Chilliwack Progressmixed[10]
Daily Record (Morristown)favorable[11]
Detroit Free Pressfavorable[12]
The Odessa Americanfavorable[13]
The Pittsburgh Pressfavorable[14]
Philadelphia Daily News     [15]
Springfield Leader & Pressfavorable[16]

Upon release, Chicago Tribune noted Slade's "sledgehammer style" being similar to the "intensity of metal attacks", but with an approach "more melodic". They summarised: "It's all loud, aggressive music, and new Slade numbers such as "Slam the Hammer Down" should satisfy even the most demanding metal-head."[9] Daily Record of Morristown highlighted Holder's "sandpaper rasp", adding he sounded "pleasantly abrasive". The review concluded: "Their tunefulness and their humor make them a wonderful alternative to such grim successors as Judas Priest, or even the colorless Quiet Riot."[11] Philadelphia Daily News felt the album did not contain anything "quite so inspired and grungy" as "Mama Weer All Crazee Now", but added: "fans of light heavy metal and Joan Jett's style of headbashing will find this batch of grunge very much to their liking."[15]

Springfield Leader & Press described the album as containing "pretty simple rockers" and "piledriving rock 'n' roll", with a "goofy sense of fun", "memorable chorus[es]" and "lots of guitar". They concluded: "If Quiet Riot can score hits, then there is no reason why Slade can't."[16] The Odessa American wrote: "Half of this album is negligible, but 10 years after Slayed?, this veteran troupe still delivers non-bombastic rock melodies, charming ballads and of course, misspelled song titles."[13] The Pittsburgh Press described the album as "powerful" but not "mindless", adding that the album "could win Slade the American audience they couldn't wrest from Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Uriah Heep more than a decade ago."[14]

In a retrospective review, Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic summarised the album as showing that Slade "are still the masters of loud, trashy hard rock."[17] Jeff Giles of Ultimate Classic Rock said the album was the "right album at the right time — a well-written and smartly polished set of songs that topped off the band's rock sound with pop production perfectly in step with current trends."[18]

Chart performanceEdit

Chart (1984) Peak
position
Canadian Albums Chart[19] 26
U.S. Billboard 200[20] 33
U.S. Billboard Rock Albums[21] 3

PersonnelEdit

Slade
  • Noddy Holder - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Dave Hill - lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Jim Lea - bass, keyboards, guitars, backing vocals, lead vocal on verses (track 10), producer
  • Don Powell - drums, percussion, gongs
Additional personnel
  • Andy Dummit - saxophone (track 5)
  • Pete Drummond - announcements (track 10)
  • John Punter - producer (tracks 1-2)
  • Andy Miller, Dave Garland - engineers (tracks 3-10)
  • Mike Nocito, Pete Schwier - engineers (tracks 1-2)
  • Lou Brooks - artwork (illustration)
  • Jo Di Donato - cover design

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 May 2012. Retrieved 11 July 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ a b c The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome - 2007 Salvo remaster booklet liner notes
  3. ^ "Slade - Run Runaway / Don't Tame A Hurricane - CBS Associated - USA - ZS4 04398". 45cat. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Slade - My Oh My / High And Dry - CBS Associated - USA - ZS4 04528". 45cat. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  5. ^ "1984 - Slade Fan Club www.sladefanclub.com". Sladefanclub.com. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Slade | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  7. ^ "CD Album - Slade - The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome - Salvo - UK". 45worlds.com. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  8. ^ Thomas, Stephen. "Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply - Slade". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  9. ^ a b Chicago Tribune newspaper - Album reviews - 15 April 1984
  10. ^ The Chilliwack Progress newspaper - Album reviews - 2 May 1984
  11. ^ a b Daily Record newspaper (Morristown) - Album reviews - 1 July 1984
  12. ^ Detroit Free Press newspaper - Album reviews - 25 March 1984
  13. ^ a b Odessa American newspaper - Album reviews - 22 April 1984
  14. ^ a b The Pittsburgh Press newspaper - Album reviews - 22 April 1984
  15. ^ a b Philadelphia Daily News newspaper - Album reviews - 2 June 1984
  16. ^ a b Springfield Leader & Press newspaper - Album reviews - 29 April 1984
  17. ^ AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply - Slade | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  18. ^ "30 Years Ago: Slade Release 'Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply'". Ultimateclassicrock.com. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  19. ^ "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  20. ^ https://www.billboard.com/music/slade/chart-history/billboard-200
  21. ^ Billboard magazine - 02-June-1983 - page 18 - Billboard Rock Albums & Top Tracks