Throwback Thursday – Retro Track of the Week

Music File Photos - The 1970s - by Chris Walter

Song: How Does It Feel
Artist: Slade
Year: 1975

For most people, the enduring image of Slade is one of ludicrously dressed glam rockers replete with high-stacked boots, hulking mutton chops and, in Dave Hill’s case, the wondrous achievement of simultaneously having four hairstyles on the same head. However, their 1975 single ‘How Does It Feel’ remains an outstanding ballad and one that completely confounds the laddish, hard rocking flamboyance mostly attributed to the Wolverhampton group.

A vastly different approach for the band at the time, Noddy Holder and Jim Lea’s beautiful piano driven, sub six minute epic was too much of a departure for many fans expecting another ‘Sqweeze Me, Pleeze Me’; it peaked at a disappointing number 15 in the UK and was the band’s lowest chart position in four years. Featuring flutes, melancholy reflections from Holder and brass from British R&B/funk band Gonzalez, ‘How Does It Feel’ proves that sometimes fans just don’t know what’s good for them.

By Scott Hammond

Love Saves the Day - Who to see and when

Read more

Review: Stella Donnelly's infectiously engaged performance graces Thekla

Read more

Preview: Love Saves the Day announces more lineup additions

Read more

Review: Results of a misspent youth - Cherry Glazerr at Thekla

Read more

Review: Guitar wizards bolster blues element of Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival '19

Read more

Preview: Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival 2019

Read more

Review: The Orielles' mixed brand of indie pop delights at The Fleece

Read more

Review: Cult 90s alternative rockers The Lemonheads' catalogue spanning SWX show

Read more

Review: White Denim - a rare breed of airtight live performance at O2 Academy

Read more

Review: The Wave Pictures' faultless musical engine purrs at The Exchange

Read more

Album Review: Busking Beyond Borders - David Fisher

Read more

Review: Alela Diane concludes European tour with polished St George's performance

Read more

Review: Snail Mail at Thekla - earnest indie rock for a new generation

Read more

Review: 'The King' - entertainingly novel, if slightly misfiring, doc on the life of Elvis Presley

Read more

Review: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and Paul Weller at The Downs Festival

Read more

Preview: The Downs, Bristol returns with most impressive line up to date

Read more

Review: Echo & The Bunnymen top nostalgic bill for opening Skyline Series show

Read more

Review: Bristol Comedy Garden '18 is in full bloom on final day

Read more

Review: The laughs return to Queen Square as Bristol Comedy Garden '18 opens

Read more

Review: Cracking into the live music monster at Dot To Dot '18

Read more