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Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply

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Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply
Studio album by Slade
ReleasedMarch 1984
GenreHard rockpop rock
ProducerJim LeaJohn Punter
Slade chronology
The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome
Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply
Slade's Greats
Singles from Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply
  1. "(And Now the Waltz) C'est La Vie"
    Released: 12 November 1982
  2. "My Oh My"
    Released: 11 November 1983
  3. "Run Runaway"
    Released: 27 January 1984
  4. "Slam the Hammer Down"
    Released: 1984
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.
In August 1984, the album was certified Gold in Canada for 50,000 sales.[1]




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 SupplyThe 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 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 listing[edit]

1."Run Runaway"Noddy HolderJim 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
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 information[edit]

"Run Runaway" is a Celtic-flavoured rock-jig. Lea wrote the song on his fiddle, which he played on the track. Lea had always wanted to write a "big, folksy ballad" and after presenting the melody idea of "My Oh My", Holder then wrote the lyrics. "High and Dry" was first released by the female rock band Girlschool. Holder and Lea produced their 1983 album Play Dirty, which featured "High and Dry", along with another Slade song, "Burning in the Heat of Love". "Slam the Hammer Down" opens with a shouted soliloquy by Holder from a helicopter. "In the Doghouse" features saxophone by Andy Dummit. "Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply" originally appeared as a B-Side to Slade's 1983 hit "My Oh My." The song speaks about a drunk driver with an "amorous female" as passenger being followed by the police.[5]
"Cheap 'n' Nasty Luv" speaks of prostitution. The closing instrumental section heard on the original version of the song was omitted from the end of the track for inclusion on Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply. "Can't Tame a Hurricane" was originally a B-Side on the 12" version of "My Oh My", where it was titled "Don't Tame a Hurricane". The song is a tribute to Northern Irish professional snooker player Alex Higgins. "(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. "Ready to Explode" is an eight-and-half-minute, multi-themed song about the excitement of motor racing. The construction of the song was inspired by Jim Steinman's work with Meat Loaf. The track featured BBC DJ Pete Drummond providing the announcements on the track. The song was split into four different parts: The Warm Up, The Grid, The Race and The Dream.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[6]
Chicago Tribunefavorable[7]
The Chilliwack Progressmixed[8]
Daily Record (Morristown)favorable[9]
Detroit Free Pressfavorable[10]
The Odessa Americanfavorable[11]
The Pittsburgh Pressfavorable[12]
Philadelphia Daily News3/5 stars[13]
Springfield Leader & Pressfavorable[14]
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."[7] 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."[9] 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."[13]
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."[14] 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."[11] 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."[12]
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."[15] 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."[16]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1984)Peak
Canadian Albums Chart[17]26
U.S. Billboard 200[18]33
U.S. Billboard Rock Albums[19]3


  • 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

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