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The Rezillos plus guests Slady the world's only all female tribute act to legendary 1970's Glam Rock group Slade

The Rezillos burst forth upon the rock scene in 1976, having gathered together at Edinburgh College of Art. Through a shared love of Sixties Garage Rock and the Spectoresque Girl Group glam of The Ronettes and The Shangri-Las, The Rezillos found themselves inadvertently caught up in the Punk or New Wave movement. Their debut single, “I Can’t Stand My Baby“, shot them to underground fame initially via airings on John Peel’s radio show. Their classic singles “My Baby Does Good Sculptures“, “Top of the Pops” and “Destination Venus” signalled critically acclaimed milestones for the band.Their landmark album of 1978 “Can’t Stand the Rezillos” reached the top 10 in the UK album chart. They appeared twice on the legendary Old Grey Whistle Test and hit the Top Twenty with their hit single ‘Top of the Pops’, a satirical swipe at the UK pop music programme of the same name. Once the band had achieved chart success it was inevitable that they should appear on the same show! They followed up that same year with a live recording, “Mission Accomplished… But the Beat Goes On“, and promptly broke up to the anguish of fans and music critics alike.

Fast foward to New year’s Eve 2002 and and The Rezillos are back playing to 150,000 hogmanay revellers gathered in Edinburgh. Their music has stayed edgy, having remained in its own league from the very beginning. Musically, The Rezillos are truly influential to the so-called neo-punk scene, it's upbeat, while at the same time showing a dark side to their songs ("Cold Wars" could be a theme from a yet-to-be unearthed John Le Carre novel-turned-film circa 1967, and "I Can't Stand My Baby" is an anti-love song about breaking up because one can’t stand the other. They prefer a planet where growing up doesn't happen until after you’re dead and the world runs on high-octane, guitar-driven, anti-mope rock with the wildest hook lines.

Slady have been packing venues out since their debut at the beginning of 2019, and during the 2020 lockdown, they kept fans dancing with loads of online shows and videos.

After seeing Slady at the Official Slade Convention in 2019, Slade drummer, Don Powell called them "Fantastic!" and in 2021 they headlined the convention.

The SLADY set-list is ever changing and ever being added to... Songs performed include: Take Me Bak 'Ome, Cum On Feel The Noize, Look Wot You Dun, Skweeze Me Pleeze Me, Coz I Luv You, Mama Weer All Crazee Now, The Whole World's Going Crazee, The Bangin' Man, Just Want A Little Bit, Don't Blame Me, When The Lights Are Out, Everyday, Get Down And Get With It.

"Fantastic! Brings back wonderful memories"

"Best Slade tribute band in UK"

"Spine Tingling"

"Brilliant stuff. You're doing Slade and Slade fans proud"

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