Look Wot You Dun

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"Look Wot You Dun"

UK/European cover of "Look Wot You Dun".
Single by Slade
from the album Sladest
B-sideCandidate
Released28 January, 1972
Format7" Single
GenreGlam rock
Length2:54
LabelPolydor Records
Writer(s)Noddy Holder; Jim Lea; Don Powell
ProducerChas Chandler
Slade singles chronology

"Look Wot You Dun" is a single from glam rock band Slade which appeared on the album Sladest.[1] It was written by lead singer Noddy Holder, bassist Jim Lea and drummer Don Powell. The single was released on 05/02/1972, just when Slade's previous single Coz I Luv You had its last week in the top 100.[2] The single peaked at #4 in the UK, spending 10 weeks on the chart, last on the top 100 on 08/04/1972 at #38. The single originally entered the charts at #25 and climbed to #9 the following week and #4 after. It remained at #4 for 3 weeks. The previous single topped the UK charts.[3]

The single peaked at #151 for 1972 on rateyourmusic.[4]

Background

Upon release, the single sparked a protest from teachers across the UK about bad spelling. Record Mirror magazine published a short article about the protest at the time, "The new Slade single "Look Wot You Dun" has sparked off protests amongst the teaching profession, according to a spokesman for the group. He told Record Mirror that several teachers have written to the Ministry of Education complaining about the deliberate mis-spelling of the title and the previous single "Coz I Luv You". They allege that the phonetic spellings create confusion in their pupils' minds."[5]

Guitarist Dave Hill made the "Piano equals failure." statement about the single at the time of release.[6]

The track was originally written by Lea and Powell and was taken to Noddy for his input. The track was influenced by John Lennon. During recording, Slade's guitarist Dave Hill borrowed Peter Frampton's guitar as his own had been left at home and was inaccessible due to bad weather during the Christmas holiday. This track is the only Slade song to feature a Don Powell vocal of heavy breathing in the chorus.[7]

Music video

Two music videos were made by Caravelle for the single. The first one being the famous one made at Chessington Zoo. Bassist/co-writer Jim Lea particularly remembered it being a freezing cold day and feeling absolutely revolted at the sequence of drummer/co-writer Don Powell eating the sprats at the seal's feeding time. The second music video was made in the studio and featured the group playing the song. Vocalist/co-writer Holder was wearing his own magician's outfit, whilst Lea had his own stars and stripes bomber jacket on. All that Lea can remember of the film was that it was made "with the cameras right up our noses".[8][9]

Track listing

7" Single
  1. "Look Wot You Dun" - 2:45
  2. "Candidate" - 2:40

Critical reception

Upon release, Record Mirror magazine reviewed the single, "Quite definitely, they've done it again. Apart from already incurring the wrath of eduction authorities over the title-phrase spelling, Slade are directly into at least a top five mood with this one. It's a sturdily staccato sort of theme, right into a commercial 'feel', group vocal, touches of guitar. The whole thing is complete; everything falls into place. No doubts here - chart certain."[10]

Cover versions

  • In 1971, Alan Caddy Orchestra and Singers released a cover of the song on the album "Six Top Hits".[16]
  • In 1972, Finnish singer Markku Aro recorded the song under the name "Täyttä Totta" which appeared on the album "Oo - Mikä Nainen". Additional writing credit went to Leo Länsi for lyrics.[17]
  • In 1976, German rock band recorded the song "Geh Zu Ihr" which was based on Look Wot You Dun. The song appeared on the album "Puhdys 1".[18]
  • In 2001, English vocalist and musician Steve Overland recored a version of the track for the tribute album Slade Remade.[19]

Personnel

  • Noddy Holder: Lead vocals and guitar
  • Jim Lea: Bass guitar, piano and backing vocals
  • Dave Hill: Lead guitar and backing vocals
  • Don Powell: Drums and backing vocals

References

  1. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Slade-Sladest/master/12024
  2. ^ http://www.chartstats.com/chart.php?week=19720205
  3. ^ http://www.chartstats.com/
  4. ^ http://rateyourmusic.com/release/single/slade/look_wot_you_dun___candidate/
  5. ^ Record Mirro magazine 5 February 1972
  6. ^ http://www.expressandstar.com/latest/2006/10/09/how-dave-came-to-feel-the-noize/
  7. ^ Slade's Greatest Hits compilation booklet
  8. ^ http://sladefanclub.weebly.com/uploads/7/6/6/0/7660950/8302707_orig.jpg
  9. ^ Slade International Fan Club newsletter June - July - August 1986
  10. ^ Record Mirror magazine 29 January 1972
  11. ^ http://www.flanders-hitparade.net/
  12. ^ http://dutchcharts.nl/showitem.asp?interpret=Slade&titel=Look+Wot+You+Dun&cat=s
  13. ^ http://musicline.de/de/chartverfolgung_summary/artist/SLADE/single
  14. ^ http://www.irishcharts.ie/search/placement
  15. ^ http://www.chartstats.com/release.php?release=5603
  16. ^ http://www.45cat.com/record/eva2013
  17. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Markku-Aro-Oo-Mik%C3%A4-Nainen/release/1751757
  18. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Puhdys-Puhdys-1/release/728915
  19. ^ http://www.themusicindex.com/commerce/system/store.htm
   

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