Slade's Crazee Christmas
is, perhaps predictably, yet another reissue of the 1985 Crackers
album, a set that was completely overlooked at that time, but has been returning to haunt us ever since. Simultaneously the most joyously raucous, loud and singalong album in the entire Slade
catalog, and the single most detestable record they ever made, the set was built around the seemingly annual success of "Merry Xmas Everybody," flushed out with a host more eternal party poppers. Retreads of "Mama Weer All Crazee Now," "My Oh My," "Run Runaway," "Cum on Feel the Noize" and "All Join Hands" will get the fists pumping the air; "Let's Dance," "Okey Cokey" and "Let's Have a Party" will keep them there. The festive air is maintained by "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" and "Auld Lang Syne," and fades out with a massed singalong through "You'll Never Walk Alone." Crowd and party noises roar alongside the band, and the entire album is so buoyant and boisterous that even hermits could play it, and believe they're having fun. But is it a proper Slade
album, to file alongside Slayed?
and Rogues Gallery
? That's another question entirely.