Don’s Discs #10 : Slade – Do You Dream in Black & White?

With the appointment of Russell Slade as the new Hereford manager we though we would take a look back to 1984, and a track often played at Edgar Street.

Slade, the very successful group of the 70s released “Run, Runaway” much later in their career, but with the opening words of;

I like Black & White, Dream in Black & White and You Like Black & White it sort of echoes the thoughts of Hereford fans.

The song was the third single from the band’s eleventh studio album “The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome”, and the lead single from the album’s US counterpart Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply. The song was written by lead vocalist Noddy Holder and bassist Jim Lea, and produced by John Punter. It reached No. 7 in the UK and was also the band’s breakthrough hit in America, where it reached No. 20.

In the UK, the band performed the song on the TV music show Top of the Pops, while performances were filmed at the Hall of Fame and Rhyl Sun Centre. The band also performed the song at the 1984 Montreux Festival and on German and Swedish TV. In America, the song was performed on American Bandstand and The Dance Show.

A music video was filmed to promote the single, which was directed by Tim Pope for GLO Productions. It was shot at Eastnor Castle near Ledbury in Herefordshire. The video featured the band performing the song in front of an audience dressed in tartan. Other sequences showed a marching bagpipe band and a kilted Scot grappling with a caber. The video was a big success in America, where it received constant showing on MTV.

Released on the 4th February 1984 it would have no doubt received its first airing on the tannoy at Edgar Street ahead of the League Division Four match against Torquay United on the 23rd of the same month.

Hereford moved up to 2nd in the table thanks to a 1-0 win with the goal arriving as early as the 54th second for Ollie Kearns in front of an Edgar Street crowd of 3,431.

Hereford: Rose, Price, Bray, Hicks, Pejic, Maddy, Harvey, Emery, Phillips, Kearns, Butler. Substitute: Carter.

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