What was the number one song in the UK on 1st July 1972?
“Take Me Bak ‘Ome” by Slade was number one on 1st July 1972 and stayed there for 1 week.
The glam rockers at their best. Love their tartan outfits in this video, however I still can’t listen to Noddy Holder’s voice without hearing – “it’s Chriiiiiistmas!”
Written by Jim Lea and Noddy Holder and produced by Chas Chandler, “Tak Me Bak ‘Ome” was the second of Slade’s six UK number one singles spending a single week at the top in July 1972. The single took 5 weeks to reach the top and was last seen on the charts at #49 on 26/08/1972. It stayed in the top 100 for a total of 13 weeks.
A total of five different artworks were created for the single.
By October 1972, the band had received two UK Silver Discs for the single.
Around this time the band appeared at the Great Western festival near Lincoln. Slade triumphed before a large crowd despite a line-up of more serious acts. Hill, incidentally wore an all silver leather outfit for the first time on stage at Lincoln; his sartorial touch would influence British fashion for the next few years. “Tak Me Bak ‘Ome” was currently at No. 13 in the UK Singles Chart during the festival. The following week it reached No. 1 and Slade gained credibility as live performers.
During the recording of the track, Holder ad-libbed over the riff in the middle of the song. Lea asked him to change the ad-lib because it had given him the idea for their next single “Mama Weer All Crazee Now”.
No promotional video was created for the song, despite the previous single “Look Wot You Dun” having two videos.
Dave Thompson, from AllMusic described the song “was what vocalist Noddy Holder later described as “classic Slade – really rowdy and boisterous.” Neither of its predecessors, “Coz I Luv You” or “Look Wot You Dun,” had attempted to capture the feel of Slade in full flight, the live barrage which had established them as a major live draw long before their records started selling; Holder and Jim Lea’s “Tak Me Bak ‘Ome” was custom-built to relieve that deficiency”.
In an August 1972 interview for Sounds magazine, Hill stated “Coz I Luv You was a different kind of song, I thought that was the perfect simple song that made number one so easy, you know? Look Wot You Dun was a classic kind of song, with a clean, classy arrangement to it, but then “Tak Me Back ‘Ome” was a live, earth-dirt song – I felt much more out of that than I did from all the rest, it projected more, and it wasn’t just a hit record. I didn’t know if that kind of song could make it, and it was great having a thick, dirty song up at number one.”
In the September–December 1986, Slade fan club magazine, the poll results were announced for the 1986 opinion poll based on Slade’s material. For the best live song, “Tak Me Bak ‘Ome” placed at No. 3. In the same poll, for the best b-side of the 1970s, “Wonderin’ Y” placed at No. 3.
Came up to you one night noticed the look in your eye,
I saw you was on your own, and it was alright, yeh it was alright.
They said I could call you Sidney, oh I couldn’t make out why,
standing here on your own an’ it was alright, yeh it was alright.
So won’t you take me back home, a take me back home,
and if we can find plenty to do and that will be alright
yeh it will be alright
O you and your bottle of brandy, both of you smell the same,
you’re still on your feet, still standing so it was alright,
yeh it was alright.
The superman comes to meet you, looks twice the size of me,
I didn’t stay round to say goodnight so it was alright,
yeh it was alright.
So won’t you take me back home my baby, ah won’t you take me back home yeh
I said take me, take me take, take me back home,
take me take me take, take me back home oh won’t you..