Noddy Holder, along with his co-songwriter in Slade Jim Lea, are responsible for some of the best songs in glam rock, in fact some of the best songs of the 70’s.
Noddy eventually left Slade in 1991 and has since appeared in numerous TV and radio shows, most notably The Grimleys, a TV series that ran in the UK between 1999 and 2001. The Grimleys is a nostalgic comedy/drama set in the 70’s in a council estate in Dudley, England. Noddy played a music teacher called Neville Holder (Noddys real name).
Other notable cameos in the series include Alvin Stardust playing a pub landlord. In one scene Noddy and Alvin share a beer at the bar and start be-moaning the lost opportunities of their youth. At the end of this episode “The Road Not Taken”, Noddy performs a melancholic, live acoustic version of “Cum On Feel the Noize” . The implication here is that the Grimleys takes place in an alternative 1970’s, where Noddy and Alvin have abandoned their dreams of being rock stars in favour of more sensible 9 to 5 jobs.
“I still love music and I still have a good time when I want to, but music is not the biggest part of my life anymore. It was probably the biggest part of my life for a long time. I was doing that for over 30 years. That’s a long time, but I don’t look on myself as doing that now. Now I’ve got lots of other things to do”.
Noddy Holder interviewed by Andrew Darlington, “Straight from His Own Gob”.
Other notable acoustic performances in the show include an alternative Easter version of “Merry Xmas Everybody” and a version of “Coz I Luv You” over the end credits of the series two finale.
“I remember getting a call at 10 o’clock in the morning to say that Coz I Luv You was number one. That was the reason I was in a band, so I could be top of the pops. Even though we had six number one records, the first one is always special”.
Noddy Holder, from Go2Birmingham magazine, October 1999.