Slade – Gypsy Roadhog


The single was the first Slade single released on Barn Records] Since 1970 to 1976, the band had been on the Polydor Records label.

The track is notable for a performance on the children’s Blue Peter show. The producers didn’t realise the track’s reference to drugs. Complaints rose after their performance which led to the record being banned by the BBC.

In a 1989 interview on Sky by Day, Holder spoke of the song’s lyrics, stating “The song was all about a cocaine dealer in America but it was actually an anti-drug song.


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