Nobody's Fool (Slade song)

Nobody's Fool (Slade song)
"Nobody's Fool"
Single by Slade
from the album Nobody's Fools
B-side L. A. Jinx
Released 09 April, 1976
Format 7" Single
Genre Rock
Length 3:50
Label Polydor Records
Writer(s) Noddy Holder; Jim Lea
Producer Chas Chandler
Slade singles chronology
"Let's Call It Quits"
"Nobody's Fool"
"Gypsy Roadhog"
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"Nobody's Fool" is a single from rock band Slade which appeared on the album Nobody's Fools.[1] It was written by lead singer Noddy Holder and bassist Jim Lea. The single was released in 1976 and did not enter the UK charts. This was unusual for Slade whose previous 17 singles entered the top 20.[2]

From this single, the band found themselves in a commercial decline after UK fans accused the band of 'selling out' and forgetting about their fanbase in the UK, as the band had been in the States for most of 1975, trying to crack the market.[3] This single featured Tasha Thomas doing backing vocals, the first in a Slade track.[4]

The single A-side features an edited piano introduction, compared to the album version.

The b-side 'L.A. Jinx' tells of the bad luck that Slade always seemed to accompany the band whenever they played L.A.[3]

Nobody's Fool has been covered by Light Fantastic, Britney Fox and also The Dummies which was a project of Slade's bassist Jim Lea.[5]

The single peaked at #293 for 1976 on rateyourmusic.[6]



Upon recording the song in 1976, bassist/co-writer Jim Lea was really into Queen's music, with all the harmonies, solo piano breaks etc. Therefore it was intended that "Nobody's Fool" would be some twenty minute extravaganza, with everything thrown in. Later, when it was discussed, it was obvious that this type of number wouldn't appeal to the stomping Slade fan of the day. Thus the band only recorded a short version of the piece - but even that, which featured the unheard of act of female backing vocalists show what an adventurous number it was. It was true that this wouldn't have appealed to Slade fans at the time, as when a single version of the number was released, it flopped - breaking Slade's run of seventeen hit singles.[7][8]


7" Single
  1. "Nobody's Fool" - 3:50
  2. "L.A. Jinx" - 3:57
7" Single (Alternate 7" version)
  1. "Nobody's Fool" - 4:20
  2. "L.A. Jinx" - 3:57
7" Single (US 7" version)
  1. "Nobody's Fool (Edit)" - 3:15
  2. "When the Chips are Down" - 4:16

Critical reception

Upon release, Record Mirror magazine gave a thumbs up, symbolising a hit. The magazine reviewed the single, "Title track from their latest album, and released to coincide with Slade's celebrations of ten years in the business, this is one of the best singles Slade have released for ages. Very catchy, from the first hearing. Bright and bouncy, and Slade at their best. Instant hit."[9]

Chart performance

Chart (1976) Peak
Irish Singles Chart[10] 21 2


  • Noddy Holder: Lead vocals and guitar
  • Jim Lea: Bass guitar and piano
  • Dave Hill: Lead guitar
  • Don Powell: Drums

Additional Personnel

  • Tasha Thomas - Backing vocals
  • Producer on "Nobody's Fool" - Chas Chandler
  • Writers of "Nobody's Fool" - Noddy Holder; Jim Lea
  • Producer on "L.A. Jinx" - Chas Chandler
  • Writers of "L.A. Jinx" - Noddy Holder; Jim Lea
  • Producer on "When the Chips Are Down" - Chas Chandler
  • Writers of "When the Chips Are Down" - Noddy Holder; Jim Lea


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