Do You Believe in Miracles


Do You Believe in Miracles
"Do You Believe in Miracles"

UK/German cover of "Do You Believe in Miracles".
Single by Slade
from the album Crackers – The Christmas Party Album
B-side My Oh My (Swing Version)
Released 18 November, 1985
Format 7" Single, 12" single
Genre Rock
Length 4:11
Label RCA Records
Writer(s) Noddy Holder; Jim Lea
Producer John Punter; Jim Lea; Monty Babson
Slade singles chronology
"Little Sheila"
(1985)
"Do You Believe in Miracles"
(1985)
"Still the Same"
(1987)
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"Do You Believe in Miracles" is a UK and German only single from rock band Slade.[1] It was written by lead singer Noddy Holder and bassist Jim Lea. The single was released in 1985 and peaked at #54 in the UK, spending 6 weeks on the chart.[2] The single's earning went to charity.[3]

The track was added to Slade's Christmas Party album Crackers which was released on the same date as the single, 18 November.

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Background

In the summer of 1985 Holder sat and watched Live Aid, amazed at what Bob Geldof was achieving with some rock ‘n’ roll, some organisation and a vision. He also remembered Slade’s earlier encounter with “the man they called the mouth” and recording his feelings in the lyrics that became Slade’s Christmas charity single. A bigger hit would have generated more funds, but the record had its heart in the right place.[3]

Jim Lea was asked in a 1988 interview on the sales of the single. "Certainly a few thousand pounds have been paid over and I keep getting these very nice letters all the time saying 'Thank you very much, Mr Lea'."[4]

Whilst performing the song on UK TV, one man confronted Lea, stating "That's a great song but it won't be a hit." Upon being asked why by Lea, the man replied "It's too good."[5]

Promotion

Powell spoke of the single in an early 1986 fan club interview, "It didn't do too well chartwise, but it had every radio play in the book really. I could never turn the radio on without hearing it played. We did quite a few T.V. shows to promote it - but when we recorded them, when the record first came out - all the T.V. shows centred around Christmas, so we missed out on the inital thing. If we'd have had those T.V.'s when the record was actually released, that would have helped a lot more. The radio play was incredible though, even Alan James, our plugger couldn't understand it. I'm not quite sure if the commercial stations picked up on the single too, but I would assume so. They normally follow the BBC. I think the Sheffield station, Radio Hallam and Liverpool commercial stations played it a lot."[6]

In the same interview, Powell replied to the fact that the single was included on the "Crackers – The Christmas Party Album" before being released as a single. "That could be a reason. Funnily enough, that was one of the bones of contention - Telstar said that they wanted it on the album, whereas we didn't because that would mean that it would split the sales between the single and the album. I know that if I personally like someone's single, and it's going to be on their latest album, then I'll wait and buy the album."[7]

Powell also stated that he was surprised that the re-release of "Merry Xmas Everybody" that year was more successful than this single. Powell asked "how far can that song go?"[6]

Powell confirmed the single was released all over Europe and was asked if it did well within Europe at all. "I think it did quite well in the Scandinavian countries, but I haven't heard anything from Germany or Holland."

Powell was also asked if Slade were offered to perform the song on European TV. "At the time they wanted us to do the T.V. shows in Europe, we were doing the T.V. shows over here in the UK - to get them ready in time for Christmas - so we didn't have time to go over there. At least we did do the video for the single so they could show that."[7]

Powell was questioned about the music video which shows a new drum kit used by Powell himself. Powell stated "I think that kit was hired by the video company, as there was problems getting my kit as it was packed away in the warehouse in Birmingham."[8]

The track was promoted by its own music video as well as UK TV performances of the track being mimed. These performances were on TV shows Krankies, Razamatazz and Saturday Superstore.[9]

Formats

7" Single
  1. "Do You Believe in Miracles" - 4:11
  2. "My Oh My (Swing Version)" - 3:02
12" Single
  1. "Do You Believe in Miracles (Extended version)" - 6:12
  2. "My Oh My (Swing Version)" - 3:02
  3. "Time to Rock" - 4:08
12" Christmas Pack Single
  1. "Do You Believe in Miracles" - 4:11
  2. "My Oh My (Swing Version)" - 3:02
  3. "Time to Rock" - 4:08
  4. "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" - 2:39
  5. "Auld Lang Syne/You'll Never Walk Alone" - 3:28

Chart performance

Chart (1985) Peak
position
Total
weeks
UK Singles Chart[10] 54 6

Personnel

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

References


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