(And Now the Waltz) C'est La Vie

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"(And Now the Waltz) C'est La Vie"
Sladesingle-cestlavie.jpeg
UK/European cover of "(And Now the Waltz) C'est La Vie".
Single by Slade
from the album The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome/Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply
B-side "Merry Xmas Everybody (Live & Kickin')"
Released 12 November 1982
Format 7" single
Genre Rock
Length 3:43
Label RCA Records
Songwriter(s) Noddy Holder, Jim Lea
Producer(s) Jim Lea (A-Side)
Slade (B-Side)
Slade singles chronology
"Rock and Roll Preacher"
(1982)
"(And Now the Waltz) C'est La Vie"
(1982)
"My Oh My"
(1983)
"Rock and Roll Preacher"
(1982)
"(And Now the Waltz) C'est La Vie"
(1982)
"My Oh My"
(1983)
Audio sample

"(And Now the Waltz) C'est La Vie" is a song by the British rock band Slade, released in 1982 as the lead single from the band's eleventh studio album The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome. It was also included on its 1984 American counterpart Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply. The song was written by lead vocalist Noddy Holder and bassist Jim Lea, and produced by Lea,[1] it reached No. 50 in the UK, remaining in the charts for seven weeks.[2]

Background[edit]

Having signed a record deal with RCA in 1981, the band started recording their second studio album for the label in 1982; in November that year, the album's first single, "(And Now the Waltz) C'est La Vie", was released, a month before the release of the live album Slade on Stage. Attempting to appeal to the Christmas market, the single reached No. 50 in the UK.[2] As the song had not been the big hit that both the band and RCA hoped for, the band's new album The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome would not be released until December 1983; in early 1983, RCA told the band that the album lacked potential chart hits and in the effort to amend that, RCA hired producer John Punter to work on two tracks "My Oh My" and "Run Runaway", both of which would go on to become big hits in 1983-84.[3] "(And Now the Waltz) C'est La Vie" fared better in Poland, reaching No. 2 there in January 1983, while also peaking at No. 29 on Radio Luxembourg's chart.[4][5]

"(And Now the Waltz) C'est La Vie" is a ballad, described by Holder as a "sentimental love song".[6][7] In a 1983 interview with Sounds, Lea said of the song: "When we wrote "C'est La Vie", we thought it was a ballad but when Dave Lee Travis played it, he said "That's Slade and now for a ballad" and put Lionel Ritchie on and then we realised ours wasn't a ballad at all, it came over like four idiots trying to tear their way out of the speakers."[8] Speaking of the time between the band's 1981 hit "Lock Up Your Daughters" and "My Oh My", Holder told Sounds in 1983: "It may have looked as if we disappeared after "Lock Up Your Daughters" but we released a single at the end of last year - "C'est La Vie" - which looked as if it was going to be quite a big hit but unfortunately it didn't get much above #50 in the charts. In addition to that we've done three nationwide tours and they all sold out."[9]

In November 2005, Holder appeared on his regular TV-reviewing slot on the BBC Radio 2 show The Radcliffe and Maconie Show. Asked to choose a track from the band's new compilation album The Very Best of Slade, Holder chose "(And Now the Waltz) C'est La Vie" much to Radcliffe's surprise. Holder said he felt the track, although not one of Slade's best known singles, showed off his voice really well.[10]

Release[edit]

"(And Now the Waltz) C'est La Vie" was released on 7" vinyl by RCA Records in the UK, Ireland, Australia, Germany and the Netherlands.[11][12] The B-Side, "Merry Xmas Everybody (Live & Kickin')", was exclusive to the single and would later appear on the band's 1985 studio/compilation album Crackers: The Christmas Party Album. On the single, it was credited to "Slade & The Assorted Nutters Choir". The artwork for the single was the same as used for Slade on Stage.[13][14]

Promotion[edit]

No music video was filmed to promote the single; in the UK, the band performed the song on the ITV children's music show Razzmatazz.[15] In December, Slade embarked on a UK tour, which promoted the single and the Slade on Stage album.[16]

Formats[edit]

7" Single
  1. "(And Now the Waltz) C'est La Vie" - 3:44
  2. "Merry Xmas Everybody (Live & Kickin')" - 4:03

Critical reception[edit]

Upon release, Malcolm Dome of Kerrang! described the song as an "excellent taster" of the band's new studio album.[17] In a review of The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome, Kerrang! said the song "tends to disappear into the clouds of its own long-winded ambition." Sounds said: "Elsewhere, the "Sailing"-style scarves in the air of "My Oh My" is surpassed by the even more anthemic "C'est La Vie"".[18] In a retrospective review, Joe Geesin of the Get Ready to Rock! said: ""C'est La Vie" was a waltz ballad that flopped as a single - strange choice lads."[19] In a 1986 fan club opinion poll, Slade fans voted the song as the band's third best non-hit single.[20]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
position
Polish Singles Chart[4] 2
UK Singles Chart[2] 50

Personnel[edit]

Slade
Additional personnel
  • Slade - producer of "Merry Xmas Everybody (Live & Kickin')"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Slade - The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  2. ^ a b c "slade | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2017-07-26. 
  3. ^ "Don's 1983 Diary - Don Powell Official Website". Donpowellofficial.com. Retrieved 2017-07-26. 
  4. ^ a b "Song artist 245 - Slade". Tsort.info. 2007-10-08. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  5. ^ "Ultimate Music Database". Umdmusic.com. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  6. ^ "1984 - Slade Fan Club www.sladefanclub.com". Sladefanclub.com. Retrieved 2017-07-26. 
  7. ^ http://www.sladefanclub.com/uploads/7/6/6/0/7660950/2541037_orig.jpeg
  8. ^ "1983 Press Cuttings". Slade Scrapbook. Retrieved 2017-07-26. 
  9. ^ "1983 Press Cuttings". Slade Scrapbook. Retrieved 2017-07-26. 
  10. ^ The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome - 2007 Salvo remaster booklet liner notes
  11. ^ "ALL Discography @ www.collectadisc.co.uk". Collectadisc.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-07-26. 
  12. ^ "Slade - (And Now - The Waltz) C'est La Vie at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  13. ^ "Images for Slade - (And Now - The Waltz) C'est La Vie". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  14. ^ "Images for Slade - Slade On Stage". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  15. ^ "Slade Ces`T La Vie". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  16. ^ "Don's Gigs 1971 - 1991 - Don Powell Official Website". Donpowellofficial.com. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  17. ^ "From Roots To Boots: The Slade Story". Sladestory.blogspot.co.uk. 2011-01-07. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  18. ^ "1983 Press Cuttings". Slade Scrapbook. Retrieved 2017-07-26. 
  19. ^ "Get Ready to ROCK! Review of CD album resissues by rock band Slade called The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome,You Boyz Make Big Noize,The Collection 70-87,Rogues Gallery". Getreadytorock.com. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  20. ^ "1986 - Slade Fan Club www.sladefanclub.com". Sladefanclub.com. Retrieved 2017-07-26.