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NODDY: THE SOUND OF MUSIC DRIVES ME CRAZEE..! (...as do all Julie Andrews musicals).

Byline: BOB HAYWOOD Special Correspondent

CHRISTMAS rock legend Noddy Holder has revealed his pet hate ... Julie Andrews musicals.

Noddy, who was singer with the Black Country band Slade, said: "I hate The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins.

"The music is too saccharine and all those cod posh English accents drive me mad."

Noddy, 69, spoke of his 'phobia' about Julie Andrew musicals in a frank interview about his views on life. He said his best trait was 'being a very loyal friend', adding: "I'm also a good listener. As I get older, more and more people come to me for advice.

"Because of my experience of life, I think I give good advice."

Asked about his worst trait, he admitted: "I am a control freak. This year, the drummer in my first band found five rules and regulations that I had drawn up for the other members.

"I was 12 years old at the time." Walsall-born Noddy said his biggest regret was the aftermath of the break-up of the original line-up of Slade 23 years ago.

"It really saddens me that the four guys who were still in Slade - Dave Hill, Jim Lea, Don Powell and me - can't get together now and sit round the dinner table," he said.

"Five years ago, I got the four of us together so we could air our grievances face-to-face.

"But it was so painful I'd never want to repeat it.

"I was shocked." Noddy said his biggest professional disappointment was that Slade failed to make it big in the USA.

"We worked there a lot and we didn't get much airtime because our music was considered too rowdy," he explained.

"We were a decade ahead of our time because in the 1980s, a band named Quiet Riot covered Cum on Feel the Noize and had a No 1 single."

Slade, whose members came from Walsall and Wolverhampton, were one of the biggest bands of the 1970s.

They had 17 consecutive Top 20 hits and six No 1s, and their biggest-selling single was Merry Xmas Everybody which has been in the festive charts every year since 2006.

Their other big hits included Cum on Feel the Noize, Mama Weer All Crazee Now and Coz I Love You.

After the band split in 1992, Dave Hill, Don Powell and three other musicians set up Slade II.

Noddy, who helped present the Pride of Birmingham Awards at the city's Town Hall in October, is now a radio DJ on two stations in Manchester, and has appeared on TV, including a cameo role in Coronation Street.

He is honoured in the Walk of Stars in Birmingham's Broad Street and his voice is used on lift announcements in Walsall New Art Gallery.

Noddy said his dream dinner date would be singer Al Jolson, adding: "I grew up with his music because my dad was mad about him.

"I think he'd be most entertaining."

Asked how he would like to be remembered, Noddy said: "As somebody who puts smiles on people's faces.

"I'll chit-chat to anybody in the street and generally they seem pleased to see me, although sometimes they're disappointed that I'm not wearing a top hat with mirrors, and platform shoes. People think I live in a cave all year and come out in December shouting: It's Chriiisstmaass!"

The music is too saccharine and all those cod posh English accents drive me mad

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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Dec 20, 2015
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