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Slik
United Kingdom

Years: Nov, 1974 - Sep, 1977
Styles: Bubblegum Rock, Glam Rock, Pop Rock, Soft Rock

Founder

Jim McGinlay - Bass Guitar (in band: 1974 - 1977)
Midge Ure - Guitar, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Vocals (in band: 1974 - 1977)
Billy McIsaac - Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals (in band: 1974 - 1977)
Kenny Hyslop - Drums (in band: 1974 - 1977)

Members

Russell Webb - Backing vocals, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion (in band: 1977)

Biography

RockBoar.com Picture     Slik were a Scottish glam rock group of the mid 1970s, most notable for their UK no.1 hit "Forever and Ever" in 1976. Beginning with glam rock and changing their style to soft rock/bubblegum. It was the first band with whom singer and guitarist Midge Ure began to experience musical success, before joining new wave band Ultravox.

     Now signed to Polydor, the band members all adopted pseudonyms - Midge, Oil Slik (Kenny Hyslop), Jim Slik (Jim McGinlay) and Lord Slik (Billy McIsaac). These were dropped after the failure of "Boogiest Band in Town", their debut single (which was also on the soundtrack of the film "Never Too Young To Rock"), and their suits were exchanged for 1950s style baseball outfits. A change of record label also saw them signing with Bell Records.

     This was followed by their greatest success when their single "Forever And Ever" reached number one in the UK Singles Chart in February 1976. As a result of the single, readers of The Sun newspaper voted Slik the best new band of the year. The song formula was repeated with their next single, "Requiem", which made the UK top 30 but failed to repeat the success of "Forever and Ever". Ure was injured in a car accident shortly after the release of the single, resulting in the cancellation of television appearances and a planned UK tour.

     Following the "Requiem" single, the band's self-titled album was released but this was a commercial failure, peaking only at no.58 in the UK. Subsequent Slik singles failed to chart.

   In March 1977 Jim McGinlay left the group and was replaced by Russell Webb, a university drop-out,  who continued for the final Slik gigs.


Albums

Slik (1976)

Singles & EPs

Boogiest Band in Town / Hatchet (Mar, 1975)
Forever and Ever / Again My Love (Jan, 1976)
Requiem / Everyday Anyway (May, 1976)
The Kid's a Punk / Slik Shuffle (Jul, 1976)
Don't Take Your Love Away / This Side Up (Dec 10, 1976)

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