less than 20 seconds are heard during the first minute of the episode, playing from the radio seen on-screen at the front of the garage.
Releases (select releases):
7" 45rpm single (Polydor 2058 422), released 7th December 1973. It was re-issued in November 1985 (Polydor POSP 780) with a different picture sleeve, alongside two different 12" singles that boasted an extended remix by Jim Lea & Peter Hammond (POSPX 780 & PZ 112); these and the 7" were re-pressed (with the same release codes and sleeves) in December 1986. The song was re-launched on 7" and CD-single in November 1989 (Receiver BOYZ 4), with its third picture sleeve, and a remix by Slade vs. Flush was released in December 1998 (Polydor SLADEX25 563353-1) on 12" and CD.
The original track was also featured on the the Slade compilation 'Slade Smashes' (Polydor POLTV-13), released in November 1980, and on the B-side of 'Universe' in December 1991 (Polydor 189) on 7", 12" and CD-single. (Various live recordings were also released, including one that fronted a 7" EP entitled 'Xmas Ear Bender' in November 1980.) Finally, as well as appearing on many 'Best of' and 'Greatest Hits' Slade releases, the song has been a staple on most Christmas compilation LPs since 1974.
Availability (select releases):
currently available on pretty much every Christmas album released in the last 20 years, including 'The Best Christmas Album in the World... Ever!'
double-CD (Virgin TV VTDCD648), released in November 2004; and on 'The Very Best of Slade'
CD (UMTV 9800715), released in November 2005.