Toronto Mike

Cum on Feel the Noize Remembered


Are you sitting down?  I'm about to drop a factoid on your ass that could shake the very foundation of your being.  "Cum on Feel the Noize" was not a Quiet Riot original.  It was originally released by Slade in 1973 a full decade before Quiet Riot released their cover in 1983.  Ask any 33 year old which version they know best and the answer is guaranteed to be Quiet Riot's.

With Kevin DuBrow's passing, Quiet Riot's "Cum on Feel the Noize" is bouncing around my head.  In 1983 I was nine years old and there was no MuchMusic.  Our music videos came from shows like Video Hits and Toronto Rocks, or the CHUM Chart show City-TV aired every Saturday afternoon.  One of the staples in 1984 was this song.  With few videos to choose from, it got plenty of airplay and we all knew it by heart.

In the school yard, the lyrics were always altered.  This could very well be my introduction to the f-word.  In the playground of St. Pius X we sang "Cum on feel the noise, girls f**k the boys".  I often wonder if this was a very localized bastardization of the lyrics or if it was wide spread.  Did anyone else alter the lyrics so?

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