You Boyz Make Big Noize is the twelfth album by the British rock group Slade. It was released on 27 April 1987 and reached number 98 in the UK charts spending just one week in the UK charts. The album was based on a 70s sound with 80s technology. This was the last studio album by the original lineup; the next Slade album featured Dave Hill and Don Powell with a different lead singer and bass player, and was under the guise of Slade II.
As the band still would not tour or perform live, they hoped a hit album would put Slade where they belonged. The band hired producer Roy Thomas Baker but his working methods proved to lengthy and expensive for the band. Drummer Don Powell recalled "it took three days just getting drum sounds". Baker completed 2 tracks, John Punter, who had produced previous Slade material, produced another two and Slade's Jim Lea finished the rest.Following the failure of the two singles Still The Same and That's What Friends Are For, the album was an inevitable commercial disappointment. RCA lost interest in promoting the album.
Though by no means deserving of its ignoble failure, You Boyz Make Big Noize is not quite the triumphant swansong the band would have liked and undoubtedly reflects the disparate nature of the group at the time. Don Powell remembered "It wasn't us, there was no identity on that album. It would have been nice for the original band to have gone out with a better album, like the Slade in Flame album or Slayed. It was like a certain magic was missing. The closeness that we'd had wasn't there".
To the ongoing heartache of their fans, Slade would never regain that closeness. After, Noddy Holder was adamant. "Never again!!" he wrote in his autobiography. Beyond the hit Radio Wall of Sound in 1991, "never again" it was