When Slade embarked upon their one and only movie in 1974, fans and critics alike were expecting something like a Glam Rock update of The Beatles’ ‘A Hard Days Night’, released a decade earlier. After all, Slade were the ultimate good time band: irreverent, loud and armed with a terrific set of singalong stompers. Expectations were confounded, however, upon release of the film. Gritty realism, exposing the seedy reality of band life in the late 60s, was the order of the day and Flame is all the better for it. Now rightly lauded as one of the finest rock/pop movies ever made.