‘So here it is, Merry Christmas!’ Noddy Holder wakes his wife every December 25 shouting his Slade catchphrase

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‘You think it’s loud on the record, you have no idea!’ said Noddy’s long-suffering wife of his catchphrase  (ES Composite)
‘You think it’s loud on the record, you have no idea!’ said Noddy’s long-suffering wife of his catchphrase (ES Composite)

Noddy Holder’s wife Suzan Price has revealed that he wakes her up every December 25 shouting his Slade catchphrase: “It’s Christmas!”.

The 76-year-old singer’s hit Merry Xmas Everybody was a UK number one in 1973 and has become a fixture of the festive season ever since.

The track, which still earns Holder an estimated £500,000 in royalties every year, is clearly also a mainstay in the Price/Holder household.

In her column in the current issue of Cheshire Life magazine, Price wrote: “Christmas a deux with Noddy Holder has its moments and, yes, he does wake me up on December 25th by bellowing… Can you guess?

Holder and wife Suzan Price, at the MEN Pride of Manchester Awards 2022 in May, have been together for 32 years (Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
Holder and wife Suzan Price, at the MEN Pride of Manchester Awards 2022 in May, have been together for 32 years (Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)

“If you think it’s loud on the record, you have no idea!” she added.

"Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would end up married to a man as synonymous with Christmas (almost) as much as Santa himself.”

The pair, who share 27-year old son Django, married in 2004 and have been together for 32 years.

She continued: “It’s a bit weird to know my husband is such a big part of everyone else’s festivities.

Noddy Holder, pictured far right with his Slade bandmates, in 1975 (ES/Getty Images)
Noddy Holder, pictured far right with his Slade bandmates, in 1975 (ES/Getty Images)

“Slade’s Merry Xmas Everybody will be 50 years old next year. The track is now as much a part of Christmas as crackers and cranberry sauce.”

Price also has to contend with the track “following her everywhere” as it’s played in so many shops.

The Wolverhampton band formed in 1966, with drummer Don Powell and violinist/bassist Jim Lea, alongside Holder and Dave Hill.

Merry Xmas Everybody became their biggest hit, with its catchy chorus: “So here it is, Merry Christmas/Everybody’s having fun...”

Holder and Lea left the band in 1992, with Hill and Powell continuing on as Slade with a string of other musicians.