David Coverdale Says He Had To Start Over After Whitesnake’s ‘Slide It In’

Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale recently appeared on the band’s official YouTube channel and stated that he had to start over after their 1984 album, ‘Slide It In,’ since he didn’t have a band.

Slide It In‘ is the sixth studio album of Whitesnake, released in 1984. However, the album was produced while there was turmoil within the band. The record has two different editions along with two different lineups. The band initially recorded the album in 1983, and their then-lineup included Coverdale, guitarists Micky Moody and Mel Galley, bassist Colin Hodgkinson and keyboardist Jon Lord. The band dropped this version of the album in the UK.

Soon after, the band’s lineup changed. Thin Lizzy guitarist John Sykes and bassist Neil Murray joined the group to replace Moody and Hodgkinson. Then, they re-recorded the album with the contributions of Sykes, Murray, and keyboardist Bill Cuomo before its US release. The record included the band’s first breakthrough hits in the US and marked a shift to a heavier sound in their style.

During a recent appearance, David Coverdale talked about the changing sound in ‘Still of the Night,’ released as part of their self-titled studio album of 1987. The singer explained that he had to start over after ‘Slide It In’ due to the lineup and sound shift within the band. For Coverdale, working with a guitarist like John Sykes was a great chance, and they came up with many different ideas together. Thus, the song came about due to the perfect collaboration and became one of the band’s most popular songs.

David Coverdale speaking on starting over:

“I didn’t have a band after ‘Slide It In,’ so it was coming to America to start over, as it were. A huge element was working with John Sykes, the guitar player. He came with a bunch of ideas; I had a bunch of ideas. I wanted more electric musicians, ‘Notice me, not afraid to come on stage,’ and walk up and own the crowd.

And John had that energy, and as people can testify, an extraordinary, gifted musician. So we were jamming on ideas. I’d had this riff for a while; I’d found it in my mother’s attic on an old cassette. I wanted a kind of ‘Jailhouse Rock,’ one of my favorite rock songs ever, my introduction to Elvis Presley courtesy of my auntie Sylvia.

So I played these things to John, and he took the riff to cosmic levels. The rest is history. It unfolded really well; all the fates and the muses were aligned. It was an amazing, amazing time. And we came up with super stuff, which fed the next 35 years of Whitesnake.”

You can watch the video below.