On March 14, 1980, a band that is now seen as one of the leading names in classic rock, released their debut album. The album was called On Through The Night, and the band is no other than Def Leppard.
The album has done extremely well, and still is very well loved today. So much so that its been platinum in the US since May 9, 1989, and Canada since 1991. It also originally hit number 15 on the UK Album Charts and 51 on the Billboard 200. So, it clearly goes without saying that they were off to a fantastic start.
The album had a few different singles, and it actually depends on what country you were in. For the UK, they had "Getcha Rocks Off", the rest of Europe got, "Wasted /Hello America." Then the US got "Hello America/ Good Morning Freedom", followed by "Rock Brigade/ When The Walls Come Tumbling Down."
Now, I personally have always found it a bit hard to get into most of the rock music from the 80's or earlier, but I can definitely see Def Leppard's charm. While they are not my taste, and I often felt like I was struggling to hear the vocals over the instrumentals, as you do in most 80's music, they had a lot going for them.
The instrumentals are incredible, each track was quite powerful, and I really appreciate the overall flow of the songs.
My particular favorite was "Satellite." This one just drew my attention in for some reason, not to mention, I could actually hear Joe Elliot singing. Its a difficult to pinpoint the exact meaning of the song, leaving it up for interpretation. I would say its about love, having control over you. "Its got the power, it's got the strength to steal away your soul." But I also could see it being more of a conspiracy theory, or even about aliens, since it does speak of the bright lights shining from the sky. Either way, its an interesting track, and definitely my favorite.
This is one of those albums that has a rating that goes without saying, in a way. While its not over all my taste, I can't say it's bad. It was a whole other era, and therefor, it won't be for everyone. However, Def Leppard began with this, and paved the road for all the rock and metal bands we have today, so you have to give it its credit. Music has come along way, you still have to appreciate the classics.
This was only the beginning for Def Leppard, they've released eleven more albums over the years and are still very active today. So active in fact, that they will be going out on tour with Poison and Tesla. The tour begins on April 8, and concludes on June 25. Also during this tour will be several US festivals, such as Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Rocklahoma, and River City Rockfest.
For more information, please visit Def Leppard's official website, along with the respective festival websites. And please stay tuned for a ton more content regarding all sorts of Fort Rock artists, Def Leppard included! We are posting a new review every day until late April, so you're going to have a lot to check out. Please be sure to leave your thoughts on all the albums, and start a conversation.
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