Def Leppard- High 'n' Dry
Just to be clear, this copy is the 1984 reissue with the "Bringin' on the Heartbreak" and "Me and My Wine" remixes. They released it after Pyromania blew up. It makes sense for me to own this copy instead of the original since I didn't get into this album until after Pyromania.
It's definitely their heaviest album if not their best. Which is hard for me to say since I love them all, but I'd probably recommend this one first if someone wanted to get their first Def Leppard record. Which you should totally do, by the way if you haven't already.
So can anyone name me a better power ballad than "Bringin' On The Heartbreak"? And I gotta say that "Switch 625" is probably my all time favorite rock instrumental. Props to the late, but great Steve Clark for writing that one. Pretty awesome that they are back to back on the record too.
Speaking of Steve Clark, has there ever been a cooler looking dude playing the guitar? Damn, he held that guitar so low! When I tried to become a guitar player, that's how I always held mine too. Maybe if I held it normally, I'd be a better player! I know some of you are thinking right now of so and so who also played their guitar like that, but for me, it was all Steve Clark. I can't believe it's been almost 20 years since he died. RIP, Steve "Steamin" Clark. Did anyone see that VH1 movie, "Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story"? I don't know why I just thought of that. Terrible movie, but I'd still watch it every time VH1 showed it. Pop quiz: What did VH1 originally stand for?
As much as I love "Bringin' On The Heartbreak", I'm not too crazy about the remix version that leads off Side 2. Just unnecessary with the added synthesizers. Thank God, it's the original that still gets the radio play. They really should have moved it to the end of the album. It breaks up the flow of the record. I'm listening to it now as I type this and I'm itching to get through it so I can hear "You Got Me Runnin'". Guess it's time to go see what's in the fridge while this is on.
Oy, we really need to go grocery shopping. Either we have nothing good to snack on or I'm being picky as hell. Oh well, at least "You Got Me Runnin'" is on now. One of my all time favorite Def Leppard songs and my favorite on this album is "On Through The Night". I wonder if it was a throwaway track when they recorded their debut or if they just liked the title so much that they cut a new song while recording this album. Guess I shouldn't put too much thought into it.
Feels like this is my longest post ever so I'm going to wrap it up. Here's a video of "Me and My Wine" which is a tip of the hat to The Young Ones. Good stuff.