DEF LEPPARD CELEBRATES THE 39TH ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR SECOND ALBUM
Def Leppard’s 1981 release High N’ Dry is by far my favorite album by the group. I know that I’m not the only one, as I’ve read scores of others saying the same. The album came out on July 6th, 1981, and went double platinum in the U.S. in 1992. The band has just released a video, celebrating the release of the album.
One of the most interesting things mentioned in the video is the following:
During their formative years in the late 70s became one of the hottest properties to emerge from the “New Wave Of British Heavy Metal”
What’s interesting to me is that the band has always shied away from this term. They haven’t wanted to be grouped in with other NWOBHM band. Over the years, they’ve been pretty adamant about not being called heavy metal or hard rock band. I’ve always thought this was confusing given the fact that their first three album On Through The Night, High N’ Dry and Pyromania were so influential to hard rock and heavy metal bands of the early 80s. I’m also bias as I love those albums, and still listen to them.
They were also going on The Stadium Tour with Motley Crue and Poison, not exactly two R&B acts.
The band has also recently revisited those albums with recent release, The Vinyl/CD Box Set Volume One and The Early Years 79 – 81. I love that they’re calling attention to the album, and so they should it’s great top to bottom. For my money, one of the quintessential albums of that era.