Bookended by Cats was named after Milo and Otis. They are the short, orange, and furry brothers who, upon entering our lives in 2003, often bookended us on our couch. And who are we? We're a geek couple living in PA. We love music, movies, TV, comics, books, and comic cons. And, from time to time, we'll share our thoughts on these nerdy things.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Friday 80s Flashback for July 12, 2019

[High 'n' Dry] -- 38 years ago this week, Def Leppard released their second full length album, High 'n' Dry (1981). This record charted at #38 on the Billboard 200 in the US, and #26 on the UK's Albums Chart. Those are good rankings, but Def Leppard didn't really achieve breakout status until 1983, with their third album, Pyromania. And after the success of Pyromania, High 'n' Dry entered the charts for the 2nd time. The first time around, High 'n' Dry released two singles: "Let It Go" and "Bringing On The Heartbreak." The latter of the two was remixed and re-released as a single in 1984. This is a seminal record in the annals of hard rock history. But I have to admit, I didn't really pay attention to it until after Pyromania. But looking back on it, I can see Def Leppard's craft developing. Was it evident that their brand of working class hard rock was going to conquer the charts? Well, I don't know about that. But I do know the band's guitar riffs and vocal tracking were developing quite nicely. At least, if you're a fan of that kind of thing, and I definitely am. 

For this week, I couldn't pick just three tracks. So, I'm featuring the entire album. Enjoy!

Flashback"Let it rock, yeah | Let it roll, let it | Let it go, let it go."

Well, that's all till next week. Dedicated 80s-philes can find more flashbacks in the Prophet or Madman archives or via Bookended's 80s Flashback tag. As always, your comments are welcome on today's, or any other, flashback post. And if you like what I'm doing here, please share the link with your friends. If, however, you don't like the flashback, feel free to share it with your enemies.

I'll see you in seven!

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