Sunday, March 27, 2016

"Foolin'" by Def Leppard

Song#:  1593
Date:  09/03/1983
Debut:  85
Peak:  28
Weeks:  14
Genre:  Hard Rock

Pop Bits:  Def Leppard's pop-metal sound was winning over fans in a big way. Their third LP, Pyromania, burned up the charts thanks to two Top 20 singles - "Photograph" (#12) and "Rock of Ages" (#16). Both tracks were also #1's at Rock. This third single couldn't do quite as well, but it was still a significant hit getting into the Pop Top 30 and reaching #9 at Rock. The hits helped make Pyromania one of the biggest selling hard rock albums ever. It would eventually be certified in the US at diamond level, which indicates sales of over 10 million. You might think this was the band's peak, yet it wasn't. It was just a warm up for an even bigger album.

ReduxReview:  And yet another great track from Pyromania. They titled the album right because these guys were on fire! These are songs that still sound meaty and delicious even today. You can blame (or credit) these guys for the whole pop-metal/hair metal craze of the 80s, but you can't deny how great they were.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Only three singles from Pyromania would be issued for sales in the US. However, more of the album's tracks would be played on Rock radio, which certainly helped sales of the album. In total, seven of the LP's ten tracks would get on to the Rock chart. In addition to the three proper singles mentioned above, four other tracks got significant airplay: "Too Late for Love" (#9), "Comin' Under Fire" (#24), "Billy's Got a Gun" (#33), and "Action! Not Words" (#42).


1 comment:

  1. The first music video I ever saw on MTV was this song. I walked into a friend's house and there it was on the TV. I didn't have much access to cable TV in the 80's.