Mammal’s Merry Memories: Def Leppard – Photograph (1983)
Posted by ChristopherMammal
There are many metal fans today who dismiss Def Leppard as a commercially driven pop-rock band, not true metal. That’s understandable in late-comers to the music of Def Leppard. With the release of their sixth album, Slang, in 1996, the band changed its style considerably and became a soft alternative rock band. My first reaction to Slang was: “Hello, hello, what’s going on here, then? Move along, please, there’s nothing to see here.”
The band released nine albums between 1980 and 2008. It is their first five albums that I love. Def Leppard never set out to be a metal band. They did however establish themselves as one of the best and most consistently musical hard rock bands of the 1980s.
“True” metal lovers can point to another reason for their disdain. Even at the height of their hard rock phase, Def Leppard were sometimes listed as a pop metal band or (urk) glam metal.
To me, their third album, Pyromania (1983), is their stand-out. The most successful song on the album was this one. It awakens special memories for me.