rock rock (till you drop)

I highly recommend cranking up some Def Leppard songs every now and then and dancing around your apartment/home/van down by the river while singing loudly even though one or both of your dogs/children/Jerhova’s Witnesses selling the Watchtower keep staring at you as if you’re an idiot. You’re not an idiot. It’s fun. Do it.

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The first time I heard Def Leppard I was eleven. We’d gone to Wisconsin–a family of four and all of our luggage, a three day drive there and a three day drive back in a Subaru GL hatchback. I don’t recommend it!–for a family reunion during the summer. While there my brother and I found a record store, because kids in a strange land will always find a music store, an arcade, and somewhere to buy junk food. We found the aforementioned music store, a laundromat with a Pac Man machine, and an A&W Root Beer stand. My brother took home Def Leppard’s Pyromania album. I’d never heard of them, but the album’s cover looked cool. For no apparent reason I purchased a cassette titled My Beach by the Surf Punks. I’d never heard of them either, but with 18 songs I figured I was getting my money’s worth. The Surf Punks kind of sucked, but they were also amusing and appealed my 11 year old boy sensibilities. “Turn that shit off,” my brother said. I did as ordered. It was less painful that way. He played Def Leppard and I pretended not to like it, but I secretly loved it instantly. Every song on the album was perfection. Then we spent a half hour lifting the needle and dropping it back to the beginning of “Rock of Ages,” trying to figure out what the hell they were saying. I think that’s the real reason I took German class in junior high and high school.

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7 Responses to rock rock (till you drop)

  1. Kate says:

    Did Mrs. Libby ever tell you what they were saying?

  2. Becky says:

    Then we spent a half hour lifting the needle and dropping it back to the beginning of “Rock of Ages,” trying to figure out what the hell they were saying.

    HA, life before the Internet. Shit drove us crazy…And that’s the way it was. And we liked it! We loved it! Hallelujah!

    • We didn’t know, and that was okay!

      • Mike says:

        Dropping that needle with your brother sounds like a lot more fun than just looking it up on Wikipedia— which I did, because I just had to:

        These four words that you hear at the start of “Rock of Ages”, mean nothing, though the band sometimes jokingly claims it means “running through the forest silently”. It’s actually just German sounding gibberish, said by producer Mutt Lange during one of the later takes of the song. Lange was a perfectionist and would often do dozens & dozens of takes, and after repeatedly beginning so many with the standard count, “One, two, three, four” he simply started saying nonsense words instead, the band liking this one so much that they included it on the album.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_of_Ages_(song)

        By the way, Def Leppard is rerecording some of their songs to work around their record label, including “Rock of Ages”: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/def-leppard-re-recording-forgeries-of-old-hits-20120703

  3. ablueskyboy says:

    Pyromania and Hysteria are my most favorite Def Leppard albums. Just the other day, I saw an 8-12 year old, at a corner’s crossing light, air guitaring to some car’s (not someone’s) copy of Billy’s got a gun, “can you feel it in the air!”

    I kid you not.

    I’m sure some Grinch’s heart grew 2 1/2 sizes that day.

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