Rock | Hair Metal | United States

Def Leppard High 'n' Dry

The Fur of the Leopard was still Heavy & Metallic at this point.

The album features super hit, Bringin' On the Heartbreak, rockin' leadoff hitter, Let It Go, and a bevy of early Leppard metal tunes that won't leave you musically high 'n' dry.

The record's artwork was designed by Storm Thorgerson. The same Storm Thorgerson who did Pink Floyd's outstanding artwork. He also worked with Wings, UFO, Led Zeppelin and a ton of other greats, including AC/DC, Europe, and Sammy Hagar.

Anyway, High 'n' Dry helped to solidify the band as a major player in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Their version of metal was obviously lighter in fare, but awesome nonetheless.

Let It Go

Released on August 14th across the pond, Let It Go tosses metal logs into the furnace of the Def Leppard train. An amazing lead off tune for the second studio album. Willis and Clark rip on Let It Go.

Let It Rock. Let It Roll. Let It Go. Def Leppard's music is perpetually eager to please.

Another Hit and Run

British Metal finery!

We think Dave Grohl stole the Everlong drum work from two-handed Rick Allen on Another Hit and Run. Early Leppard's riffage was always driving forward. Such a bad ass tune. Somehow Def Leppard's transition from metal to hair metal doesn't take as much flack as some of the other bands out there. Perhaps that's because the band never went out of their way to emphasize the "hair" in hair metal. A case could be made for both Def Leppard and Guns N' Roses that they were never really hair metal after all. One listen to this track would support that argument.

HIT AND RUN! HIT AND RUN! HIT AND RUN! HIT AND RUN!

Another Hit and Run!

High 'n' Dry (Saturday Night)

The title track.

Bringin' On the Heartbreak

Bringin' On the Heartbreak sitting squarely in the Power Ballad 4th track position. Love it. Respect the formula.

Switch 625 (Instrumental)

Switch 625 was recently featured in the closing scene of The Rise, Cobra Kai's Season 4 finale. It was the perfect music to close out the season, considering Daniel's actions in the scene. We're just surprised the music wasn't layered over a scene with Johnny Lawrence.

You Got Me Runnin'

Heartbeat kick drum. Thump. Thump. Everyone's on alert now with the choppy guitar strokes.

Lady Strange

Very Maiden-esque harmonized opening. Lady Strange has awesome riffage. Joe, Rik, and the fellas all want a piece of Lady Strange. On any given Saturday night, 87% of all of the Roadrunners, Challengers, and Camaros on the road had Lady Strange blasting on the tape deck.

On Through the Night

Hard chargining Maiden callback here in the intro.

Mirror, Mirror (Look into My Eyes)

Savage's bass is savage. Got a real nice growling thump going on Mirror, Mirror.

No No No

A little out of control is a gnarly way to end an album. DL was just saving all the slow jams for Adrenalize.

More High 'n' Dry Details

High 'n' Dry Info
Release Date July 6th, 1981
Length 42:15
Producer Mutt Lange
Studio Battery Studios
Record Label Mercury | Vertigo