"Rocket" - Def Leppard
from the album Hysteria (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #12 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 9
Today's song of the day comes from British pop/metal band Def Leppard, whose career pinnacle Hysteria album had already spun off five huge hits with "Animal", "Hysteria", "Pour Some Sugar On Me", "Armageddon It", and the #1 pop single "Love Bites". The seventh single from the record (the first release "Women" gloriously and unexplainedly tanked at #80) was "Rocket", again written by the band with uber-producer Rob "Mutt" Lange, with sonic tools he'd use later on to send his then-wife Shania Twain's career to the same heights...
"Rocket" became the sixth top-40 pop hit from Hysteria in the States in April of 1989. The single also reached #5 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart. Internationally, the song made it to #3 in Canada, #5 in Ireland and New Zealand, and #15 in Australia and their home of Britain.
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Here's the album version of the song, which had tons more special effect plugged in...
...and lastly, Leppard live on tour in 1992 (after guitarist Steve Clark had been replaced by Vivian Campbell)...
Up tomorrow: Latin freestyler has something on her mind.