Get Updates/News. Updates/News by RSS Feed. Updates/News by Email. Get The Community Toolbar. Get The Community Toolbar.
Def Leppard Tour History Fan Archive.
20 Years Ago Def Leppard's Work It Out Single At 22 In UK Chart

Wednesday, 13th July 2016

Work It Out 1996.

Def Leppard's classic single Work It Out peaked at Number 22 in the UK charts on this day in 1996.

The second UK single to be released from the Slang album.

The single had been released in 1st July and was promoted with the band's second appearance on Top Of The Pops in 1996.

In total it spent 3 weeks inside the Top 100

At Number 21 were U2 rhythm section Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jnr with their 'Theme From Mission:Impossible' single.

Fellow rockers and band friends Bon Jovi were also in the Top 30 at Number 28 with 'Hey God'.

The 'Slang' single had peaked at Number 17 on 11th May.

UK Top Five Singles - 13th July 1996

  • 01 - Fugees - Killing Me Softly
  • 02 - Underworld - Born Slippy
  • 03 - Baddiel/Skinner - Three Lions
  • 04 - Peter Andre FT. Bubbler Ranx - Mysterious Girl
  • 05 - Celine Dion - Because You Loved Me
  • 22 - Def Leppard - Work It Out - (New Entry)

Work It Out - Song Description By Phil Collen 1996

"Viv's demo of this was pure pop and a great song but we wanted to give it a harder edge. This song took ages to get right as we tried to blend certain unusual elements ie... Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, and Bowie; while keeping the rock guitar thing happening. A lot of the stuff we record is due to a process of elimination and this song was no different."

"Joe's vocal was also very different from anything we've done in the past using Iggy Pop and late 70's Bowie as a guideline. Again, this song as almost everything on the album, was a progressive experiment while keeping the element of fun a priority. This is obvious during the middle section where we started to jam, going off on an inspired tangent, a benefit of recording live. The first U.S. single release and some of the coolest drum stuff I've ever heard Rick play."

Vivian Campbell - 1st March 2016 Interview Quotes

"It was so strange. It was my first record with Leppard and this song, one of the very first songs that I contributed to the band, actually ended up being the first single. That was nice, but it was probably the one song that actually ended up being I guess, the most produced. Then probably, ironically, the one that was closest in nature to what people expect of Def Leppard and strangely enough written by the new guy."

UK Promo CD Messages

"Def Leppard Work It Out - Taken from their top 5 album 'Slang', Work It Out is the second release set to follow Slang into the Top 20. The Lepps start their world tour in Bangkok on 28 May and will be reaching the UK in November."

"Work It Out" is the second single taken from Def Leppard's million selling album "Slang", and sees the band taking a radical new direction. The band are currently at US radio and also in South East Asia where they commence their world tour at the end of May."

Related News - 35 Years Ago Def Leppard Release The High 'n' Dry Album In The UK

Related News - 24 Years Ago Def Leppard's Make Love Like A Man At Number 12 In UK

Related News - 28 Years Ago Def Leppard Release Love Bites Single In The UK

Related News - 20 Years Ago Def Leppard Release The Work It Out Single In The UK

Related News - 24 Years Ago Def Leppard Release Make Love Like A Man Single

Related News - 7 Years Ago Def Leppard Release Pyromania/Adrenalize Deluxe Editions

Related News - The Story Of Def Leppard's Euphoria Album (Released 17 Years Ago)

Related News - 5 Years Ago Def Leppard Launch Mirrorball Live Album/World Tour (Video)