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32 Years Ago DEF LEPPARD Release ARMAGEDDON IT Single In UK

Def Leppard 1988. Armageddon It 1988

Def Leppard released their classic Armageddon It single 32 years ago on this day in 1988 in the UK.

The fourth single to be released from the 'Hysteria' album in their homeland.

It was released on 28th March 1988 reaching Number 20 and spent five weeks on the UK chart.

Four of those weeks were spent inside the Top 40.

It entered at Number 28 before rising to its peak position of 20 in the second week.

The fourth consecutive Top 20 or Top 30 single from the 'Hysteria' album in the UK.

Two more would follow by early 1989.

The song made it's live debut in Holland on 24th June 1987 in Tilburg, Holland. It was also performed live in a rehearsal studio for Japanese TV ahead of the main 'Hysteria' world tour in August.

The single was released on 7", 12", cassette, 7" picture bag, Picture Disc CD and as a Limited Edition 12" Collectors box. The B-Sides featured a new song 'Ring Of Fire' which had been recorded in February 1987.

The 12" featured an extended version of the single titled 'Armageddon It (The Nuclear Mix)' which lasted 7:43 minutes. The 7" was listed as 'Armageddon It (The Atomic Mix)' but was actually the same 5:22 album version. It is believed the 'Atomic' and 'Nuclear' titles were used to tie in with the lyrics as a joke or to signify that the 12" had an extended mix on it.

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