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Wasted (1979)

Wasted 1979.

  • UK Release Date - 9th November 1979.
  • US Release Date - n/a.
  • Format - 7 Inch.
  • Producer - Nick Tauber/Def Leppard.
  • Studio - Olympic Studios, London, England (September 1979).
  • Record Label - Vertigo.
  • Unused Songs From Recording Session - Glad I'm Alive, Rock Brigade.
  • UK Chart - 61 (17th November 1979/3 weeks on chart)
  • US Chart - n/a.
  • News Link - 41 Years Ago DEF LEPPARD's WASTED Single At Number 61 In the UK
  • Re-Recorded For The Album - On Through The Night

Single Notes By dltourhistory

The second 7" single by Def Leppard was released in November 1979. 'Wasted' was the first seven inch single to feature a picture cover and artwork. The front cover had live shots by a young Ross Halfin from Hammersmith Odeon 1979 whilst supporting Sammy Hagar - their first London show. The song reached number 61 in the UK charts. The back of the sleeve had the song titles on a black background and a picture of a buckled cowboy boot. This was used as the advertising artwork for the single. It featured the slogan "...Putting the boot in." and also promoted the support slot with AC/DC in the UK.

The band were originally booked to record a new four song E.P. at the legendary Olympic Studios but their new management decided to scrap the release plans and instead issue this 7" single. Videos for the songs were not used but have since surfaced via You Tube (in 2009). Two clips including 'Wasted' were posted by the director of the shoot. The other clip features the Olympic Studios recording of 'Rock Brigade' - never released on vinyl.

Both songs and 'Rock Brigade' were all re-recorded in December 1979 for inclusion on the debut album.

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