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22 Years Ago Def Leppard's Action Hits Number 14 In UK

Friday, 22nd January 2016

Action 1994.

Def Leppard's classic single Action hit Number 14 in the UK singles chart 22 years ago on this day in 1994.

The song was the first cover version to be released as a single by the band. It spent five weeks on the chart in all (3 weeks inside the Top 40) peaking at Number 14. This was one better than the original by Sweet from 1974 which got to Number 15.

It was revamped from the 1992 B Side version and released as a single on 4th January 1994 from the October 1993 'Retro-Active' collection.

Joe Elliott - Vault Inner Sleeve Quote

"If you're going to cover a song there's two choices: either copy it exactly or do it completely different. We opted for the former and got Andy Scott's enthusiastic approval."

Def Leppard - Retro-Active Inner Sleeve Quote

"We wanted to do a couple of cover tunes for the 'Adrenalize' album B-Sides. We did this tune because we were all Big Sweet fans. Nuff said."

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