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20 Years Ago Def Leppard's Slang Single At Number 17 On UK Chart

Wednesday, 11th May 2016

Slang 1996.

Def Leppard's classic single Slang hit Number 17 in the UK singles chart 20 years ago on this day in 1996.

It entered at Number 18th on 4th May before rising to 17 in its second week helped by another Top Of The Pops performance.

The single was released on 22nd April 1996 and was the first of four UK singles from the album of the same name.

It spent five weeks in total on the Top 100 chart.

Slang - Song Description By Phil Collen 1996

"Contrary to popular belief this song is not about shagging! In fact, it's more of a safe sex anthem (avoiding contact and the like). We wanted to blend metal guitars with an almost James Brown kind of thing over a modern dance track then add some Latin percussion and stuff. It's very hard to make those hybrid or fusion type songs work, but we really nailed it!"

Slang 1996.
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Joe Elliott - May 1996 Biography Quote

"Possibly the most obvious Def Leppard thing on the record. We wanted to get a thing going, a cross between a Kinksy, Stonesy rock song and a rap thing."

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