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34 Years Ago DEF LEPPARD Release LOVE BITES Single In The UK

Def Leppard 1988. Love Bites 1988

Def Leppard released their classic Love Bites single 34 years ago on this day in 1988 in the UK.

The fifth single to be released from the 'Hysteria' album in the UK.

It was released on 4th July 1988 reaching Number 11 and spent five weeks on the UK chart.

The release date coincided with US Independence Day and the song would go on to become their one and only Number One single in the USA.

In the UK it was advertised as the "Final single from the Hysteria album".

For this reason the special 12" collectors edition of the single featured four extra card sleeves. Together with 'Love Bites' and the first four UK 12" single covers, these extra four pieces made up the full 'Hysteria' album cover.

This was the only way to use the single covers to make up the full album. Only five 7" covers could be used in the UK and six in the USA/Canada.

'Rocket' would go on to be the sixth single from the album in the UK. It featured a unique cover that wasn't one of the nine segments of the main album cover design.

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