Monday, January 18, 2016
Def Leppard - 'Bringin' On The Heartbreak - 1984 Remix' from High 'N' Dry (1981)
I may be in the minority, but I prefer the 1984 Mutt Lange remix of 'Bringin' On The Heartbreak' because I like my Def Leppard with as many sonic and visual layers as possible: echo, keyboards, pink forests, dry ice, crucified Joe Elliot, Heavy Metal Lady Of The Lake, synchronized forklifts, etc. I love Def Leppard. High N Dry, Pyromania, Hysteria are all albums I have delighted to for decades and decades. I got Hysteria first and that has made all the difference, although I was certainly familiar with the MTV/radio hits of years prior. Hysteria is the Dark Side Of The Moon of Pop Metal. High 'N' Dry is a great album on its own terms, which really rock extremely hard. But 'Bringin' On The Heartbreak' is the next best thing to an early-80's Frozen Heart Scorpions Love Ballad which exists and that is an amazing thing. The first single from High N Dry is 'Let It Go' which rocks like crazy, like a more energetic pop-oriented version of AC/DC and has amazingly stupid lyrics directing a desired romantic encounter with a 'cool woman'. Like, if she is so cool, why don't you want her to exhibit sexual agency and discourse surrounding your potential interaction? Isn't this sort of thing supposed to be mutually agreed upon? Maybe she would seem less 'uptight' if there was dialogue and not monologue happening? Anyway, it DOES Rock, however, benightedly. Later Def Leppard would be better at accepting women as equal partners, Hail Satan. Bonus Lep: Here is a live (audio only) rendition of High N Dry's 'Lady Strange' from 1980. It is about a Strange Lady Who Is Strange. This version rules about a billion times harder than the truly awesome album version. It has MORE RIFFS! Bonus Heartbreak: Mariah Carey did a fine and lovely rendition of 'Bringin' On The Heartbreak' in 2002 for Charmbracelet. She focuses not on the expected pyromania, but on more of a slow-burn torch approach. Mariah is as always the awesome, so I couldn't not include it here! Hail Mariah!!! Hi Dave Navarro!!!