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20 Years Ago Def Leppard's Slang Album Enters US Chart At Number 14

Wednesday, 1st June 2016

Slang 1996.

Def Leppard's sixth studio album Slang entered the US album chart at Number 14 on this day in 1996.

The album had been released on 13th May 1996 following on from the first US single 'Work It Out' which was also released in May.

Read about the making of the Slang Album which was released 20 years ago.

The album entered at Number 14 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

The Fugees were at Number 1 with 'The Score'.

The album spent 12 weeks on the chart. The shortest chart run for a Def Leppard studio album at that point.

USA Album Chart - 1st June 1996

  • 01 - Fugees - The Score
  • 02 - Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill
  • 03 - Celine Dion - Falling Into You
  • 04 - Hootie - Fairweather Johnson
  • 05 - Dave Mathews Band - Crash
  • 14 - Def Leppard - Slang (New Entry)

'Slang' had entered the UK album chart at Number 5 on 25th May 1996.

Joe Elliott - 1996 Band Biography Album Quotes

"It's the most vibrant and artistically satisfying record we've made," states Joe Elliott. "We've co-produced and written this record ourselves."

"The thing we're trying to achieve with this record," says Joe, "is that you didn't put it on and say, 'This is a great production,' which is what people judged Hysteria and maybe Adrenalize on. That was a big thing for us, we wanted people to hear the group rather than hear the production of the record."

"It's amazing, because we got that sound in a house," laughs Joe. "There was no fancy studio, it was just recorded on a little cheap desk in a house in Marbella."

"It was like going to Summer School," recalls Joe. "It was like Boys Together Outrageously. We got on with doing the job. We didn't have to clock-watch. We could look out the window and see the ocean. We weren't stuck in some poxy studio somewhere, and the clock's ticking away and you don't know whether it's raining or snowing or there's a riot going on outside. We were just in our own non-corporate world. We wanted to do a similar thing to what Zeppelin and bands like that did in the '70s, when they went into a house and just created their own environment, and that's exactly what we did. It was so relaxing that it gave us more energy to be as noisy as we were on 'Pearl of Euphoria' or 'Flesh,' and when we did acoustic guitars on 'Where Does Love Go When It Dies,' they were actually recorded outside at midnight with incense, candles, dogs barking, cars going past. It's all on tape."

"The one thing that anybody in a band hopes is that their audience grows with them."

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