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21 Years Ago Def Leppard's SLANG Album Enters UK Chart At #5

Thursday, 25th May 2017

Slang 1996.

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

The album had been released on 13th May 1996 following on from the title track which had been issued as the lead single on 22nd April.

Read about the making of the Slang Album which was released 21 years ago.

The single got to Number 17 on the singles chart on 11th May.

The album entered the chart at Number 5.

The 'Slang' single was at Number 47 on the same day.

This was the band's fifth Top 5 (or 6) album in a row (Retro-Active was #6 in 1993).

It spent 11 weeks in total on the Top 100 chart. Three weeks inside the Top 40.

'Slang' was the second highest new entry on the chart with George Michael's 'Older' album entering at Number 1.

UK Album Chart Top Five - 25th May 1996

  • 01 - George Michael - Older (New Entry)
  • 02 - Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill
  • 03 - Ash - 1977
  • 04 - Oasis - (What's The Story) Morning Glory?
  • 05 - Def Leppard - Slang (New Entry)

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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