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41 Years Ago DEF LEPPARD Record The DEF LEPPARD E.P. At Fairview Studios

Def Leppard 1979. Def Leppard 1979

Def Leppard started recording The Def Leppard EP in Willerby, Hull, England 41 years ago on this day in 1978.

The band travelled to Fairview Studios in Hull, England to spend two days recording their very first vinyl release.

Day one of their first professional recording session took place on 25th November 1978 with guest drummer Frank Noon and were completed the next day.

The idea for the EP was inspired by The Next Band featuring Frank Noon, Rocky Newton and John Lockton who recorded their own at the same studio in September 1978. Rocky later supported Lep in 1981 as part of Lionheart and sang backing vocals on the 'Pyromania' album.

Frank was borrowed from The Next Band specifically for this session after original drummer Tony Kenning had been fired on 18th November.

The EP cost £148.50 to record which was borrowed from Joe Elliott Snr. A further £450 was borrowed by Joe from a work colleague to fund the first vinyl pressing and the picture sleeves (stuck together by Joe and his Mum) cost £65.

The EP comprised three tracks - 'Ride Into The Sun', 'Getcha Rocks Off' and 'The Overture'.

The backing track for the most popular song from the EP, 'Getcha Rocks Off', was recorded live in only one take along with 'The Overture'.

It was first released in January 1979 on their own jokingly titled "Bludgeon Riffola Records" with a red label. An initial pressing of 1,000 copies (500 of which had a lyric sheet).

Reissued with a Yellow label in May 1979 by MSB Management.

A limited edition white label version was also put out in 1989 by the then official fan club.

The EP was issued by Phonogram Records as their first ever 7" maxi-single in September 1979 with 'Getcha Rocks Off' as the lead track.

The first release on the label after signing a recording contract with them in early August 1979.

Read the story of the EP recording sessions along with more recent quotes by Joe from his radio show and interviews.

Def Leppard 1978.

Read the full 'The Def Leppard E.P.' story on the Lep History section.

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