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on this day - 20th August 1996

On this day in Def Leppard history the 'All I Want Is Everything' single was released in North America.
The first single to be taken from the album of the same name.

Def Leppard 1996.

"Demoed as almost a country song."


Def Leppard 1996.

This section looks at the 'All I Want Is Everything' North American single release. The third single to be taken from the 'Slang' album in 1996.


"It's actually about a man dying of AIDS."

Def Leppard released their classic All I Want Is Everything single 24 years ago on this day in 1996 in the USA and Canada.

The third single to be released from the Slang album.

The song did not chart in the USA but did go on to reach Number 38 in the UK charts.

A song written by Joe Elliott with the backing track recorded live in the studio during the album sessions in Spain.

The promo video was the first to feature Sav's new shorter haircut and was filmed whilst on tour in the USA.

The single was released over two CDs the UK.


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They featured two Joe Elliott penned songs taken from the soundtrack to the movie 'When Saturday Comes'.

The title track and an instrumental, called 'Jimmy's Theme', named after one of the characters. Both songs feature Joe, Sav and Phil only.

Phil and Vivian's contributions to the Jeff Beck tribute album 'Jeffology: A Guitar Chronicle' were included on CD2.

The radio edit version of the single was also part of the tracklisting.

Read more about the song below.

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Joe Elliott - 2014 Interview Quotes

"Demoed as almost a country song. All I Want Is Everything went through a lot of changes in the studio. As did most of the songs on the album. By the time it was finished it had almost a U2 like quality to it. Especially Vivian's guitar which is very Edge like."

"Lyrically it was summing up a lot of what the band was going through for the first time. Births, deaths, divorces. They were weird times that demanded a very sober lyric."

All I Want Is Everything - Song Description By Phil Collen 1996

"Joe's original demo almost sounded country and western. The first band version sounded like a mellow GNR, anyway we changed all of that."

"The weird thing about the album version was that while recording, we were still learning the song so it was very live and unrehearsed."

"After listening back to it the next day, we realized it had a certain magic and groove that we couldn't have improved on if we'd have spent five years on it."

"So we left it and added minimal overdubs. This approach was not used on every song of the album. In fact every song was its own little project. You know "horses for courses and all of that."




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Rick Savage - 1996 Interview Quote

"It's actually about a man dying of AIDS. I can understand the interpretation of broken relationships. The connotation is much wider than that. He knows he's going to die and wanting to change everything that got him into that situation."


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All I Want Is Everything 1996.

Inner Sleeve Band Message - CD1

"In your hands is Part I of the latest single from the "Slang" collection, along with a few songs previously unreleased on any single. "When Saturday Comes" & "Jimmy's Theme" come from the motion picture "When Saturday Comes", a film based on two topics near and dear to us: Sheffield and football. When the producers of the picture came to Joe with the notion of penning a few tunes for the movie score, he immediately came up with both songs, and Phil & Sav joined him at his home studio to lay 'em down on tape."

"They appear on the soundtrack to the movie, but this is the first time they've been available on any singles. The last song is an edit of the original version of "All I Want Is Everything". We thought you might want to have a copy for yourselves, since it's probably the one you've been hearing on the radio."


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Inner Sleeve Band Message - CD2

"In your hands is Part II of the "All I Want Is Everything" single collection, complete with a few songs previously unreleased on any single.

"Cause We Ended As Lovers" and "Led Boots" were originally recorded by Phil and Viv, respectively, for the album, "Jeffology: A Guitar Chronicle", a guitarists' tribute to Jeff Beck."

"The guys were pretty happy with how they turned out, and thought they'd make for some unique bonus songs for a single. The rest of us agreed, and now they're in your hands for you own enjoyment. (Rest same as CD1)".


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