March 17, 2004

When Hair Bands Ruled the World

Speaking of Poison...

After a two-hour drive home from work yesterday courtesy of mother nature, I decided I wasn't going to do anything remotely productive and picked up the guitar to practice. I'm incredibly impatient and want to know how to play songs by bands I know immediately, but I didn't think I had the music for anything. Well, lo and behold, I suddenly remembered I have the songbook for Hysteria. I bought it sometime circa 1988, not for the music of course, but for the pictures. I tried playing a few tunes, but it wasn't very satisfying. But seeing the words for all these songs I loved so dearly made me want to hear them, so I popped in my Hysteria tape. But then I thought, why just listen? And so I dug out my Historia VHS and watched 90 minutes of Def Leppard eye candy.

There is a point here somewhere. I promise.

So I'm watching all these other videos that clearly inspired The Darkness's current video, when I had this sudden realization: I will never love another band the way I loved Def Leppard. And that made me kinda sad. The Foo Fighters are technically my favorite band right now, but I couldn't tell you what all their names are, nor could I name five songs off their current album by title. But with Def Lep, I not only knew all their names and every song and video, I knew their birthdays, their girlfriends' names, what part of England they were from, what their parents did for a living, how old they each were when they joined the group...I knew (and, frighteningly, still do) every frame of every video by heart. The videos instantly transported me back the days when my best friend Jane and I would sit there watching Hysteria over, and over, and over again, she drooling over Joe Elliot and me over Rick Savage. And I miss that. I definitely don't miss being a teenager and fighting with my parents or hating high school, but I miss being that devoted to a band and feeling like I knew them.

So who is your Def Leppard?


Posted by at March 17, 2004 11:13 AM

I am embarrassed to say ...

New Kids on the Block...

Posted by: Chubby Momma at March 17, 2004 11:54 AM

I have two...

Jimmy Buffett
Bon Jovi

Posted by: Krush at March 17, 2004 11:59 AM

I have two as well:

Bon Jovi and Slaughter...

Although...Posion and Def Leppard where both way up on the list....


Those were the days.

Posted by: Amy at March 17, 2004 12:07 PM

bon jovi would be my second...and I met slaughter back in the day :) *sigh* blas elias has the best. hair. ever.

Posted by: laura at March 17, 2004 12:08 PM

omg, i think i'm going to cry.

Posted by: jdiddy at March 17, 2004 12:13 PM