Def Leppard Talks About Their 1996 Album Slang Posted by Joseph Lee on 02.10.2014
They think it's underrated...
In an interview with Billboard, Def Leppard's guitarist Phil Collen spoke about the band's 1996 album Slang. Here are highlights:
On the "more raw" album Slang: "It was an essential album for Def Leppard. It was a drastic move, left-field for us. It was experimental. It went against the grain from what we normally were doing at the time. We felt like with 'Adrenalize' it started turning a little bit similar, so it was important to do something different at that point."
On their reputation at the time: "Y'know, I think we could've put out 'Sgt. Pepper's' or "Dark Side of the Moon' and I think it would have been the same because it was Def Leppard and we had gotten lumped in with all the crap metal bands of the 80s that were kind of pale versions of us. Nirvana had come along and everything had changed. What was very interesting was people said they didn't like it so much because it didn't sound like us, but we set up in a villa in southern Spain and pretty much recorded live, so it was actually closer to the mark than the other albums where we didn't play live and did the usual studio thing of putting one thing on at a time and building it from there."
On the reaction to the album: "Anyone who isn't a Def Leppard fan, you play it to them and they love it. They go, 'Wow, this is really cool. Who is it?' 'It's us,' and they go, 'Whoaaaa. This is really cool.' But, yeah, no one really heard it. There's the faithful few who absolutely love it and think it's the best Def Leppard album of all time, but it's a minority."