Two Steps Behind

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"Two Steps Behind"
Single by Def Leppard
from the album Retro Active, Last Action Hero soundtrack.
B-side SMC, Tonight.
Released 10 August 1993 (US) September 1993 (UK)
Format CD
Recorded June 1993
Genre Rock, acoustic rock
Label Bludgeon Riffola
Writer(s) Joe Elliott
Producer(s) Pete Woodroofe, Joe Elliott, Phil Collen, Vivian Campbell, Rick Savage
Def Leppard singles chronology
"Tonight"
(1993)
"Two Steps Behind"
(1993)
"Action"
(1994)
Last Action Hero: Music from the Original Motion Picture track listing
"Real World"
(Track 4)
"Two Steps Behind"
(Track 5)
"Poison My Eyes"
(Track 6)

"Two Steps Behind" is a 1993 song by British hard rock band Def Leppard from their album Retro Active and Last Action Hero Soundtrack. It reached #5 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. In the 1993 Metal Edge Readers' Choice Awards, the song was voted "Song of the Year" and "Best Song From a Movie Soundtrack."[1]

Def Leppard have recorded two different versions of the song - an electric version and an acoustic version - the widely released one was the acoustic version which featured on the greatest hits Vault. The widely released acoustic version differs from the original B-Side, as it featured the addition of strings by Michael Kamen, for usage on the Last Action Hero soundtrack.

Eduardo Rivadavia, reviewing Retro Active for Allmusic.com, called Two Steps Behind along with Miss You In A Heartbeat "solid, but hardly groundbreaking ballads" and one of the album picks.

Def Leppard's acoustic version also features on the CMT Crossroads DVD with Taylor Swift as a bonus feature.

Along with the song "Let's Get Rocked" from their 1992 album Adrenalize, this is one of only two songs by the band released after the 1980s that is still regularly performed live on nearly all of the bands' tours.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Wayne Isham Company,[2] the approximate shoot date was 10 July 1993. The live footage was shot on Irvine Meadows CA USA. This video shows the band playing in car park, Joe Elliott singing on the street while all the people around goes backwards and a live footage. The video was aired on August 1993.

Track listing[edit]

CD: Bludgeon Riffola / LEPCD 12 (UK) / 862 793-2 (INT)[edit]

  1. "Two Steps Behind"
  2. "Tonight"
  3. "SMC"

CD: Bludgeon Riffola / Tin Can / LEPTN 12 (UK) / 862 813-2 (INT)[edit]

  1. "Two Steps Behind"
  2. "Tonight"
  3. "SMC"

Cassette Single: Columbia / 38T-77116 (US)[edit]

  1. "Two Steps Behind"
  2. "Tonight"

Charts[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1993-1994) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 5
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 12
End of year chart (1993) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[3] 100

Cover versions[edit]

Filipino-Chinese singer Rachelle Ann Go covered the song for her 2007 album Obsession.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Metal Edge, June 1994
  2. ^ Def Leppard UK.com
  3. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1993". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 

External links[edit]