High 'n' Dry

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High 'n' Dry
Def Leppard - High 'n' Dry.jpg
Cover art by Hipgnosis
Studio album by Def Leppard
Released 11 July 1981
Recorded March – June 1981[1]
Studio Battery Studios, London
Genre Heavy metal
Length 42:15
Label Vertigo (UK and Europe)
Mercury (USA)
Producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange
Def Leppard chronology
On Through the Night
High 'n' Dry
Singles from High 'n' Dry
  1. "Let It Go" / "Switch 625"
    Released: July 1981
  2. "Bringin' On the Heartbreak" / "Me & My Wine"
    Released: 13 November 1981
  3. "Bringin' On the Heartbreak (remix)" / "Me & My Wine (remix)"
    Released: May 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
Martin Popoff 9/10 stars[3]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars[4]

High 'n' Dry is the second studio album by the English rock band Def Leppard, released on 11 July 1981. It is considered an important milestone for the definition of the glam metal subgenre.[5] High 'n' Dry was Pete Willis' last full-time album with Def Leppard. It charted at No. 38 on the Billboard 200[6] and No. 26 on the UK Albums Chart.[7] "High 'n' Dry (Saturday Night)", ranked No. 33 on VH1's 40 Greatest Metal Songs.[8] Following the success of Pyromania, the album re-entered in the US chart and reached No. 72 in 1983.[6]

High 'n' Dry was reissued on 31 May 1984 with two bonus tracks:

  • "Bringin' On the Heartbreak" (Remix), essentially the same recording with a few synthesiser overdubs. The remix was released in 1984 as a single, peaking at No. 61 in the US charts.[9]
  • "Me & My Wine" (Remix), a remixed version of a 1981 B-side.

Videos for both were made, featuring Phil Collen (who was not in the band at the time of the album's recording). Both bonus tracks were omitted from the mid-1990s re-releases of the album.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Let It Go"   Pete Willis, Steve Clark, Joe Elliott 4:43
2. "Another Hit and Run"   Rick Savage, Elliott 4:59
3. "High 'n' Dry (Saturday Night)"   Clark, Savage, Elliott 3:27
4. "Bringin' On the Heartbreak"   Clark, Willis, Elliott 4:34
5. "Switch 625" (Instrumental) Clark 3:03
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "You Got Me Runnin'"   Willis, Clark, Elliott 4:23
7. "Lady Strange"   Willis, Clark, Rick Allen, Elliott 4:39
8. "On Through the Night"   Clark, Savage, Elliott 5:06
9. "Mirror, Mirror (Look into My Eyes)"   Clark, Elliott 4:08
10. "No No No"   Savage, Willis, Elliott 3:13
  • On vinyl and cassette releases, "Me & My Wine" (Remix) is added to the end of side one, while "Bringin' On the Heartbreak" (Remix) leads off side two. On CD releases, "Bringin' On the Heartbreak" (Remix) and "Me & My Wine" (Remix) follow "No No No".
  • The last lyric, 'no', in "No No No" repeats infinitely on the original vinyl album release. The original cassette features "no" being screamed 46 times and then ending abruptly when the cassette finished. On later releases the no's slowly fade out to silence.


Def Leppard[edit]




Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1992 2x Platinum (+ 2,000,000)[11]
Canada CRIA 1988 Platinum (+ 100,000)[12]


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  2. ^ Huey, Steve. High 'n' Dry at AllMusic. Retrieved 19 June 2011.
  3. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5. 
  4. ^ Davey Boy (3 January 2009). "Def Leppard – High 'n' Dry (staff review)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 19 June 2011. 
  5. ^ Martin Popoff (15 August 2014). The Big Book of Hair Metal: The Illustrated Oral History of Heavy Metal's Debauched Decade. Voyageur Press. p. 38. ISBN 978-0-7603-4546-7. 
  6. ^ a b c "Hig 'N' Dry Billboard Albums". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Def Leppard Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  8. ^ High 'n' Dry DefLeppard.com. Retrieved 17 November 2011
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  10. ^ "Def Leppard – High 'n' Dry (Album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  11. ^ "RIAA Searchable Database: search for "Def Leppard"". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 14 August 2015. 
  12. ^ "Gold Platinum Search for Def Leppard". Music Canada. Retrieved 10 July 2015.