Wasted (Def Leppard song)

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Def leppard wasted single.jpg
Single by Def Leppard
from the album On Through the Night
Released17 November 1979[1]
FormatVinyl single
RecordedSeptember 1979
GenreHeavy metal
Songwriter(s)Joe Elliot, Steve Clark
Producer(s)Nick Tauber with Def Leppard
Def Leppard singles chronology
"Rocks Off"
"Hello America"

Wasted” is a song by British rock band Def Leppard. It is the first single, and seventh track, from their debut album On Through the Night.

The recording featured on the single is a different version from the On Through the Night LP. The B-Side on the single is “Hello America”, which is also a different recording from the LP. These alternative, single-only versions of “Wasted” and “Hello America” had never been released on CD, until 2018 when they were included as part of the "Def Leppard Collection: Volume One" box set, as the first two tracks of the "Rarities - Volume One" disc.[2] The record was produced by Nick Tauber, who the band selected because of his previous clients, particularly Thin Lizzy. Two other songs, "Rock Brigade" (also a re-recording) and "Glad I‘m Alive,” were recorded during the session but were shelved when the band’s management were displeased with the production, thus resulting in "Wasted" and "Hello America" being released as singles. Tauber’s versions of “Rock Brigade” and “Glad I’m Alive” remain unreleased.

Unused promotional videos for "Wasted"[1] and "Rock Brigade"[2], filmed in London in the fall of 1979, surfaced on YouTube in 2009 when they were uploaded by the director of the clips. This was the first time the Tauber version of "Rock Brigade" appeared anywhere, which leaves "Glad I'm Alive" as the only song from those sessions to remain hidden.

Although Def Leppard has all but disowned On Through the Night, “Wasted” has nonetheless been played live occasionally on some recent tours (since 1999) to the present – being the only song from that album apart from six performances of “Rock Brigade” in 2005 and 2013 to be performed since the completion of the Pyromania tour.[3]

Track listing[edit]

UK Vinyl, 7", Single

  1. "Wasted"
  2. "Hello America"


  1. ^ "D E F L E P P A R D . C O M". Web.archive.org. 21 December 2001. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Def Leppard Collection: Volume One box set". defleppard.com. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Wasted by Def Leppard Song Statistics". Setlist.fm. Retrieved 12 August 2018.

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