Wasted (Def Leppard song)
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|Single by Def Leppard|
|from the album On Through the Night|
|Released||17 November 1979|
|Songwriter(s)||Joe Elliot, Steve Clark|
|Producer(s)||Nick Tauber with Def Leppard|
|Def Leppard singles chronology|
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. 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" and "Rock Brigade", 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.
UK Vinyl, 7", Single
- "Hello America"