Def Leppard's Joe Elliott: My Life in 15 Songs

U.K. hitmakers' singer on "Pour Some Sugar on Me," "Photograph" and other glammy gems

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"Move With Me Slowly" (1996)

The Slang album didn't sell at all. We knew that would happen before we even recorded it. But there are a few songs on it I really love. This one is probably my favorite, and, to be truthful, it's not actually on Slang — it was added onto the re-release. It's one of [guitarist] Phil [Collen]'s songs, and it's very Stones-y. There's some lovely guitar work on it, and I think it had a lot to do with the way the current album turned out. Unfortunately not that many people have heard it though.

It's funny — at the time Slang was deemed "not good enough." But we couldn't have made another like [1992's] Adrenalize. It would have killed us. We had already done the big trilogy of albums with massive productions, and we had to go back and start again from zero. And I think this is the most honest record we've ever made. By the time we got to the studio to do it, we collectively started getting married, we started getting divorced, parents started passing away, kids were being born. ... All of a sudden, we woke up into reality. And we decided to write about it. People weren't ready for that. But to churn out a batch of insignificant rock songs in 1996 would have been an even bigger mistake.

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