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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"Switch 625" (1981)

I think it's the most interesting song on High 'n' Dry — and I'm not even on it! It has this very strange, angular melody that came straight out of [former guitarist] Steve Clark's brain. To cover that with my voice didn't make any sense to me. So I fought tooth and nail with Mutt to not add lyrics to it. I said, "It doesn't need singing!" It kind of led in from "Heartbreak," and I said, "This has got to be treated the same way as the extended version of 'Layla,' with the piano and the slide guitar. Or the end of 'Free Bird.'" To me, this and "Heartbreak" were just one long song that we gave two titles. And when I say Mutt and I fought, I mean we probably argued for 10 or 15 minutes about it. But I won, if you like!

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