- Photograph (Def Leppard song)
Name = Photograph
from Album = Pyromania
Released = 1983
Format = 7"
Recorded = 1982
Park Gates Studios
Length = 4:12
Label = Mercury
Joe Elliott, Pete Willis, Steve Clark, Rick Savage, Robert John "Mutt" Lange
Robert John "Mutt" Lange
Chart position =
"Photograph" is one of the most famous songs and 1983 single by British
hard rockband Def Leppardfrom their multi-platinum album "Pyromania". It was written for the late Marilyn Monroe, as Joe Elliottoften stated before playing the song live in concerts. When released as a single later that year, it reached #1 on the Mainstream Rockcharts and #12 on Pop Singles. More recently, the song was used in promotional ads for the DVD release of "Blades of Glory". "Photograph" is known for sparking the mainstream's awareness of glam metal.
The 1993 live recording of the song back in
Sheffield, Englandappeared in the music video game as part of a Def Leppard downloadable track pack, as did the 1993 live recording of Rock of Ages.
Before the song starts a click created by guitarist
Steve Clarkaccidentally catching the A string of his guitar can be heard.
There are two versions of the Music Video. The uncensored version shows some knife scenes at the beginning. On the censored version of the video this knife scenes are replaced with some female hands, a black cat, and girls dancing.
The music video was directed by David Mallet [ [http://www.deflepparduk.com/defvideo2.html ((( Def Leppard UK.com ))) :: Def Video 2 Pyromania 1983/High 'n' Dry 1984: ] ] and was shot on Friday December 2, 1982 (Bassist
Rick Savage's 22nd birthday), in Battersea, London, England. It featured the video debut of guitarist Phil Collen.
7": Vertigo / Phonogram Ltd / VERP 5 / Photograph pop-up cover
# "Bringin´on the Heartbreak"
* As said in the Rock Of Ages commentary, Joe Elliott stated that there are two versions of the music video, although quite similar, but the UK version excluded the knives as shown in the original's beginning parts and replaced it with a
* The song is featured prominently in "
Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure".
Progressive Bluegrassband by the name of Malibu Storm recorded a cover version.
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