Last night I went to see my first film in the movie theater* in about six months (note: the last film I saw was For Your Consideration and I disliked it so much it's taken me this long to be willing to invest $9.50 and two hours yet again in a darkened public space). But I digress.
My point here is, we had about half an hour to roam Ballard pre-film, and while perusing the used CD bin** at Sonic Boom Records, I couldn't resisit picking up this gem….
Some interesting trivia about Def Leppard's Pyromania…
- It was recorded before singer Joe Elliot got vocal nodules, before drummer Rick Allen lost an arm, and before guitarist Steve Clark died. The band has certain known tragedy.
- It was also recorded by Mutt Lange, before he discovered, married, and produced a pile of crappy records for Shaina Twain.
- It was the first ever album where the cassette sales outsold the vinyl. 1983. I fairly certain this is true and not a figment of my bad-music-trivia-addled brain, but can't seem to find an online link to prove it. If you've got proof, share it, pretty please.
It was also a childhood favorite of mine. And while it certainly sounds dated now (I made it halfway through track #6, "Foolin'" — also known as track one, side 2 — before turning it off during my sunny morning commute today), some of those tracks surely stand the test of time; most notably, I would still call "Photograph" a nearly perfect pop song.
Your mileage may vary.
* In case you were wondering, the film in question was Ratatouille, which was great (of course, Pixar is incredible). Though I must confess, I'm rat-averse — so when they scurried about onscreen (and especially in the kitchen scenes), my tummy still churned!!
** Speaking of the Sonic Boom Records used CD bin, who is the fool who sold back Liz Phair's Exile in Guyville and Miles Davis' A Kind of Blue? And the TWO copies of the Breeders Last Splash?? Abominations!!