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Def Leppard - Hello America (1980)

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"Hello America" is a 1980 song by the British rock band Def Leppard from their debut album, On Through the Night. The lyrics ...

"Hello America" is a 1980 song by the British rock band Def Leppard from their debut album, On Through the Night. The lyrics and title of the songs are about the fantasies the band had about touring in America.

The single’s B-side, “Good Morning Freedom” has only been released on cd in 2018 on the rareties volume one cd which was part of the CD Collection Part One boxset. The song was featured on a BBC studio session recorded in 1979 and the show has since been bootlegged. A live version of the song is also included on Viva! Hysteria, released in October 2013, although Def Leppard have all but disowned On Through the Night and “Hello America” was one of the first songs to leave the setlist, having never been played live since the release of High 'n' Dry.

An alternate recording of the song “Hello America” appeared as a b-side on the “Wasted” single, also an alternate recording. Both were recorded a few months earlier than the main album sessions.

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When the song was within the Top 50 in the UK Singles Chart, Mercury Records had the band record a performance for BBC’s Top of the Pops, provided that the song advanced the following week. However, the song slipped off the charts, and the video never aired. It is, however, included in the band's video Historia. What makes this video unique is that Rick Allen’s drum kit is placed in the front of the stage, while the rest of the band performs behind him. Joe Elliott is wearing a patriotic outfit because of the red and white striped shirt and his blue jeans.