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 Posted: Thu Oct 11th, 2018 04:26 pm
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Erick Von Erich


Joined: Thu Mar 26th, 2015
Location: Texas USA
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srossi wrote: When I first got MTV, they played "Let's Get Rocked" ad nauseum.  It was a successful album, and super hyped, but didn't have staying power of their two classics from the '80s. 
"Let's Get Rocked" and its album "Adrenalize" came out in March, 1992. That was weird timing, because it was right after the huge grunge explosion of late 1991, plus other "alternative" bands, like RHCP, were growing in mainstream popularity. If it had been released even a year earlier, "Adrenalize" would've been huge. Yet it still proved successful...maybe out of habit. Think it had 4 singles that kept it on the radar until early 1993.
Def Leppard still did well, and even had an AOR hit in the summer of 1993 with "Two Steps Behind" from the Last Action Hero soundtrack. Probably wasn't until the fall of 1993 that their mainstream popularity declined, thanks to the "Beavis & Butt-head effect", when it became "cool" to trash 80's metal bands. I don't remember B&B specifically slamming Def Leppard, but the overall "pop metal/ radio friendly/hair band" thing was ridiculed.
Sorry. Don't mean to go off on a tangent. I just like talking about 80's/90's rock and especially metal.

And hey... to open a whole new can of worms: I'd put Blue Oyster Cult in the R&R HOF over any of this year's nominees.