On through the night

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On through the night
Studio album by Def Leppard


March 14, 1980


December 1979

Label (s) Mercury Records

Format (s)


Genre (s)

Hard rock , heavy metal

Title (number)


running time


  • Singing: Joe Elliott
  • Guitar: Pete Willis
  • Bass: Rick Savage


Tom Allom

Studio (s)

- On through the night High N 'Dry

On Through the Night is the debut album by British hard rock band Def Leppard . The album was awarded a platinum record in the USA .


With a self-produced EP and the support of the British music magazine Sounds , the band managed to get a record deal with Vertigo Records . Already in autumn 1979, and thus before the start of the recordings for the album, the group got the opportunity to go on tour in the support act of Sammy Hagar . Shortly thereafter, she released the single Wasted and got the chance to support AC / DC on the Highway to Hell tour, where she also met her future manager, Peter Mensch.

Under the guidance of producer Tom Allom , who also worked for Judas Priest , the group recorded their debut album in December 1979 at Startling Studios in Ascot ( Berkshire ). It was released on March 14, 1980, Hello America was released as the second single.

The "title track" On Through The Night was not on this album, but was submitted on High N 'Dry .

Track list

  1. Rock Brigade (Rick Savage, Joe Elliott) - 3:09
  2. Hello America (Savage, Steve Clark, Elliott) - 3:27
  3. Sorrow Is a Woman (Savage, Clark, Pete Willis, Elliott) - 3:54
  4. It Could Be You (Willis, Elliott) - 2:33
  5. Satellite (Willis, Elliott) - 4:28
  6. When the Walls Came Tumbling Down (Clark, Elliott, Andrew Smith) - 4:44
  7. Wasted (Clark, Elliott) - 3:45
  8. Rocks Off (Willis, Savage, Clark, Elliott) - 3:42
  9. It Don't Matter (Willis, Elliott, Clark) - 3:21
  10. Answer to the Master (Willis, Elliott, Clark) - 3:13
  11. Overture (Savage, Clark, Willis, Elliott) - 7:44


Chart positions
Explanation of the data
On through the night
  UK 15th 03/22/1980 (8 weeks)
  US 51 07/05/1980 (51 weeks)
  UK 61 11/17/1979 (3 weeks)
Hello America
  UK 45 02/23/1980 (4 weeks)

The reviewer Steven Huey of Allmusic wrote that the album had the band as "one of the leading groups of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal " established. Although the group had the "tight, controlled attack on other bands like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden" , they were not interested in the "fantastic, threatening and sometimes creepy subjects" of these groups. Instead, the album offers a "collection of hard rock anthems for the working class" , which come up with the "big glittering hooks of glam rock" . The album may lack the “detailed production and pop-oriented songwriting” of later releases, but it is “undoubtedly the band's toughest album” .

On November 18, 1983, On Through the Night was awarded a gold record by the Recording Industry Association of America ( RIAA ); six years later, on May 9, 1989, it was awarded platinum.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Booklet for On Through the Night
  2. Charts UK Charts US
  3. [1] RIAA award database