Part Thirty-Five of the Def Leppard Review Series
Original Review: “C’Mon C’Mon” (2008 12″ picture single)
We haven’t reviewed many actual Def Leppard singles in this review series. Why? Because we reviewed the CD Collection box sets in detail instead, which do an excellent job of collecting all the albums and B-sides from specific eras. This picture disc for “C’Mon C’Mon” from Songs From the Sparkle Lounge is one single for which the B-side has yet to be issued in box set form.
The B-side in question is a live version of “Rocket” from an unknown place and time. What we do know is this: It’s not a pipsqueak edit version from a live album. This is a full-on 10 minute recording with all the extended bells and whistles.
Opening with the usual backwards vocals (“We’re fighting for the gods of war” in reverse), “Rocket” is a Rick Allen vehicle. It’s endurance. The drums are a main feature, but Screamin’ Joe Elliott doesn’t take a back seat to anyone. Still, by the 3:30 mark it’s the Rick Allen show. Soon he’s accompanied by Rick Savage on bass, before the guitar solos begin. Phil Collen goes first followed by Vivian Campbell, in a call & response series of licks. Together the two weave notes and squeals into a tapestry of cool, with Vivian going full metal into speed and tapping.
Around 7:50, Joe surprises the crowd by going into “Whole Lotta Love”. “You need coolin’, baby I ain’t foolin’,” with guitars that replicate what Jimmy Page might have done had he been on stage that night. Back into “Rocket” for the finale, the whole thing works from start to finish as if it wasn’t 10 minutes long but maybe half that. A valuable B-side for your collection, just spectacular stuff.
The A-side is hit or miss. “C’Mon C’Mon” was in the vein of that “Pour Some Sugar” sound, ultimately derived from Gary Glitter. It’s…well, to overuse a phrase, “it is what it is”. Def Leppard are always going to have this kind of song in their repertoire. It’s not bad, just nothing new. Performance-wise, Rick Allen is once again a champion. The guitars have a really sweet crunch. It’s a great sounding single, just an unnecessary direction to keep toiling away at.
Next: Leppard goes country with…yes, we’re at that point now…with Taylor Swift.
- The Early Years Disc One – On Through the Night
- The Early Years Disc Two – High N’ Dry
- The Early Years Disc Three – When The Walls Came Tumbling Down: Live at the New Theater Oxford – 1980
- The Early Years Disc Four – Too Many Jitterbugs – EP, singles & unreleased
- The Early Years Disc 5 – Raw – Early BBC Recordings
- The Early Years 79-81 (Summary)
- Pyromania Live – L.A. Forum, 11 September 1983
- Soundtrack From the Video Historia – Record Store Tales
- In The Round In Your Face DVD
- “Let’s Get Rocked” – The Wait for Adrenalize – Record Store Tales
- Live at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert
- Vault: Def Leppard’s Greatest Hits / Limited Edition Live CD
- Video Archive
- “Slang” CD single
- I Got A Bad Feeling About This: Euphoria – Record Store Tales
- Rarities 2
- Rarities 3
- Rarities 4
- Cybernauts – Live
- Cybernauts – The Further Adventures of the Cybernauts (bonus disc)
- Best Of (UK)
- Rock Of Ages: The Definitive Collection
- Yeah! Bonus CD With Backstage Interviews
- Yeah…Nah! – Record Store Tales
- Songs From the Sparkle Lounge
36. CMT Crossroads (DVD with Taylor Swift)
38. Yeah! II
39. Yeah! Live
40. Mirror Ball – Live & More (Japanese import)
41. iTunes re-recordings