USA Today announced that veteran British heavy metal band, Def Leppard will release the band’s catalog on Spotify. The release is set for today, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. The announcement came as part of an interview with Def Leppard’s frontman, Joe Elliot. Having the Def Leppard catalog available on Spotify reveals not only the band’s music but interesting cover songs, too.
Def Leppard and Spotify
Before the announcement and subsequent release of Def Leppard’s catalog on Spotify, there were just a few live songs available. Now that the British group’s body of work is on Spotify, related works populate the list when users search for the band.
In some ways, Spotify seems to work in a way that reminds some users of word association. In some cases, that wordplay creates a list of results that is almost too long to deal with, and with all those songs, a few interesting cover songs are likely to appear on the list.
In the case of Def Leppard, the new results reveal a tribute to the band done by other metal and hard rock bands. The salute to the British group seems to have happened almost completely under the radar. One of the best examples is Baltimore heavy metal band Kix’s version of “Foolin’.”
For fans who want the no-frills approach to Def Leppard’s songs, meaning they want to hear the album or radio versions of tracks they are used to, there are a good number of songs from the Def Leppard vault, 1980 to 1995.
The inclusion of Def Leppard into the ever-expanding library of Spotify is exciting for fans of heavy metal and hard rock. Because premium members can create their own playlists, and because so many other bands from the 1980s are already on Spotify, having Def Leppard on the streaming service will allow those fans to complete their collections.
Why did it take so long to get Def Leppard on Spotify?
The answer, as revealed in the interview with Elliot, is that it was time. Actually, it is more complicated than that. The band’s reasons for avoiding the streaming service are based on common sense. First, the band’s debut album and most of its greatest hits pre-date not only the Internet but streaming services. Second, Elliot explains that as streaming was a new platform, the band wanted to see how it worked before getting involved. That makes sense, too.
All of the reasons for Def Leppard to avoid Spotify or any streaming service are legitimate. But the sheer amount of material now available is impressive.