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Old 07-22-2010, 08:34 PM   #1
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(MSN article) Def Leppard's Elliot: We deserve the same respect as Bono

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Def Leppard's Elliot: We deserve the same respect as Bono - MSN Music News

Def Leppard's Elliot: We deserve the same respect as Bono
July 21, 2010, 2:43 PM EST
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Def Leppard star Joe Elliott has accused the music press of failing to give rock bands due credit -- insisting his group deserves the same respect as stars such as Bono, Paul McCartney and Morrissey.

The singer claims music journalists fawn over big name stars such as the U2 frontman and the former Beatles bassist, but often ridicule his band even though they have enjoyed comparable success.

And Elliott can't understand why Def Leppard aren't considered "cool."

He tells Britain's Metro, "We don't get the credit we deserve in Britain... It's nice to walk down Oxford Street without being recognized but then again when music magazines write about us they [ridicule us] because we're not as cool as Johnny Marr, who isn't as successful as us by a million miles. (British TV host) Jools Holland won't have us on his show because we're not cool enough.

"Rock's ploughed its own furrow for 30 years but still music magazines don't give rock its due... How many more front covers do Paul McCartney and Morrissey need? Our album will sell more than Morrissey's so why don't we get the same kind of respect?

"There are more people than Bono and Michael Stipe to put on the cover of a magazine... There are more musicians out there... Bands who have sold [lots] of records, whether it be us or Depeche Mode, are becoming footnotes."

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I will repeat here:

Who puts Michael Stipe on a magazine cover these days?
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And Elliott can't understand why Def Leppard aren't considered "cool."
I was going to point and laugh at him, but that quote just made me kind of sad for him.

It's okay, Mr. Leppard. I do honestly like some of your songs. They're fun.
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"There are more people than Bono and Michael Stipe to put on the cover of a magazine... There are more musicians out there... Bands who have sold [lots] of records, whether it be us or Depeche Mode, are becoming footnotes."
All joking aside, he needs to realize that the music media has subjective tastes just like everyone else. That respect or what is cool is determined by a couple hundred people. Unfortunately for him Def Leppard did not connect with enough of those people. A lot of great artists become footnotes but that is the reality with something as subjective as music.
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Plus magazine covers sell what is within. Popularity rules.
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I will repeat here:

Who puts Michael Stipe on a magazine cover these days?
R.E.M., with Michael's face front and center, were on a bunch of rock magazine covers when Accelerate came out just a couple years ago. And they'll be on the usual suspect magazine covers when the new album comes out next year.

And re: Def Leppard. That is just sad. They've tried desperately to regain a bit of relevance, and have flat-out failed. It just ain't gonna happen, brother. Sorry. Your most famous song is most widely known as "Hey! That's the song I heard at the titty bar last night!"
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Their first few albums were cool in that heavy metal sort of way.. But then they did that Pour Some Sugar on me song and it was downhill from there.
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Stipe would have been a valid comparison to put up against Bono in the 90s. Not so much anymore, so it's a weird musician to bring up as a bastion of media popularity.

I don't recall a lot of covers for REM/Stipe, even when Accelerate was better received than their last few records.
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I don't get the REM= U2 or Stipe= Bono stuff. It's not even close. REM has a few decent songs but c'mon.

Not even in the 90's.
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And re: Def Leppard. That is just sad. They've tried desperately to regain a bit of relevance, and have flat-out failed. It just ain't gonna happen, brother. Sorry. Your most famous song is most widely known as "Hey! That's the song I heard at the titty bar last night!"
LOL, right on!
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I don't get the REM= U2 or Stipe= Bono stuff. It's not even close. REM has a few decent songs but c'mon.

Not even in the 90's.
Not going into the REM vs U2 battle, but for Mr. Leppard's point, they had a lot more exposure (i.e., magazine covers), like U2. In the 90s, yeah. Now, when he's whining about it? Not so much.

Has nothing to do with the music in this case.
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Not going into the REM vs U2 battle, but for Mr. Leppard's point, they had a lot more exposure (i.e., magazine covers), like U2. In the 90s, yeah. Now, when he's whining about it? Not so much.

Has nothing to do with the music in this case.
That was the weird thing. In the '90's REM was everywhere, now not so much. If you were to compare a current band, I'd say Muse or Coldplay right now.

Still love REM.
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Poor Def Leppard

I don't understand how a band that sang about meaningless sex, getting rocked, and other 80's cliches aren't relevant now in their 50's...

How can this be?

Here's reality:

Party bands are great fun for awhile, but it fades...

You made a choice.
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I don't get the REM= U2 or Stipe= Bono stuff. It's not even close. REM has a few decent songs but c'mon.

Not even in the 90's.
Were you around then?

REM and U2 I would say were almost neck and neck up until Berry left the band. Although REM kept a little bit more of a "college/alternative" whatever you want to call it label they really did follow pretty similar paths up until then. U2 were almost always slightly ahead, but to say not even close is false.
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And Elliott can't understand why Def Leppard aren't considered "cool."
It's so funny, the fact that he doesn't understand why is exactly what makes it so.
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