80s Song of the Day: Photograph by Def Leppard

Photograph by Def Leppard was released on February 3, 1983. The U.K. release featured Bringin’ on the Heartbreak as the B side, while the U.S. release had Action! Not Words as the B side. Photograph was the lead single from the band’s third studio album Pyromania.

Photograph was Def Leppard’s first hit. It reached No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, where it stayed for six weeks. It reached No. 66 on the UK Singles Chart.

Here’s the standard picture sleeve for most 7″ releases of Photograph:


And here’s a limited edition 7″ release; 500 copies were released in the United Kingdom. A photograph of Marilyn Monroe appears on this version, while a Marilyn look-a-like appears on the version above.


According to songfacts.com, “The band would sometimes dedicate this song to Marilyn Monroe when they performed it live, and the video featured a Monroe look-a-like. This drew many listeners to the conclusion that the song is about the actress, but the Monroe association was constructed for the sake of a good story.”


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