Def Leppard’s “Man Enough” single was officially released three years ago today.
Original release date: April 4, 2016.
The song was the third single off of the self-titled Def Leppard album.
“Man Enough” is also included in the 2-CD deluxe version of The Story So Far: The Best of, one of Def Leppard’s greatest hits releases.
“Man Enough” Music Video
You can view Def Leppard’s “Man Enough” music video here (along with every other official music video from the band).
Joe Elliott had this to say about the futuristic video to Live Nation TV:
“We probably spent on ‘Man Enough’ what we used to spend on the food budget for some of our other videos.”
Def Leppard: Man Enough To Be My…Queen?
Originally titled, “Are You Man Enough To Be My Girl,” here’s how Phil Collen described the origins of “Man Enough” to TeamRock:
“I had this bass riff floating around my head, and I wanted it to have a similar vibe to ‘Billie Jean’ by Michael Jackson – almost a disco vibe.”
It’s nearly impossible to also not be reminded of Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” when listening to the song.
“People have said it reminds them of ‘Another One Bites The Dust’ by Queen. It has this dancey appeal. Our song ‘All Night’ was a bit like that, and ‘Excitable’ on Hysteria. But I think this is the first time we’ve really made it work. It just fell into place, and I think that’s because we didn’t restrict ourselves.”
By no means is “Man Enough” a copycat of the Queen classic; it’s more of a homage to a band that’s had a huge influence on Def Leppard.
Joe Elliott commented to TheGuardian.com about the subject:
“It’s OK to sound like somebody else because your own identity will come through. Everybody sounds like someone else sometimes. Why did I pick up a guitar in the first place? Because I heard someone else playing it. And what was I gonna play? What they were playing, until I learn to write.”
“Man Enough” For Critics Too
Def Leppard’s “Man Enough” struck the right chord (no pun intended!) with most critics.
Here’s a sampling:
“‘Man Enough’ flirts precariously with a funk lite stylistic departure that could have just as easily blown up in the band’s face (its bass line bears a mild resemblance to the David Essex song ‘Rock On’, a tune the band has been covering in their live set the last few years) but the band succeed by avoiding the temptation to oversell it or lay it on too thick.”
“Def Leppard have never been shy about sharing their love for Queen, name-checking ‘Killer Queen’ in the lyrics for ‘Rocket’ and performing ‘Tie Your Mother Down’ and other classics at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert. Here they dive deep into ‘Another One Bites the Dust’ territory (by way of Chic), with an infectious song built primarily upon Rick Savage’s massive, dance-floor friendly bass line.”
Def Leppard “Man Enough” Song Ranking
DefLeppardReport.com ranks “Man Enough” the #11 track off the self-titled Def Leppard album.
Complete song ranking and review of all 115 songs from the band’s original studio albums can be found here.
Is Def Leppard’s groove-filled song “man enough” for most fans? No doubt about it.