Hello America

Def Leppard

About Hello America

"Hello America" is a 1980 song by the British rock band Def Leppard from their debut album, On Through the Night. The lyrics and title of the songs are about the fantasies the band had about touring in America. The single's B-side, “Good Morning Freedom” has only been released on cd in 2018 on the rareties volume one cd which was part of the CD Collection Part One boxset. The song was featured on a BBC studio session recorded in 1979 and the show has since been bootlegged. A live version of the song is also included on Viva! Hysteria, released in October 2013, although Def Leppard have all but disowned On Through the Night and “Hello America” was one of the first songs to leave the setlist, having never been played live since the release of High 'n' Dry. An alternate recording of the song “Hello America” appeared as a b-side on the “Wasted” single, also an alternate recording. Both were recorded a few months earlier than the main album sessions. 


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1980
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Hello America, hello America
Hello America, hello America

Well I'm takin' me a trip I'm going down to California
Yeah, I'm gonna try Hollywood and San Pedro Bay
I'll tell ya what I'm gonna do 
I'm gonna give my love to you
I'm gonna take you where the lights are bright
I'm gonna give you my love tonight

Hello America, hello America
Hello America, hello America

I'm gonna get me a greyhound bus down the motorway
I'm gonna spend a little time in Frisco and L.A.
But when it gets to twelve o'clock
And you feel that you gotta rock
You'd better let your hair hang down
So we can boogie all over town

Hello America, hello America
Hello America, hello America

Takin' me a trip I'm going down to California
Yeah, I'm gonna try Hollywood and San Pedro Bay
I'll tell ya what I'm gonna do
I'm gonna give my love to you
So won't ya take me where the lights are bright
Won't you give me your love tonight

Hello America, hello America
Hello America, hello America
Hello America, hello America
Hello America, hello America

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Def Leppard

Def Leppard are an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. Since 1992, the band has consisted of Rick Savage (bass, backing vocals), Joe Elliott (lead vocals), Rick Allen (drums, backing vocals), Phil Collen (guitar, backing vocals), and Vivian Campbell (guitar, backing vocals). Therefore, this is the band's longest-standing lineup. more »

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Written by: RICK SAVAGE, RICHARD ALLEN, STEVE CLARK, PETER WILLIS, JOSEPH ELLIOTT

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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15 facts about this song

Track Information
"Hello America" is a song by English rock band Def Leppard from their debut album, "On Through the Night."
Composition Year
The song was written and recorded in 1979 but was officially released in 1980.
Album Contribution
"Hello America" is the third track on "On Through the Night."
Single Release
It was released as the band' s second single, following "Wasted."
Chart Positions
"Hello America" reached no. 45 on the UK singles chart and helped to propel the band’s popularity in the United States.
American Dream Theme
The lyrics reflect the band's desire and ambition to break into the American music market, a dream they later achieved.
Song Line-up
The line-up for this song featured original band members Joe Elliott (vocals), Pete Willis and Steve Clark (guitars), Rick Savage (bass), and Rick Allen (drums).
Cover Art
The cover art for the single features the band members with an American flag in the background, signifying their ambitions to conquer the American music scene.
Recording Studio
"Hello America" was recorded at Startling Studios, a residential recording studio owned by former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr.
Rotation Issues
Despite its initial success, the band later regretted releasing "Hello America" as a single and rarely performed the song live due to its repetitive nature.
Reception
Upon its release, "Hello America" elicited mixed reviews, some critics found it appealing while others considered it too simplistic and ambitious.
Producers
This song was produced by Tom Allom, who is known for producing several albums for the band Judas Priest.
Album’s Commercial Success
The album, "On Through the Night," which houses the "Hello America" track, reached number 15 in the UK and has been certified platinum in the USA.
Video Appearance
"Hello America" made an appearance in the video game series "Guitar Hero", specifically in "Guitar Hero: Van Halen."
Song Genre
"Hello America", like most of Def Leppard's music, falls under the category of new wave British heavy metal.

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