It’s from “On Through The Night”, Def Leppard’s first album and written by bassist Rick Savage, guitarists Steve Clark and Pete Willis and singer Joe Elliot.
Judas Priest producer Tom Alton is also behind the controls.
And yes folks, there are two albums before “Pyromania”.
Who would have thought, hey?
In art classes, Joe Elliot used to draw album covers from imaginary bands which didn’t exist. One of those covers had the band name Def Leppard.
Ooh yeah, ooh yeah set your sights on the satellite
A statement of intent.
Don’t worry about setting your goals as high as the sky, let’s go further and go for the satellites in outer space.
And space travel (in the early 80s) was still so unknown back then.
We were in awe of the tech.
It’s got the power, it’s got the strength to steal away your soul
Satellite is an artificial object placed into space to provide a service.
The satellite in this song i always saw as being an metaphor for desire/love but coming from England and being seen as one of the leaders of NWOBHM, the “love” word just didn’t fit with the cultural change.
It’s burning up the sky
Those clean tone arpeggios with melodic vocal lines which made “Photograph” and “Rock Of Ages” huge appeared from the outset, on the debut.
3 thoughts on “Satellite”
Good choice. My favourite track off the debut.
That debut has a lot of good stuff on it. When I received the Vinyl box set for Xmas 2018
the debut was a gatefold with the lyrics. Nice package