Time for another entry in our New Wave of British Heavy Metal and Funk genres Essential Project! This week we dive into two classic albums from 80s rockers Def Leppard and funk master supreme Bootsy Collins and his backing group the Rubberband.

In the early 80s Def Leppard was young and looking for a sound to set them apart of from their NWOBHM contemporaries. Their second full length record, High ‘N’ Dry finds them taking the early steps from heavy metal to the pop metal sound that would propel them to stardom. Tracks like ‘Bringing on the Heartbreak’ hint at the polished, stadium-ready sound they would soon make popular. The solid songwriting and improved production on this record set them up perfectly for the future success of records like Pyromania and Hysteria.

Bootys Collins was already an influential part of the 70s funk scene before he set out on his own in 1976. He had played bass with both James Brown and George Clinton earlier in the decade, so it was safe to say he knew how to funk. His second full length record beautifully  captures the fun-loving, party atmosphere that he would come to be known for. Tracks like The Pinocchio Theory and Munchies for Your Love lay down tight grooves and provide plenty of comedic gold.

Turn up that nerd to get your recommended dose of essential NWOBHM and Funk!