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Def Leppard, "Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad"

After I wrote about Def Leppard's "Stand Up (Kick Love Into Motion)," one Inmate wrote back to me: Aw, what about "Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad?"

I am glad he mentioned it. Let's go back to that magical summer of 1992. Softball was an interesting social phenomenon. You see, when you were on defense, in the field, you and your teammates, especially the outfielders, may have been isolated from each other. And when your pitcher couldn't throw strikes, or when the other team kept getting hit after hit after hit, you had lots of time to think, stare, and ponder.

And then, when your team finally got off the field, and went up to bat, everyone rallied and got together in the dugout or benches. That was when you got to talk to each other.

Someone always brought a boombox. The kick-ass music pumped you up. But those long waits on defense in softball had a way of draining your team's energy. If you were the girl in right field, not getting many balls hit your way, you had plenty of time to check out the guys. And when you finally got back to the dugout, a power ballad, such as Def Leppard's "Stand Up (Kick Love Into Motion)" got your friends to look at each other, and raise the specter of dating.

So if that song raised the intriguing possibility of "What if?," then "Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad" encouraged, compelled, and forced each of you to do something about it. It gave you the confidence to ask that boy or girl out, and know what and where you were going to do and go. This was how some of you became more than just friends. 25 years later, some of you couples are still together.

That's the power of music, and that's why we should thank that Inmate for asking about "Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad."

-Lummy The Loch Monster

Edits: 07/08/17

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