First Hit #1: October 8, 1988
Did everyone collectively go through a bad breakup in 1988? Because we’ve got a narrative building here, driven through ballads, and Def Leppard comes on with the “I can never love again!” part of the story, with Love Bites.
I find myself sympathizing with the subject of the song, because I’m not sure she’s done anything wrong, and she is just getting crapped on for the entire running time. He doesn’t want to touch her too much, he thinks she’s just going to leave him anyway, it’s actually an incredibly dark song. And in the darkness, it’s actually kind of emotionally abusive, for no real reason. He’s projecting the betrayal of another woman onto this poor song subject, and it’s really quite unfair, and makes the singer come across as a bit of a dick. Then again, if you’re coming off a bad breakup, do you really feel as though you can trust anyone at all?