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Def Leppard Hysteria album cover

Track Listing

  1. Women
  2. Rocket
  3. Animal
  4. Love Bites
  5. Pour Some Sugar On Me
  6. Armageddon It
  7. Hysteria
  8. Gods of War
  9. Don't Shoot Shotgun
  10. Run Riot
  11. Hysteria
  12. Excitable
  13. Love and Affection

Rating: 10/10

Hysteria - Def Leppard’s Magnum Opus to Women (of the Champagne Room)

Def Leppard Hysteria Rock Hair Metal

Def Leppard Hysteria album cover

Track Listing

  1. Women
  2. Rocket
  3. Animal
  4. Love Bites
  5. Pour Some Sugar On Me
  6. Armageddon It
  7. Hysteria
  8. Gods of War
  9. Don't Shoot Shotgun
  10. Run Riot
  11. Hysteria
  12. Excitable
  13. Love and Affection

The funniest part about Def Leppard to me is how some people struggle to recognize their greatness. Maybe it was because they lacked true categorization. Maybe it was because they lacked someone like Desmond Child, Bon Jovi's lyrical and songwriting version of (his buddy) Bill Belichick's Ernie Adams. Maybe it was because Def Leppard were a band in truest sense of the word, a bunch of kids who set out to make awesome rock tunes in their late teens and ended up succeeding.

Hysteria took forever to record, overset expectations, promised the world, and then absolutely delivered. Hysteria upped the ante.

Sonically, this album has something for everyone. It probably upset some core fans who wanted to live in a High n Dry and On Through The Night world forever. But can you argue with the results? The guys from DL shouldn't be blamed for creating a masterpiece. You could say that trying to make every song a single is selling out, but what is wrong with that? We

Along with Appetite for Destruction, Hysteria released 7 singles. Just incredible.

And, if I recall correctly, Tear It Down off Adrenalize was supposed to be on Hysteria. They could have gotten to 8 singles.

Perhaps Producer Mutt Lange's finest work. Truly.

Rolling Stone ranked Hysteria at 464 on the 500 greatest albums of all-time. I don't buy it. There are at least 460+ albums on their list that aren't even close to the pure majesty of Hysteria. Maybe more.

Seriously, on the same web page Rolling Stone ranks a Hole album, a My Morning Jacket album, and an Amy Winehouse album ahead of Hysteria. Unreal. Go home, you're drunk, Rolling Stone.

The Bankrupt Brothers

The Bankrupt Brothers are the band within the band. They provide the backing vocals. It's just all 5 members of Def Leppard doing gang choruses.

Hysteria notes

Women

We literally can't live without them.

Rocket

Holy synth, Batman!

Musicians, is Rocket a shuffle? I am unclear on this.

Rocket has everything that the modern, in 1987, fan of the Lep was looking for:

  • Signature gang vocals
  • Savage getting air time

Double time pace pick-up at the end.

Animal

I cry wolf!

Love Bites

Again, Holy synth, Batman!

Compressed cleans, big, bouncy bass, and vocal processing galore on Love Bites. Track 4 shines again as the obligatory ballad. Stripped down and acoustic, Love Bites is nothing more than a country song in hair metal clothing.

Pour Some Sugar on Me

Step inside. Walk this way. You and me, babe. Hey! Hey!

... annnnnnnd RIFF!

Pour Some Sugar on Me, the zenith of Def Leppard's popularity. A half-assed, electrified rap that has more guitar layers than paint on a country barn, Pour Some Sugar on Me introduced Def Leppard to way more ladies. Some of those ladies would go on to have this hair metal anthem as their stage song. To those ladies we say, Pants and Fizz don't judge.

Armageddon It

The guitars of Armageddon It highlight DL's transition from the good looking, but rugged street rock grit of Pyromania and prior, to the clean-shaven, champagne-fueled, cigarette boat operating hair metal that we all know (and most likely still love) today.

To be clear, I adore Armageddon It, so there's that.

Sparkly guitars, huge Def Leppard choral vox, a video that is basically Pour Some Sugar on Me II. You just gotta love songs like this. If there is a defining song for the "sound" of Hysteria, it is Armageddon It.

Hysteria

Def Leppard has never shied away from writing well-crafted ballads. The title track of the album is no exception.

Gods of War

Love and Affection

Don't Shoot Shotgun