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© Mercury Records
Year of Release: 1987
Pour Some Sugar On Me
Gods Of War
Don't Shoot Shotgun
Love And Affection
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The 1980s emerged many rock heavy metal bands. Def Leppard was one
of those many bands. Their 1987 release Hysteria was argued by many
critics having a more pop sound mixed with metal, but in either case,
Hysteria is a fantastic album.
This album features six songs that received heavy radio airplay:
Pour Some Sugar On Me
All of these songs are good, but in some exceptions there were songs that
were being played over and over again, (like any other songs heard on the
radio), sometimes it got to the point, I was saying "If I hear that song
again, I'm going to scream!" Pour Some Sugar On Me may not be as
great as the other songs listed above, but this song did get to me at times,
as it was getting "too much" airplay. Armageddon It is another example;
it's not the greatest song in the world, but the other songs like Rocket,
the title track Hysteria, and Def Leppard's only #1 single, Love
Bites are songs that are much better and more enjoyed than the
Sugar tune and Armageddon It. All of the songs from this album
are true rockers, with the exception of two slow-paced songs, (which are
excellent), Love Bites and Hysteria.
And then there are the other songs:
Women -- this is "pop" metal? I don't think so... this song
Gods Of War -- a great song, and how this tune didn't get
any airplay, is beyond me...
Don't Shoot Shotgun -- yes, I'll have to agree -- this song
does have a somewhat "pop" sound to it.
Run Riot -- is your typical loud, driving Def Leppard tune,
equally enjoyable as the six hits that dominate this album.
Excitable -- wow, the title says it all -- it is excitable,
and the guitar riffs are similar to AC/DC's Shot Down In Flames.
Love And Affection -- no, not the Nelson tune, this song is
similar to the title track of this album, yet it's faster.
Def Leppard's Hysteria is a great hard rock/heavy metal album.
As much as the critics argued about the "pop" sound similarities, most hard
rock bands may (or had to) adapt to this sound to get noticed. (Whitesnake
did this with their "pop" sounders Is This Love and Here I Go Again.
Also, Van Halen's Jump and Mr. Big's To Be With You come to mind.)
But to the hard rock/metal fans, Def Leppard is a favorite all over the world;
whether it be the band's England hometown, or here in the U.S. Def Leppard
attracts audiences all over for those who enjoy their music.
The Rock of the Eighties defined many rock/metal groups. Discover Def
Leppard's successful albums. Hysteria, Pyromania, and Adrenalize
are albums that launced the success of this band. Like many other bands, it
took some time (and earlier albums) for Def Leppard to take off on higher
grounds. Their previous albums (before Pyromania) are equally favored
as good-to-great reviews. Hysteria defines Def Leppard as one of many
rock/metal acts who dominated the 1980s decade. If you truly enjoy this kind
of music, you will not be disappointed.
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