Rockback Thursday: Def Leppard ‘Hysteria’ Released 30 Years Ago!

Def Leppard’s 1987 album release ‘Hysteria’ consists of 12 iconic, classic tracks most notably among them:

  • Animal
  • Love Bites
  • Pour Some Sugar On Me
  • Armageddon It
  • Rocket

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This followed their mainstream breakthrough ‘Pyromania’ (1983) spectacularly. The Pop-Metal style so perfected by Def Leppard in this release was as difficult to make as it is to ever replicate. Through hardships and high demands, the band created a perfect album that still stands today as one of the greatest rock n’ roll albums in history.

As the first release after drummer Rick Allen’s horrific car accident in which his left arm was severed, ‘Hysteria’ utilized a drum machine. In the meantime, Allen relearned the drums with a custom set.

Rick-Allen

‘Hysteria’ was produced by  Robert John “Mutt” Lange, who has produced albums for big names such as Foreigner, Bryan Adams, and Nickelback among others.

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Robert John “Mutt” Lange

‘Hysteria’ has sold millions of copies both in the U.S. and internationally, topping charts in the U.S., Austrailia and the U.K. Many sources have dubbed ‘Hysteria’ one of the greatest rock albums of all time. Rolling Stone placed it on the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” as #464. It has even been dubbed one of the greatest Hair-Metal albums in history by the same source!

It is a timeless release with amazing imagery that will likely never be outdone in the same genre and style. It seems to be one of divine influence in its quality. Today is a great day in metal history, so let’s celebrate Def Leppard’s accomplishment! A special 30th-anniversary box-set is set to release August 4th.

 

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From ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ Music Video

 

 

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