#464: Hysteria by Def Leppard


Hysteria by Def Leppard (1987)

Favorite Track(s): "Animal" and "Pour Some Sugar on Me" and "Gods of War"

Thoughts: First, I need to admit total ignorance regarding Def Leppard. I had no clue they were British. And, this album was produced by Shania Twain's former husband, Robert John 'Mutt' Lange.

I don't think I ever considered 'hair bands' to be heavy metal. Are they, or is that just what they consider themselves to be? And does this classify as classic rock? For some reason I always assume that 80s rock is too early to be considered 'classic.'

Second, I did not really care for this album when it started. I thought it was just Ok. But the longer I listened, the more I liked it. Which basically means I think the first 2 tracks don't lend very much to the album and can be skipped over completely.

This is the second time I've ever assumed that a song titled "Love and Affection" is the same one I heard JC Chasez sing on MMC. But that one is by the twin songs of Ricky Nelson, and not the songs of the same title by Joan Armatrading and Def Leppard. Consistently disappointing, that is. (Though for the record, Joan's song is probably the best one I've heard of the 3.)

I watched some of their music videos, and they look they were probably very fun to see live. Steve Clark is my new favorite rock guitarist, as the man's a freaking tornado. It's sad that he died so young ( per usual when that happens).

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