Rocks In The Attic #175: Def Leppard – ‘Hysteria’ (1987)

The band put a lot into this album, especially the drummer. I’ve driven on the country road, Snake Pass between Sheffield and Manchester, where Rick Allen lost his arm – what a horrible thing to happen to a band. I guess anybody in a band losing an arm would be a horrible thing – it just seems that little bit more horrible that it was the drummer.

Growing up as a rock fan, you tend to see the same facts repeated over and over in magazines. One fact always associated with this album is that is the joint best-selling rock album, alongside AC/DC’s Back In Black. Looking at the R.I.A.A.’s list of best-selling albums, that seems to be a load of bollocks. Back In Black is in there, second only to Michael Jackson’s Thriller, but Def Leppard are nowhere to be seen in the top 30. Perhaps sales to strip clubs don’t count?

It wouldn’t surprise me if that claim was something started by Joe Elliot – Leppard’s lead singer, and chief ambassador for the band. In interviews, he has bragged about the level of alcohol found in former guitarist Steve Clark’s body when he died, being higher than the level of alcohol found in John Bonham’s body when he snuffed it – as though that makes Def Leppard the better band or something. What an odd thing to talk about. Anyway, with this level of misguided self-promotion, I wouldn’t be surprised if Elliot regularly told the press that his band’s 1987 offering was on a par with Back In Black in terms of sales. The big difference though is that Back In Black has aged well.

Hysteria isn’t a bad album, per se. It has a lot of hit singles – seven in total were taken from the album – but it just reeks of 1987. Their albums prior to this are far more interesting, but from this point onwards, all of their songs are mid-tempo to cater for their drummer’s new set-up.

Hit: Pour Some Sugar On Me

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