Performer: Def Leppard
Engineer: Ronald Prent; Erwin Musper; Nigel Green...
Producer: Robert John Lange...
Distributor: Universal Distribution
Notes: Def Leppard: Joe Elliott (vocals); Steve Clark, Phil Collen (guitar); Rick Savage (bass); Rick Allen (drums). Additional personnel: The Bankrupt Brothers (background vocals). Recorded at Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum, Holland; Windmill Lane Studio 2, Dublin, Ireland; Studio Des Dames, Paris, France. Def Leppard: Joe Elliot (vocals); Rick Savage (bass guitar); Rick Allen (drums); Phil Collen, Steve Clark . Personnel: Joe Elliott (vocals); Phil Collen, Steve Clark (guitar); Rick Allen (drums). Audio Mixers: Mike Shipley; Nigel Green. Recording information: Studio Des Dames, Paris, Fra (02/1984-01/1987); Windmill Lane Studio 2, Dublin, Ireland (02/1984-01/1987); Wisseloord Studio, Hilversum, The Netherlands (02/1984-01/1987). Photographers: Ross Halfin; Laurie Lewis. Unknown Contributor Role: Steve Clark . Four years after PYROMANIA, Def Leppard were a comparative write-off. Dismissed by critics, seemingly dogged by bad luck, with drummer Rick Allen losing an arm in a car accident, HYSTERIA had to be an album to turn heads. In retrospect, it sounded like the first true hard rock record for the CD generation. Ambitious arrangements and remixes on songs such as "Rocket" and "Armaggedon It," a crisp single in "Animal," and a dense paean to love with "Love Bites," all bets were off. Def Leppard had created an intriguing language of ideas that still speaks volumes more than a decade on.
Rolling Stone (p.130) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he original singles still have the same sugar rush..." Q (p.154) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Vocals are stacked on top of each other until they scrape the ionosphere; guitars are primped within an inch of their lives....Hugely influential..."
Before Def Leppard, heavy metal was associated with leather, studs, and motorcycles. After a pair of mega-platinum albums in the '80s, Leppard proved that pop hooks, hard rock, and good looks could equal massive success, hatching a slew of imitators in the process. Despite numerous setbacks such as drummer Rick Allen losing an arm in an accident, followed by the death of guitarist Steve Clark, the British band persevered, achieving even more popularity. Though they inspired legions of hair metal bands, their longevity is a testament to their enduring musical legacy.
Also Appears On:
Accept Alter Bridge Blue Murder Bon Jovi Cinderella Damn Yankees Darkness (The) Diamond Head (Metal) Dio Dokken Europe Extreme Firehouse Giant Giuffria Guns N' Roses Hagar, Sammy Heart Helloween Hinder Iron Maiden Journey (Rock) King's X Loudness Loverboy Mr. Big Mötley Crüe Night Ranger Nova, Aldo Osbourne, Ozzy Poison Queensrÿche Quiet Riot REO Speedwagon Ratt Raven (UK Band) Roth, David Lee Saigon Kick Saxon Scorpions Skid Row Slaughter Squier, Billy Steelheart Stryper Survivor Switches T.N.T. (Heavy Metal) Tesla Thunder Triumph Twisted Sister Van Halen Velvet Revolver Warrant White Lion Whitesnake Winger Y&T
AC/DC Aerosmith Beatles (The) Black Sabbath Bolan, Marc Boston Deep Purple Electric Light Orchestra Foreigner John, Elton Judas Priest Kiss Led Zeppelin Queen Rolling Stones (The) Slade Sweet T. Rex Thin Lizzy UFO Van Halen