Def Leppard - Pyromania P-P-P-Pollin'!

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Pyromania is the third studio album by English rock band Def Leppard, released on 20 January 1983. The first album to feature guitarist Phil Collen who replaced founding member Pete Willis, Pyromania was produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange. The album was a shift away from the band's heavy metal roots towards more radio-friendly glam rock and hard rock, finding massive mainstream success. Pyromania charted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200,[4] No. 4 on the Canadian RPM Album chart and No. 18 on the UK Albums Chart[5] selling over ten million copies in the US, thus being certified diamond by the RIAA. (Wiki)

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
"Photograph" 14
"Foolin'" 7
"Rock of Ages" 5
"Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop)" 3
"Stagefright" 3
"Die Hard the Hunter" 1
"Too Late for Love" 0
"Comin' Under Fire" 0
"Action! Not Words" 0
"Billy's Got a Gun" 0


Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Tuesday, 28 March 2017 01:32 (five years ago) link

The soundtrack to an otherwise lamentable year in the eighth grade (and really, Junior High School is the worst) and part of a gateway drug to glam, now it seems so much more like the ubiquitous classic rock that preceded it than the mostly-American contemporaries they shared covers of Hit Parader and Circus with. Oddly enough not a gateway drug to the NWOBHM for me because by the time I had enough sense to start checking out older Def Lep, Metallica and Mercyful Fate started pointing me in that direction.

This is exceedingly difficult for me as it seemed that every song received some air play at the time and the entire album save for maybe the last two tracks stand up to scrutiny all these years later (I still play it from time to time). "Too Late For Love" is great but I generally prefer rockers which puts "Photograph" and "Foolin'" in play with the album opener "Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop)" as a darkhorse.

Will see what people say here before voting...

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Tuesday, 28 March 2017 01:41 (five years ago) link

I was looking for my LP today and couldn't find it. "Rock of Ages" and "Photograph" get in my head the most but I remember "Die Hard the Hunter" being pretty cool.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Tuesday, 28 March 2017 01:46 (five years ago) link

I think this has to be Photograph

akm, Tuesday, 28 March 2017 03:09 (five years ago) link

this is "Stagefright" for me. total balls to the wall verse riff followed by a delicious poppy chorus and featuring a dope-ass solo.

Neanderthal, Tuesday, 28 March 2017 03:12 (five years ago) link

Foolin' is all phases of Def Lep in a single song.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Tuesday, 28 March 2017 03:38 (five years ago) link

Photograph might get it for me, that soaring chorus just does it for me every time

But Foolin is killer

Ugh

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 28 March 2017 03:39 (five years ago) link

"Action! Not Words" is the only song I'm not real keen on

Neanderthal, Tuesday, 28 March 2017 03:41 (five years ago) link

"Foolin" was the first DL song I ever heard I think. Saw a video of it and it seemed impossibly exciting and naughty.

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 28 March 2017 09:01 (five years ago) link

too hard, "Photograph" vs "Die Hard" vs "Billy's Got a Gun" probably

millwallreptile (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 28 March 2017 09:06 (five years ago) link

either foolin' or photograph, leaning toward the former

Balðy Daudrs (contenderizer), Tuesday, 28 March 2017 10:54 (five years ago) link

Ahh, but you've given away the correct answer right there in the thread title.

This album (along with Billy Squier and the first few Van Halen albums) was the soundtrack to boy scout summer camp for several summers in a row. We relied on the one kid who know some german to decipher the intro to "Rock of Ages" for us.

Agreed that it holds up. l still have my copy that I got from Columbia House Record Club, and it does still get some spins.

enochroot, Tuesday, 28 March 2017 13:45 (five years ago) link

Lol @ silent harpist in "Foolin'" video

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Tuesday, 28 March 2017 13:50 (five years ago) link

saw Def Leppard last year for the first time and "Foolin'" slayed

Neanderthal, Tuesday, 28 March 2017 13:50 (five years ago) link

"Stagefright" all night for me.

I once went to see Def Lep on the Euphoria tour in Allentown PA and I was joking with my friends about some of their lesser singles. "I hope they do Make Love Like a Man!" "Yeah or Slang!" Later the same night Joe yells to the audience "That was Make Love like a Man, THIS...IS....SLANG!"

DavidLeeRoth, Tuesday, 28 March 2017 14:20 (five years ago) link

This has got to be "Photograph"

daavid, Tuesday, 28 March 2017 14:26 (five years ago) link

Only one mention of "Rock of Ages" thus far? Surely that's crazy. Figured it would be a showdown between that and "Foolin'" with "Photograph" firmly in third place. Then again, 2017 has been full of surprises.

vmajestic, Tuesday, 28 March 2017 14:32 (five years ago) link

Gunter blieben glästen globen

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 28 March 2017 14:57 (five years ago) link

We relied on the one kid who know some german to decipher the intro to "Rock of Ages" for us.

According to Google Translate, the words translate to "Gunter remained glazed globes."

Lauren Schumer Donor (Phil D.), Tuesday, 28 March 2017 15:22 (five years ago) link

I almost don't want to know the real translation at this point. It would be more anticlimactic than finding out that Ozzy Osbourne didn't really delay the start of his show until the crowd killed a puppy.

enochroot, Tuesday, 28 March 2017 15:55 (five years ago) link

photograph

Lebro v. Wade (Spottie), Tuesday, 28 March 2017 16:52 (five years ago) link

i really hate the "passion killer" line in Photograph, that is my only mark against it

PASSION KILLER, YOURE TOO MUCH

wtf

but then the lead-in to the chorus makes up for it

SO WIIIIIILD AND FREEEE
SO FAAAAR FROM MEEE
YOURE ALL
I WANT
MY FAAAAANTASYYYYYYY

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 28 March 2017 16:57 (five years ago) link

forgot just how much ass "Die Hard the Hunter" kicks. it is lots. lots and lots of ass.

also helicopter noise.

oh good he's gone now i can take this off (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 28 March 2017 17:17 (five years ago) link

probably the 'heaviest' song on the album

Neanderthal, Tuesday, 28 March 2017 17:21 (five years ago) link

yeah was gonna say it's the most NWOBHM track underneath Lange's production glitter

oh good he's gone now i can take this off (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 28 March 2017 17:24 (five years ago) link

i really hate the "passion killer" line in Photograph, that is my only mark against it

I always thought this was "plastic killer", which was kind of cool, but, nope, it says "passion killer" in all caps in the video. I guess they meant someone who kills with passion, as opposed to someone who kills your passion?

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Tuesday, 28 March 2017 17:55 (five years ago) link

For years I thought he was saying "possibly" in a really stupid way

POSS A BILL AH

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 28 March 2017 19:25 (five years ago) link

precursor to Gucci Mane

Neanderthal, Tuesday, 28 March 2017 19:32 (five years ago) link

Great making of in Tape Op. Drums recorded last! Tons of Fairlight.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 28 March 2017 19:56 (five years ago) link

yeah great article tape op 4eva!!!!!

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 28 March 2017 20:11 (five years ago) link

We're talking about the Tape Op interview in the Hysteria thread.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Tuesday, 28 March 2017 20:18 (five years ago) link

Some days Mutt Lang looks out of his mountain chalais and ponders that if they would have only spent another 200 hours mixing, Billy's Got a Gun would have been the biggest hit on the record.

earlnash, Tuesday, 28 March 2017 22:03 (five years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 9 April 2017 00:01 (five years ago) link

couldn't lie to myself, voted "Photograph"

Raul Chamgerlain (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 9 April 2017 06:18 (five years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Monday, 10 April 2017 00:01 (five years ago) link

"Too Late for Love" 0

wau

Neanderthal, Monday, 10 April 2017 00:03 (five years ago) link

It really had to be "Rock of Ages" in the end.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Monday, 10 April 2017 00:05 (five years ago) link

i remember thinking for years as a young kid that Def Leppard were covering the hymn "Rock of Ages"

Neanderthal, Monday, 10 April 2017 00:07 (five years ago) link

nine months pass...

I'm a HUGE Def Leppard fan ("Hysteria" is my favorite album, but "Pyromania" is up there too), and I'm so glad their catalog is finally available digitally.

With that said, I've got to say the recent Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction news for Bon Jovi kinda bugged me, so I put together a detailed "face-off" comparing the 2 bands to show which one is REALLY more "worthy" of the honor.

I think you'll find it interesting...Feel free to share it!

"Bon Jovi, but not Def Leppard? For Shame Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!"
https://www.nostalgiclogic.com/bon-jovi-not-def-leppard-shame/

Nostalgic Logic, Saturday, 20 January 2018 23:17 (five years ago) link

posting the same post on two different threads is about as necessary as a drummer having two arms

del griffith, Sunday, 21 January 2018 00:16 (five years ago) link

MEAN

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 21 January 2018 01:26 (five years ago) link

it can be frustrating dealing with dismissive co-workers, those who are very comfortable routinely doing the same inefficient thing over and over. These folks have simply “accepted” the way things are done, and the most effort you’ll get from them is when they challenge your new ideas.

i am a skinematographer (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 21 January 2018 01:32 (five years ago) link

FP til ya drop

fuck you, your hat is horrible (Neanderthal), Sunday, 21 January 2018 02:35 (five years ago) link

six months pass...

Been jamming PYROMANIA a lot recently, and what’s killing me now is Rock of Ages, specifically how Elliott sings “so feeeeeel it” towards the end, he holds that note and gives it a little vibrato and it owns.

Stagefright has also been destroying me, the chorus feels like it’s almost a bit too fast but it hangs on and makes it all the more thrilling.

omar little, Saturday, 4 August 2018 04:56 (four years ago) link

Why won't you let goooooo

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Saturday, 4 August 2018 05:26 (four years ago) link

I like Hysteria a lot but people who think it's better than Pyromania are nuts

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 4 August 2018 12:48 (four years ago) link

otm

princess of hell (BradNelson), Saturday, 4 August 2018 12:52 (four years ago) link

phil collins has some great solos on this record

calstars, Saturday, 4 August 2018 13:11 (four years ago) link

Pyromania is great start to finish, good tracks all the way through. I love Hysteria but Side B drops way off trackwise imo.

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 4 August 2018 14:58 (four years ago) link

Pyromania is just as well crafted as Hysteria but isn't so obsessively overcooked also better songs (imo)

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 4 August 2018 16:11 (four years ago) link

xpost yeah the non hit songs in Hysteria are kinda forgettable

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 4 August 2018 16:12 (four years ago) link

I don't think I can listen to either of these in one sitting.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 4 August 2018 16:12 (four years ago) link

wtf

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 4 August 2018 16:23 (four years ago) link

I know, right? I think it's that Pyromania the song is imo much better then everything else on here, and there are a few songs I actively hate. Like rock rock till you drop. Hysteria, there are more songs I want to listen to, but I think the running order is weird.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 4 August 2018 22:13 (four years ago) link

24 Joe Elliott vocal tracks can’t be wrong

calstars, Saturday, 4 August 2018 22:50 (four years ago) link

four years pass...

Happy 40th

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 21 January 2023 01:18 (two weeks ago) link

wow

And we’re as far from Pyromania as Pyromania was from a time when the number one song in the country was “There Are Such Things” by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra w/Frank Sinatra and the Pied Pipers

omar little, Saturday, 21 January 2023 01:27 (two weeks ago) link

That's time for you! But I kinda love it, really.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 21 January 2023 01:31 (two weeks ago) link

I SAIDAH WELCUM TO MAH SHOWWW

calstars, Saturday, 21 January 2023 01:41 (two weeks ago) link

I know I've posted plenty of times on Def Leppard but it appears not on this thread so to repeat what I just said over on FB: this and Duran Duran's Rio are in many tangible ways the lodestone albums for me after what had been a couple of years of top 40 listening primarily, then finally moving into purchasing albums on my own. (Did RCA's record club help in that regard for a twelve-year old? Of course.) The funny thing is that both Duran and Def Leppard were of course strangely similar: two very not-from-London quintets ultimately sourced from UK glam rock's general hysteria and possibilities rather than being seeming opposites of sorts, but if _Rio_ fully inculcated me into possibilities of dance, electronics, beats, a backdoor introduction to Bowie (who of course also hit with Let's Dance in 1983) and Roxy and much more besides from there, then Pyromania is what made me consider noise, riffs, feedback and everything that would lead from there. Foundational stuff! And of course Thomas Dolby was on here so it all kinda intertwined further in the end. Anyway, rock! Rock! (Till you drop.)

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 21 January 2023 01:44 (two weeks ago) link

I've disliked this band for nearly the entire last 40 years, but, having thought of Mutt Lange as a single-minded obsessive chaser of hit records, actually listening to all of Pyromania reveals that he has an attention to detail that couldn't possibly translate into greater record sales. So there's some deep motivation there not revealed in his Graham Parker productions.

Halfway there but for you, Sunday, 22 January 2023 18:59 (two weeks ago) link

JUST YOU AND ME BABE

calstars, Sunday, 22 January 2023 19:02 (two weeks ago) link

Good timing to revisit this old Quietus piece. The author's name rings a vague bell, but I can't quite seem to place it ... anyone?

https://thequietus.com/articles/09833-def-leppard-hysteria

I can't tell if he's trolling or not (ilxor), Thursday, 26 January 2023 05:59 (one week ago) link

I’d love to hear an Albini produced Hysteria

calstars, Thursday, 26 January 2023 20:38 (one week ago) link

xpost Heard of that guy.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 26 January 2023 20:46 (one week ago) link

Gunther glieben ye mad puffin

(for those few people who know my real name, it's funnier in that form, trust me)

Ned's post is all-time wisdom BTW. This was a seminal time for persons of my age, class, and temperament.

Each person's journey is their own, of course, and that journey is unique to that person. Everyone values and treasures their own specific journey. But some of us followed enough of the same path that we can recognize one another. If you had that Members Only-style jacket in eighth grade, we probably have a lot in common. If you were a girl in a big Forenza sweater in a neon color, I see you, friend. If you ever bought a cassingle, you are in my tribe.

is it milli vanilli or just a facsimile (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 26 January 2023 20:53 (one week ago) link

Always thought this album cover was a Storm Thorgerson jam 'cos he did High 'n' Dry, but I guess not. Hmmph.

henry s, Thursday, 26 January 2023 22:42 (one week ago) link


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