|Studio album by|
|Released||3 August 1987|
|Recorded||February 1984-January 1987|
|Studio||Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum; Windmill Lane Studio 2, Dublin; Studio Des Dames, Paris|
Mercury (US and Japan)
|Producer||Robert John "Mutt" Lange|
|Def Leppard chronology|
|Singles from Hysteria|
Hysteria is the fourth studio album by English hard rock band Def Leppard, released on 3 August 1987 through Mercury Records and reissued on 1 January 2000. It is Def Leppard's best-selling album to date, selling over 25 million copies worldwide, including 12 million in the US, and spawning seven hit singles. The album charted at number one on both the Billboard 200 and the UK Albums Chart.
Hysteria was produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange. The title of the album was thought up by drummer Rick Allen, referring to his 1984 auto accident and the ensuing worldwide media coverage surrounding it. It is also the last album to feature guitarist Steve Clark before his death, although songs co-written by him would appear on the band's next album, Adrenalize.
The album is the follow-up to the band's 1983 breakthrough Pyromania. Hysterias creation took over three years and was plagued by delays, including the aftermath of drummer Rick Allen's accident that cost him his left arm on New Year's Eve of 31 December 1984. Subsequent to the album's release, Def Leppard published a book entitled Animal Instinct: The Def Leppard Story, written by Rolling Stone magazine senior editor David Fricke, on the three-year recording process of Hysteria and the tough times the band endured through the mid-1980s.
Lasting 62 and a half minutes, the album is one of the longest ever issued on a single vinyl record. It is the band's longest album to date.
Initially, Hysteria was to be named Animal Instinct and produced by Lange, but he dropped out after pre-production sessions, citing exhaustion from a gruelling schedule from the past few years. Meat Loaf songwriter Jim Steinman was brought in, but Steinman's intention to make a raw-sounding record that captured the moment conflicted with the band's interest in creating a bigger, more pristine pop production. Joe Elliott later stated in an interview: "Todd Rundgren produced (Meat Loaf's) Bat Out of Hell. Jim Steinman wrote it". After parting ways with Steinman following an unsatisfactory recording of "Don't Shoot Shotgun", the band tried to produce the album themselves with Lange's engineer Nigel Green with no success, and initial recording sessions were entirely scrapped.
On 31 December 1984, Rick Allen lost his left arm when his Corvette flipped off a country road. Following the accident, the band stood by Allen's decision to return to the drum kit despite his disability, using a combination electronic/acoustic kit with a set of electronic pedals that triggered (via MIDI) the sounds that he would have played with his left arm. The band slowly continued production until Lange unexpectedly returned a year later, and Allen mastered his customised drum kit. However, the sessions were further delayed by Lange's own auto accident (sustaining leg injuries from which he quickly recovered) and a bout of the mumps suffered by singer Joe Elliott in 1986.
The final recording sessions took place in January 1987 for the song "Armageddon It" and a last-minute composition "Pour Some Sugar on Me", though Lange spent another three months mixing the tracks. The album was finally released worldwide on 3 August 1987, with "Animal" as the lead single in most countries except for the US and Canada where "Women" was the first single.
In the liner notes to the album, the band apologized for the long wait between albums, and promised to never force fans to wait that long between albums again. However, later events, particularly the death of lead guitarist Steve Clark, delayed the next album, Adrenalize, by almost five years.
David Simone, managing director of Phonogram Records at the time, said the album might have been the most expensive record made in the U.K. According to guitarist Phil Collen, the album had to sell a minimum of 5 million copies to break even.
The popularity of Def Leppard in their homeland had significantly grown over the previous four years, and Hysteria topped the charts in Britain in its first week of release. The album was also a major success in other parts of Europe. In the US, however, the band initially struggled to regain the momentum of Pyromania that was lost from such a prolonged absence. The success of the album's fourth single, "Pour Some Sugar on Me" would propel the album to the top of the US Billboard 200 albums chart on July 23, 1988, nearly a year after its release - topping the chart three separate times for a combined total of six weeks. In the Billboard issue dated 8 October 1988, Def Leppard held the No. 1 spot on both the singles and album charts with "Love Bites" and Hysteria, respectively.
Hysteria went on to dominate album charts around the world for three years. It was certified 12x platinum by the RIAA in 2009. The album currently sits as the 51st best selling album of all time in the US. It spent 96 weeks in the US top 40, a record for the 1980s it ties with Born in the U.S.A. The album has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide.
The leadoff track, "Women", was selected as the first single for the US and Canada, instead of "Animal", in July 1987. Then-manager Cliff Burnstein reasoned that the band needed to reconnect with their hard rock audience first before issuing more Top 40-friendly singles. "Women" became a top 10 hit on the rock chart, peaking at number seven, but as predicted, did not make a large impact on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 80. Six more singles were subsequently released in the United States, with "Love Bites" reaching number one, and three others reaching the top ten. The singles earned similar success in the United Kingdom.
Speaking to Kerrang! in May 2008 about the album's success, Joe Elliott remembered:
For us the first album showed promise, the second showed the true reality of where we were going, the third album worked better in America than it did in England simply because there was no exposure radio-wise over here but by the time we did Hysteria, everything had fallen into place. Airplay and hit singles were one aspect of it but there was also all the hard work we put into the album - we literally did slave over it to get every sound on it right. There was also Rick's accident, of course, and to be honest, I'm sure there was the initial wave of sympathy but I'm equally sure the album would have still worked anyway. None of the other stuff - the touring, the promotion, the videos - none of that would have meant anything if the songs hadn't been there and I'm still really proud of all the songs on Hysteria.
On 24 October 2006, a 2-CD "deluxe edition" of the album was released, including a remastering of the original B-sides and bonus tracks from the album's period. Many of these songs, alongside two other Hysteria compositions "Desert Song" and "Fractured Love", had been featured on Retro Active, albeit with remixes, revamps, and new parts added. The deluxe edition Hysteria deluxe CD included the original B-side versions of these recordings without alterations.
During their 22 March to 10 April 2013 residency at The Joint, Def Leppard performed the album in its entirety, from start to finish. This was followed up with a live album Viva! Hysteria, recorded during the residency and released on 22 October 2013, which includes all of Hysteria being played live.
The album's goal, set out by Lange, was to be a hard rock version of Michael Jackson's Thriller, in that every track was a potential hit single. Songs were therefore written with this concept in mind, disappointing heavy metal fans who clamoured for a straight sequel to Pyromania. One song, "Love Bites", was already mostly written in the vein of a country ballad by Mutt Lange when he brought it to the band's attention.
While Pyromania contained traces of Def Leppard's original traditional heavy metal sound found on their first two albums, Hysteria removed them in favour of the latest sonic technology available at the time (best displayed on "Rocket", "Love Bites", "Excitable", and "Gods of War"). As with Pyromania, every song was recorded by every member in the studio separately instead of the whole band. The multiple vocal harmonies were enhanced by Lange's techniques, even pitching background vocals on all tracks. Guitar parts were now focused more on emphasising melody than hard rock's more basic and clichéd riffs. The band used the Rockman amplifier, developed by guitarist Tom Scholz from the rock band Boston, to record the album. Engineer Mike Shipley described the Rockman as "a shitty little box" with "a godawful sound" that "had no real balls to it", but it was used because the other amplifiers used had an excessively "crunchy" sound ill-suited to layering guitars and which Lange did not think was "commercial" enough.
In addition, all of the album's drum sounds were samples recorded by Lange and the engineers, then played from the Fairlight CMI. In a 1999 interview with Mix Magazine, Shipley noted, "Pyromania was done the same way, on cheesy 8-bit Fairlight technology where we had to figure out how to record everything at half speed into the Fairlight to make it sound like it had some tone to it, and we'd be stacking up a bunch of snares and bass drums." Shipley also noted that the drum sounds were dealt with last because each song's structure could change so radically, and because of technical difficulties. This unique approach sometimes led to painstaking lengths of time in the recording studio.
The smash single, "Pour Some Sugar on Me", was the last song written but was quickly finished within two weeks. In sharp contrast, the final version of "Animal" took almost a full three years to be developed but was not as successful as other singles despite reaching number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Hysteria received generally positive reviews. AllMusic reviewer Steve Huey gave the album a rating of five stars and stated that "Pyromanias slick, layered Mutt Lange production turned into a painstaking obsession with dense sonic detail on Hysteria, with the result that some critics dismissed the record as a stiff, mechanized pop sell-out (perhaps due in part to Rick Allen's new, partially electronic drum kit)." Huey said that album was not heavy metal and was instead a standout example of pop metal.
In 2005, Hysteria was ranked number 464 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.Hysteria got the same placement on Rolling Stones list of the 500 best albums of all time, and the magazine also ranked the album atop its list of the 50 greatest hair metal albums.Hysteria was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
|5.||"Pour Some Sugar on Me"||4:27|
|7.||"Gods of War"||6:37|
|8.||"Don't Shoot Shotgun"||4:27|
|12.||"Love and Affection"||4:35|
|Japanese bonus track|
|13.||"Love and Affection" (Live in Tilburg, Holland)||4:50|
|2006 deluxe edition: Disc one|
|13.||"Tear It Down"||Clark, Collen, Elliott, Savage||"Women" US single and "Animal" UK single||3:38|
|14.||"Ride into the Sun" (1987 re-recording)||Elliott, Savage||"Hysteria" single||3:04|
|15.||"I Wanna Be Your Hero"||Clark, Collen, Elliott, Savage, Lange||"Pour Some Sugar on Me" single and "Animal" US single||4:32|
|16.||"Ring of Fire"||Clark, Collen, Elliott, Savage, Lange||"Armageddon It" single and "Pour Some Sugar on Me" US single||4:36|
|2006 deluxe edition: Disc two|
|1.||"Elected" (Live June 1987 in Tilburg, Holland)||Alice Cooper, Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith||"Heaven Is" single||4:18|
|2.||"Love and Affection" (Live June 1987 in Tilburg, Holland)||"Hysteria" single||4:50|
|3.||"Billy's Got a Gun" (Live June 1987 in Tilburg, Holland)||Elliott, Pete Willis, Clark, Savage, Lange||"Love Bites" single||5:21|
|4.||"Rock of Ages" (Medley) (includes Not Fade Away / My Generation / Radar Love / Come Together / Whole Lotta Love)" (Live June 1987 in Tilburg, Holland)||Elliott, Clark, Lange; Buddy Holly, Norman Petty; Pete Townshend; Barry Hay, George Kooymans; John Lennon, Paul McCartney; Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham, Willie Dixon||"Rocket" 12" single and CD singles||8:42|
|5.||"Women" (Live February 1988 at McNichols Arena, Denver, Colorado)||Clark, Collen, Elliott, Savage, Lange||"Rocket" US single and "Let's Get Rocked" UK CD single||6:29|
|6.||"Animal" (Extended version)||Clark, Collen, Elliott, Savage, Lange||"Animal" 12" single||4:40|
|7.||"Pour Some Sugar on Me" (Extended version)||Clark, Collen, Elliott, Savage, Lange||"Pour Some Sugar on Me" 12" single||5:37|
|8.||"Armageddon It" (The Nuclear Mix)||Clark, Collen, Elliott, Savage, Lange||"Armageddon It" 12" single||7:41|
|9.||"Excitable" (Orgasmic Mix)||Clark, Collen, Elliott, Savage, Lange||"Love Bites" 12" single||6:25|
|10.||"Rocket" (The Lunar Mix)||Clark, Collen, Elliott, Savage, Lange||Released as single, and B-side of "Love Bites" CD single||8:42|
|11.||"Release Me" (performed by Stumpus Maximus & The Good Ol' Boys)||Eddie Miller, Robert Yount, and James Pebworth||"Rocket" single and "Armageddon It" US single||3:31|
On 4 August 2017, the band released 30th Anniversary editions of the album. This included remasters of the original songs, B-sides and remixes from the albums era on two discs, and an audio only version of the Live: In the Round, in Your Face video, recorded in Denver, Colorado at McNichols Sports Arena on February 12th and 13th, 1988. This release omits four songs from the concert: Don't Shoot Shotgun, Let It Go, Tear It Down and Travelin' Band (Creedence Clearwater Revival cover) as well as a Steve Clark guitar solo. Two songs, Armageddon It and Pour Some Sugar On Me, were performed twice in order to record music videos.
|30th anniversary edition (2017) - Disc two|
|1.||"Tear It Down"||3:37|
|2.||"I Wanna Be Your Hero"||4:35|
|3.||"Ride Into the Sun"||3:07|
|4.||"Ring of Fire"||4:36|
|5.||"Women" (radio edit)||4:55|
|6.||"Rocket" (Lunar Mix) (radio edit)||4:37|
|7.||"Love Bites" (radio edit)||4:48|
|8.||"Hysteria" (radio edit)||3:48|
|9.||"Pour Some Sugar on Me" (radio edit)||4:22|
|10.||"Armageddon It" (radio edit)||4:12|
|12.||"Classic Album - Hysteria - BBC Documentary"|
|30th anniversary edition (2017) - Disc three|
|1.||"Rocket" (Lunar Mix - extended version)||8:40|
|2.||"Armageddon It" (The Nuclear Mix)||7:42|
|3.||"Animal" (extended version)||4:52|
|4.||"Pour Some Sugar on Me" (extended version)||5:36|
|5.||"Excitable" (The Orgasmic Mix)||6:24|
|6.||"Rocket" (Lunar Mix)||7:06|
|7.||"Rock of Ages Medley" (live)||8:39|
|8.||"Love and Affection" (live)||4:50|
|9.||"Billy's Got a Gun" (live)||5:21|
|30th anniversary edition (2017) - Disc Four (Live: In the Round, In Your Face)|
|2.||"Rock! Rock! (Til You Drop)"||3:32|
|4.||"Too Late for Love"||5:51|
|6.||"Gods of War"||6:32|
|7.||"Die Hard the Hunter"||6:10|
|30th anniversary edition (2017) - Disc five (Live: In the Round, In Your Face)|
|1.||"Bringin' on the Heartbreak"||6:16|
|5.||"Pour Some Sugar on Me"||4:52|
|7.||"Rock of Ages"||7:42|
|Australian Albums (ARIA)||1|
|Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)||14|
|German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)||10|
|Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)||1|
|New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)||1|
|Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)||2|
|Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)||2|
|UK Albums (OCC)||1|
|US Billboard 200||1|
|Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)||71|
|Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)||153|
|Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)||76|
|US Billboard 200||39|
|US Catalog Albums Chart||1|
|Australia (ARIA)||4× Platinum||280,000^|
|Canada (Music Canada)||Diamond||1,000,000^|
|New Zealand (RMNZ)||Platinum||15,000^|
|Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)||Platinum||50,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||2× Platinum||600,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||12× Platinum||12,000,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone