Active Topics | Member List | Search | Help | Register | Login
Music MOBILE
Byrne Robotics | Music
Topic: Def Leppard Post Reply | Post New Topic
Author
Message
Brian Floyd
Byrne Robotics Member


Joined: 07 July 2006
Location: United States
Posts: 5490
Posted: 05 August 2017 at 2:36pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Hysteria. (Damn. Was I really 16 when it came out?)

Anyone else a fan? They're hands down my favorite 80's band, but there's only a smattering of songs they've done since that I really like. Because they became more mainstream rock than hard rock/heavy metal.

I will admit that though they're one of my favorite bands, I'm sick of `Pour Some Sugar On Me'. And I can only listen to the remake they did about 5 years ago, not the original, if I have to hear it. (They've also done remakes of `Hysteria' and `Rock Of Ages'.)





Back to Top profile | search e-mail
 
Byron Graham
Byrne Robotics Member


Joined: 19 September 2004
Location: United States
Posts: 746
Posted: 05 August 2017 at 5:35pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

I have most of their albums (missing just two: On Through the Night and Sparkle Lounge) and I played them often on road trips -- my wife was a big fan. She made me keep a copy of the Rock of Ages compilation in the car in case of musical emergencies.

I'll probably get the big Hysteria collection that just came out just for the rare tracks, though the consensus over on the Steve Hoffman audio forums is that the sound has been crushed to death. #sad

Since my wife's passing, I'm finding their album Slang resonates with me, particularly "All I Want Is Everything" and "Deliver Me."


Edited by Byron Graham on 05 August 2017 at 5:40pm
Back to Top profile | search e-mail
 
Shawn Kane
Byrne Robotics Member


Joined: 04 November 2010
Location: United States
Posts: 2299
Posted: 07 August 2017 at 3:33pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Hysteria came out when I was in the ninth grade and I have such great memories of that time period and the great hard rock albums that came out (that some may consider cheesy today but I don't), that I enjoy the album more for the memories than the overall songs. Though I prefer High N Dry and Pyromania to Hysteria, I still enjoy it. Women and Gods of War are my favorite songs on it.

Back to Top profile | search
 
James Best
Byrne Robotics Member


Joined: 02 March 2014
Location: United States
Posts: 455
Posted: 07 August 2017 at 7:47pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

I collected most of their albums up through SLANG before I started looking elsewhere for my musical fix. I really enjoyed them during the 80s thru the mid 90s and even saw them in concert at Manhattan, Kansas for their ADRENALIZE tour.

I agree with Byron that as I have gotten older the tracks from HYSTERIA don't resonate with me as much as some of their other stuff. I still prefer a lot of their stuff off the HIGH N DRY and PYROMANIA albums. 
Back to Top profile | search
 
Doug Centers
Byrne Robotics Member


Joined: 17 February 2014
Location: United States
Posts: 2568
Posted: 07 August 2017 at 8:51pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Pyromania for me.
I still remember the first time I heard Rock of Ages. I was on the beach in KY, just graduated high school and those 4 German sounding words came over the radio. Wow they had me!

I agree with you Brian, Pour Some Sugar On Me has become completely saturated .
Back to Top profile | search
 
Brian Floyd
Byrne Robotics Member


Joined: 07 July 2006
Location: United States
Posts: 5490
Posted: 07 August 2017 at 11:14pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Doug, I even prefer Tom Cruise's cover of Pour Some Sugar On Me, from the Rock Of Ages movie (We own the movie on DVD and the soundtrack), over the original version. The only song I hate hearing more is Pearl Jam's song Jeremy. (But I hated that one to begin with. PSSOM has just been oversaturated to death.)

I own every album from ON THROUGH THE NIGHT through ADRENALIZE, but do own a few singles after it. 

My favorite album is actually PYROMANIA, but my favorite songs off HYSTERIA are Women, Love Bites, and Love And Affection. 

I remember when I first heard of Def Leppard: I was sitting in front of the tv watching MTV (back when the name actually made sense!), and the video for Photograph came on. I was hooked immediately. :)


Back to Top profile | search e-mail
 
Shawn Kane
Byrne Robotics Member


Joined: 04 November 2010
Location: United States
Posts: 2299
Posted: 08 August 2017 at 6:34am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

When I was younger, I would always check the album charts that were printed in the newspaper. I remember it was so cool to see Hysteria and Appetite for Destruction on the top of the chart with the pop acts at the time. Nowadays, that's considered "selling out" (may have been back then too, I just didn't feel that way). I always wondered why Def Leppard and Bon Jovi pulled away from the hard rock scene that supported them early in their careers.
Back to Top profile | search
 
Bill Collins
Byrne Robotics Member


Joined: 26 May 2005
Location: England
Posts: 8959
Posted: 08 August 2017 at 8:36am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

I remember being into Def Leppard when i was at school
in the late 70`s,then they released `Hello America`
and got a bad crowd reaction at the Reading Festival
for selling out! Loved High and Dry,Pyromania and
Hysteria and think that since,they`ve struggled to
better that period.I remember Rick`s car crash and
subsequent recovery,culminating in his return
performance at Donington Monsters of Rock in 86,i was
there and the crowd reaction was phenomenal and
emotional.I love Bringin` On The Heartbreak/Switch
625,Die Hard The Hunter,Billy`s Got A Gun,Gods Of
War...as well as the obvious tracks! In 1983 i DID
wear a Union Jack Def Leppard t-shirt!
Back to Top profile | search e-mail
 
Doug Centers
Byrne Robotics Member


Joined: 17 February 2014
Location: United States
Posts: 2568
Posted: 08 August 2017 at 4:35pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

" I even prefer Tom Cruise's cover of Pour Some Sugar On Me, from the Rock Of Ages movie (We own the movie on DVD and the soundtrack), over the original version"

...

Brian, I own Rock of Ages too but didn't remember how it sounded until I listened to it just now on the web.
Your right ,I prefer that version, as of right now anyway.
Back to Top profile | search
 
John Popa
Byrne Robotics Member


Joined: 20 March 2008
Posts: 2788
Posted: 08 August 2017 at 8:18pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

I was huge into "High N Dry" and "Pyromania" when they came out - I was young but being the youngest kid, I was exposed to my older siblings' music.  

I will admit to not liking "Hysteria" when it originally came out.  I thought it was too slick and too pop.  And I loahted "Pour Some Sugar On Me" (and "Rocket" even more.)  As time's gone on, I like it better, especially songs like "Animal," "Women" and "Dogs of War" but I still think "High N Dry" is their best record.  

"Stagefright" is my favorite Leppard tune, though, followed by "Mirror Mirror."


Edited by John Popa on 09 August 2017 at 7:52pm
Back to Top profile | search
 
Shaun Barry
Byrne Robotics Member


Joined: 08 December 2008
Location: United States
Posts: 5336
Posted: 08 August 2017 at 9:07pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply


My own opinion:  PYROMANIA is the only Def Leppard anyone needs in their collection!



Back to Top profile | search
 
Bill Collins
Byrne Robotics Member


Joined: 26 May 2005
Location: England
Posts: 8959
Posted: 08 August 2017 at 9:35pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Another thing i remember from a UK perspective,Leppard
were huge in America selling out stadia with
Pyromania,but were only playing theater`s here,it was
only with the Animal single and subsequent Hysteria
album that the hits started here!
Back to Top profile | search e-mail
 
Brian Floyd
Byrne Robotics Member


Joined: 07 July 2006
Location: United States
Posts: 5490
Posted: 10 August 2017 at 10:46am | IP Logged | 13 post reply

Funny thing about Rick Allen: Even with one arm, he's still better than most drummers out there.

He's my second favorite drummer after Neil Peart from Rush.


Back to Top profile | search e-mail
 
Bill Collins
Byrne Robotics Member


Joined: 26 May 2005
Location: England
Posts: 8959
Posted: 10 August 2017 at 2:23pm | IP Logged | 14 post reply

Brian,I agree except he's third to Mike Portnoy's second!
Back to Top profile | search e-mail
 
Allan Summerall
Byrne Robotics Member


Joined: 27 June 2012
Location: United States
Posts: 339
Posted: 14 August 2017 at 11:43am | IP Logged | 15 post reply

Love Def Leppard. "Hysteria" was their first album I bought after catching the "Hysteria" video. I then bought their previous albums and except for "Sparkle Lounge", I've gotten every album since. "Slang" was ahead of it's time I think. I didn't care for it at first but a few years later it fit right in with the then current mainstream/alternative sound. They went for their "safe" sound with "Euphoria" and then "X" even softer, but there were some nice tunes off of each of them. Their latest, "Def Leppard", has some familiar sounds and a nice "Another One Bites the Dust" riff. Saw them once at a local fair after "Slang" came out.
Back to Top profile | search e-mail
 
John Popa
Byrne Robotics Member


Joined: 20 March 2008
Posts: 2788
Posted: 18 September 2017 at 10:53am | IP Logged | 16 post reply

While doing some work around the house I played a Leppard concert from 1983 in the background.  Man, they were good.  Tempos were solid, muscianship was spot on, Joe sounded amazing, they jammed a bit and the background vocals were real (and listen to a lot of concerts from the 80's and you'll find tracked background vocals were pretty common back then.)  Even better, the Pyromania set was pretty much a best of the first 3 records, most of that older stuff was vanquished for the Hysteria tour (although 'Let It Go' pops up these days a lot.)  
Back to Top profile | search
 
Bill Collins
Byrne Robotics Member


Joined: 26 May 2005
Location: England
Posts: 8959
Posted: 18 September 2017 at 11:02am | IP Logged | 17 post reply

I saw them on the Pyromania tour John,they were doing well in the U.S. not so much here in the U.K. as you say,they were brilliant.
Back to Top profile | search e-mail
 
John Popa
Byrne Robotics Member


Joined: 20 March 2008
Posts: 2788
Posted: 18 September 2017 at 5:49pm | IP Logged | 18 post reply

Def Leppard in '83 was the first concert I wasn't allowed to go to!  Granted, I was 10...
Back to Top profile | search
 
Bill Collins
Byrne Robotics Member


Joined: 26 May 2005
Location: England
Posts: 8959
Posted: 18 September 2017 at 9:55pm | IP Logged | 19 post reply

I was 20! My first `proper` concert was Rainbow in Jan
1980,supported by Samson,with a guy called `Bruce Bruce`
on vocals,soon to go by his real name Bruce Dickinson
and join Iron Maiden!
Back to Top profile | search e-mail
 
Matthew Chartrand
Byrne Robotics Member


Joined: 17 June 2007
Location: United States
Posts: 1106
Posted: 24 September 2017 at 2:54pm | IP Logged | 20 post reply



 I just saw Def Leppard last year in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They still sound great.
Back to Top profile | search
 

If you wish to post a reply to this topic you must first login
If you are not already registered you must first register

  Post Reply | Post New Topic |

Forum Jump

 Active Topics | Member List | Search | Help | Register | Login

You are currently viewing the MOBILE version of the site.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL SITE