Sunday, February 8, 2009

Def Leppard - Hysteria singles

"Mutt" Lange, who was unfortunately the driving force behind Def Leppard, wanted to make Hysteria a hard rock version of Michael Jackson's Thriller. While the album is pure formula, its ability to connect with the superficial pop audience of the 80s was almost unparalleled...except by Thriller itself. The band even bludgeoned the listening public with the same number of singles (seven). As unfortunate as it was that an album based more on market research than rock n roll shot up the charts like it did, at least they had an interesting concept for the artwork: the singles would fit together to reproduce the Hysteria album cover. The problem was that there is no way to make a square out of seven smaller squares (I guess they didn't do very well in Geometry) and therefore the seven singles don't fully deliver on the promise of their concept. Of course, Hysteria didn't fully deliver on the promise of Pyromania either, so I guess it was quite fitting after all.


Blogger rock_of_ages said...

If I recall correctly the missing "squares" were given away with a special edition 12" of one of the later singles... in the UK anyway where we only had 6 singles released by the way (Women being US only).

February 9, 2009 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

Oh and it is such a magnificent cover that it needed to be re-produced in an enlarged version.

February 9, 2009 at 3:23 PM  

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