Vinyl Selection: ‘Hysteria’ by Def Leppard

Vinyl Selection: ‘Hysteria’ by Def Leppard

Def Leppard had hit their stride with the 1983 breakthrough album, Pyromania.  Using that momentum, the band got to work on a follow-up.  However, the final product would not come easy or quick.

Producer Mutt Lange, who had a heavy hand in the success of Pyromania, left the project for his own personal reasons and replaced by the well-known songwriter Jim Steinman.  After several months, it was evident that Steinman wasn’t a match for the band’s direction and the two parted.  Bad would turn to worse on NYE 1984 when drummer Rick Allen lost an arm in a car accident.

In the end, Lange would rejoin Def Leppard and course correct the derailed project.  Hysteria released in 1987 and quickly shot the group to super stardom.

Join Ricky Aaron as he covers all that and more for Vinyl Selection!