Def Leppard are an English hard rock/heavy metal band from Sheffield, who formed in 1977 as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. Largely on the strength of their albums Pyromania and Hysteria, Def Leppard became one of the top-selling rock bands throughout the 1980s, selling over 65 million albums worldwide, including over 35 million in the United States alone. Def Leppard are ranked #31 on VH1's "Greatest Artists of Hard Rock".
Def Leppard's music is a mixture of hard rock, album-oriented rock (AOR), and heavy metal elements, with its multi-layered, harmonic vocals and its melodic guitar riffs. However, even though they were often considered the leaders of the NWOBHM movement of the late '70s, in the mid-1980's they had associated more with the pop metal movement, in large part due to their mainstream success and production. Despite all of this, Def Leppard have expressed dislike of the "pop metal" label.
By the release of the Hysteria album, the band had developed a distinctive sound featuring heavy drums and effects-laden guitar sounds overlaid with a multi-layered wall of husky, harmonised vocals. Def Leppard is one of only five rock bands with two original albums selling over 10 million copies each in the US. The others are The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Van Halen.
Pyromania is the third studio album by British hard rock band Def Leppard, released in 1983. It broke the band across North America and in Japan, and would sell over 10 million copies worldwide. It featured new guitarist Phil Collen and was produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange.
The album is credited for paving the way for a new generation of hard rock bands in the 80's, and set the standard for albums of the genre through its combination of multi-layered vocal harmonies and heavy guitar riffs.
Three songs from Pyromania, "Photograph", "Rock of Ages", and "Foolin'", became Top 40 singles in the US, benefiting from their popularity on the 24-hour music channel MTV.
One of the guest musicians on the album was John Kongos, best known for his lone hit song "He's Gonna Step on You Again". Def Leppard later covered this song on the 2006 covers album Yeah!
Another guest musician is Thomas Dolby, best known for the eighties pop standard "She Blinded Me with Science". For contractual reasons, Dolby was credited on the album sleeve under the pseudonym Booker T. Boffin.
In 2004 it was ranked 384 on the Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
"Rock Rock (Till You Drop)"
"Too Late for Love"
"Die Hard the Hunter
"Rock of Ages"
"Comin' Under Fire"
"Action! Not Words"
"Billy's Got a Gun