Def Leppard's Surprising "Pour Some Sugar On Me"

By Kellar Ellsworth
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“Pour Some Sugar On Me” from Def Leppard’s 1987 album, Hysteria, struck like lucky lightning both creatively and commercially. Ironically, for the band, Hysteria amounted to a bag of black cats, carried by crows on Friday the 13th. The album’s conception began in 1984 but the infamous loss of their drummer's arm, along with a fired producer turned the project into a three-year odyssey. As frontman Joe Elliott said, “You really would start to think that we were cursed.”

However, all that karma flipped when Elliot toyed with the song’s hook after the album’s completion, just as a laugh. A seemingly innocuous decision by an American record company turned the album from a middle-of-the-road hit into a literal women-taking-their-clothes-off phenomenon. Here’s the unlikely story of Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me.”