Def Leppard Nearly Left ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ Off ‘Hysteria’

It’s the most iconic song of Def Leppard’s career – and it was almost left off the album.


In a recent interview for Apple Music, Joe Elliott and Phil Collen said “Pour Some Sugar on Me” was a last-minute addition to their landmark 1987 album Hysteria.


Collen says Elliott was “just goofing off” while strumming an acoustic guitar, and producer Mutt Lange told him “We need to record this song. This is going to be the most important song on the record”.


Turns out Mutt was right – “Pour Some Sugar On Me” became the band’s biggest hit and Hysteria would go on to sell over 20 million copies.


Hysteria, by the way, just turned 45 – it was released August 3rd, 1987.