Ahead of the 35th anniversary of their 12x Platinum album HysteriaJoe Elliott and Phil Collen of Def Leppard joined Apple Music Hits to share some of their favorite songs, stories and influences from their career.
During the interview, the legendary rockers told Apple Music why “Hysteria” is the song that best represents the band and discussed the parallels between Def Leppard, U2, INXS, and Billy Idol. Phil Collen also shared how Frankie goes to Hollywood “Relax” inspired their single “Animal”. You can listen to the full interview herebut if you scroll down you can also check out some tasters from the cat.
Def Leppard’s Phil Collen on the album’s title track “Hysteria” and why he represents the band…
“Hysteria” was just Rick Savage coming up with that guitar riff, and I literally sang the first thing that came to mind, and I think it was “Out of touch.” And I had this other section, which said, “I got to know tonight.” And I thought, “Oh, that would be a great choir.”
“But Mutt Lang, in typical Mutt Lang fashion, said, ‘Yeah, that would be a great pre-chorus, now we need a stronger section for the chorus.’ This is where Joe, Steve and Mutt came in. So they came up with this beautiful chorus, and then all of a sudden we put it all back together and it started grooving. And a lot of people loved that particular song. So “Hysteria” is still one of my favorite songs on the album. He represents us. It’s a song that we always do at the sound check. We all get to sing. There’s a lot of guitars and everything. And feels really comfortable for us. So here is Def Leppard and “Hysteria”.
Phil Collen on how Frankie Goes To Hollywood “Relax” inspired their song “Animal”…
“Relax” by Frankie Goes To Hollywood. One of my favorite songs of the time. When I first heard that, actually, when our whole band first heard that, it just blew our minds. Like the production, just all about it. Their vibe, they were unapologetically pioneering. Still, they were so brilliant contagious dance, music, pop music. Trevor Horn was the producer.
And when we first heard “Relax” with Mutt, we were like, we have to use some of it on our new songs. And this song “Relax”, actually influenced the song “Animal”. We started it and it took a period of two years to get this good song. But towards the end, this song came out and we were like, well, we kind of have to introduce some of these elements. So that had a total influence on us. And I actually played this album recently, Welcome to the Pleasuredome, just blew me away. It sounds as good, if not better, than it ever did.
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