Yep, that is Joe Elliott again, the lead singer of Def Leppard, here to accompany my compilation of all the information you ever wanted to know about the song “Pour Some Sugar On Me” but were afraid to ask because you are embarrassed to admit publicly that you ever liked this particular song.
Pride, schmide! I boldly wore my Def Leppard t-shirt until it fell off of my body, and I ‘fess up to my high school crush on Joe Elliott and the multitude of Def Leppard posters that wall-papered my bedroom for years.
When the band was wrapping up the 1987 album Hysteria, producer Mutt Lange pondered the fact that the album lacked a song that would appeal to the hard rock fans who bought Pyromania. According to Wikipedia, the song “came to him” during a 5-minute coffee break. I’ve never been inspired to musical greatness whilst sipping my morning tea, but I suppose I just wasn’t applying myself.
“Pour Some Sugar On Me” reached the Top 20 in the U.K., but by the spring of 1988, the album had not sold enough copies to cover production costs. What was a long-haired pack of British boys to do? Fret not! The band edited concert footage into a promo clip for “Pour Some Sugar On Me” and released it in the U.S.
The song sent Hysteria sales skyrocketing and the album reached #1, and the video for “Pour Some Sugar On Me” hung out at #1 on the video request show Dial MTV for 68 days. MTV ranked this song #1 in the Top 100 Videos of All Time in 1991, and VH1 ranked the song as #2 in its “100 Greatest Songs of the 80’s” in 2006.
Oh, and Joe Elliott’s birthday is August 1st, in case you were curious. He met his wife Kristine while she was working in wardrobe for Def Leppard. Does that mean she is responsible for shredding his jeans and cutting the sleeves off of his t-shirts?
You know you want to watch the video now:
Once you have finished paying homage to the music video, get ye over to eBay and make your bid on this Pour Some Sugar On Me t-shirt:
If I haven’t won it already, that is.