Matt Knight

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Every weekday, I’m going to drop a song that I like to call the 4:20 HIT of the Day. What does this mean? Simply, it’s a song that I think will give you some good vibes, ‘spark up’ nostalgia or just remind you about a tune that you might love but just haven’t heard in a while.

Today’s HIT celebrates the 35th anniversary of the album it comes from, ‘Hysteria.’ On August 3rd 1987, Def Leppard released their 4th studio album which spawned seven hit singles including the title track “Hysteria.” 

‘Hysteria’s’ creation took over three years and was plagued by delays, including the aftermath of drummer Rick Allen’s accident that cost him his left arm. On VH1 Storytellers: Def Leppard, lead singer Joe Elliott revealed that the song title came from drummer Rick Allen. The song features a clean guitar melody and heavily multi-tracked vocals in its chorus. The “extreme” nature of producer Mutt Lange’s recording methods is also exampled in the pre-chorus, where the clean guitar chords were recorded one note at a time as opposed to the traditional method of strumming them, in effect “building” a chord by recording the notes that make them up.

“Hysteria” peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100.