Summertime Spin- Def Leppard: Pyromania (1983)

How about a back to back Summertime Spin feature on Def Leppard!

Last week it was my flashback to the summer of 1987 with Hysteria. This week it’s even further back to the summer of 1983!

Pyromania was released in January 83 and my buddy Muk pretty much bought it the day it came out and one of the first things he did for me was tape me a copy of Pyromania on cassette. 

Muk was awesome that way as if he got something I didn’t have he would tape it for me so I always listening to what he was listening to which in back in those days was some excellent music and Pyromania was one of them. ^

I have always loved this cover it basically sets the bar for what you are about to hear which is some Loud Arson like Rock!

Like Hysteria from last week, I really don’t need to review Pyromania as it been reviewed a zillion times but I would just like to tell you what made Pyromania a go-to album back in the summer of 83.

While Ace Frehley back in the summer of 83 was drinking and driving and slipping and sliding in a Delorean automobile I was riding around on my 10-speed bike doing my own slipping and sliding with my trusty Sony Walkman and being a good Rock Soldier! ^^

At that point, as summer came, I still had the cassette of Pyromania that Muk had taped for me.

As it was growing up in Thunder Bay back then my Father would take two weeks of holidays and we would load up our car and tent trailer and head usually out to Western Canada (Winnipeg) or sometimes into the United States (Minnesota).

This trip I remember it was to Minneapolis and we set up shop just outside of Minny at a K.O.A campground.

With any trip, there would always be a day or two where we would hit the city whether it was to a Zoo or a Mall or even a Movie Theater at times to see a movie to get some air conditioning as Minneapolis could get pretty muggy in the summer.

With a trip planned to the mall, it was a no brainer for me to hit whatever record stores were there.  It was either Music Stores or Book Stores for Rock Mags!

One of my purchases was to buy my own copy of Pyromania but of course, it was too on cassette tape. The main reason I bought it on tape was there was really no packaging whatsoever. It was front cover and back cover, Nothing on the inside sleeve.

That is one reason why I always bought Iron Maiden on vinyl back in the 80s as they did packaging (lyrics, pics) the whole nine yards and of course EDDIE!

Another reason was when we were having a campfire at the KOA on the local radio Rock of Ages was played which blew my little mind as local crap radio in Thunder Bay never touched rock!

I was sold. I needed to own it!

Pyromania even though I had already been listening to it for 6 months was still a great listen even still is to this day it’s a great listen. No skipping tracks…

Leppard went all out on the Pyro record.

Opener Rock Rock Til You Drop has the band firing on all cylinders where Joe Elliot sounds like Brian Johnson of AC/DC.

10 Songs! All classics. Sure there are the hits (Photograph, Rock of Ages, Foolin and Too Late For Love) but there are some downright stellar classics that weren’t singles (Billy’s Got A Gun, Die Hard The Hunter and one of the best tracks by Leppard Comin Under Fire!)

All in all, Pyromania is simply put Brilliant. In other words, at certain times it may just be my favorite Leppard album depending on the day of the week.

Once CDs took over my world in the late 80s Pyromania was a for sure purchase on a disc. 

Like last week’s post on getting Hysteria in the VOL 1 Boxset on record, I finally got Pyromania on VINYL!

Pyro Rock N Roll!

^-Muk was I’m sure the first person in Tbay to own a Def Lep tour shirt back in 81 from the  High N Dry Tour. Muk’s older sister’s boyfriend was attending College in Boston and seen Leppard open for Blackfoot. It’s safe to say we wanted to hurt Muk when we saw him stroll into our High School sporting that 3/4 length Tour T! lol

^^-Once I typed the Summer of 83 lines it triggered me to the  Frehley’s Comet song Rock Soldier! I can’t help it!



45 thoughts on “Summertime Spin- Def Leppard: Pyromania (1983)”

  1. I always rated Hysteria as better than Pyromania, but in the last 10 years I realized I was wrong. Pyromania is the Def Lep album, the perfect bridge between NWOBHM, Brit Glam, Brit Blues Rock and the Sunset Strip.
    Great album.

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  2. I don’t think there is anything to add to this. Pyromania was the album that solidified my long lasting fandomship (is that a word?). I still think High & Dry is the best, but this could be as well depending on my mood at the time. Great stuff.

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    1. I flip between High N Dry and Pyro as well John.
      They really had the killer instinct in them at that time. They just went for it and it paid off. Course they did the groundwork before by hitting the U.S.
      Pyro was the first time they came to Canada as they never palyed here until than.

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      1. That what have been a great show. Who opened Tesla or Europe!
        I totally missed that tour when it hit Winnipeg. Bumped into a girl shortly after that show and she was wearing a Hysteria tour shirt. I asked her where did you seen them?
        She replied a week ago in Winnipeg?
        I was like (insert cuss word here)!
        I used to rely on word of mouth for shows or the concert listings in Circus Magazine.
        I made sure I didn’t miss the next tour (Adrenalize) as I went twice! lol

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      2. When Tesla opened for the Crue back in 90 was aweosme as well. Course I had the tow albums by Tesla at that point but when they hit the stage and opened with Cover Queen I thought that was the coolest move they could have ever made.
        Got our attention right away!

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      3. The only other band that was so impactful as an opener was GNR when they opened for Crue, but it was a negative impact since Axl jumped off stage and got arrested about three songs in to the set. I was so pissed, I stopped giving them my money. That has changed since.

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  3. I bought this on cassette the day it came out too.
    I would have been biking around with my 10 speed (with the handlebars flipped up) and camping with my family that summer.
    We were lucky here since we got the signal from Q107 in Toronto. They were a real rock station then and played Def Lep in regular rotation.
    This is my favourite album of theirs.

    I’ve seen 2 Near Mint copies on vinyl at 2 different places in the last month and both were only $10. That tells me that a metric ton were sold and there are a lot out there. Good news for anyone looking for great, cheap vinyl.

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      1. Yeah here in town as well!
        Q107 was the station back In the 80s first time to Toronto in 81 it was like an epiphany as I heard ACDC on the radio for the first time on Q107 back than and than u come to Tbay back than and it’s one
        Am station and Captain and Tennille was as dicey as it got here lol


    1. Thanks for dropping in Bop
      10 bucks for this record is awesome if u can find it. Never seen any here in town but my daughters fixed that problem for me!
      Handlebars flopped up lol
      I was never that cool

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      1. Sure do man! This year between Sue and my 3 daughters on vinyl I got Rush Power Windows/ Kiss Revenge /Priest Live/Scorpions Crazy World/ Vandenberg 2020/$25 iTunes card and the Popoff book Empire of the Clouds which is Martins 3rd and final Maiden book in his Trilogy!

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  4. Ya, I remember picking that up the day it came out and making you a copy right away. I was blown away when I looked and saw that Pete Willis wasn’t in the band anymore. I’m sure that’s how I found out (pre internet obviously). Regardless, such a great record. They kinda lost me after pyromania, and after becoming the biggest band in the world at the time.. They became a very slick sounding band, I missed the rawness of the first three records (although Pyro was most certainly highly produced). Still love the record, got to see them in Winnipeg last year and the sounded great. Even pulled out Switch625 which blew me away. Man, I wish I woulda hung into that high n’ dry tour shirt, it would be worth a fortune now !

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    1. Yeah thats right Muk about WIllis but he still shaped a lot of the the tunes on that album. That’s probbaly why he went off the grid is I hope he kept his publsihing from those first 3 albums.
      That tour looked good from last year Muk. Seen some Youtube stuff.
      Last time I seen them was 1992 twice actually (Winnipeg and Duluth)and that was a great in the round show.
      The only thing is they only played Bringing and Switch 625 and ignored those first two records. Same when I seen Jovi back in 89. Ignored the first two albums live


  5. High and Dry is the one that introduced me to them. That one didn’t get much airplay here BUT…this one…you couldn’t run away from this one….it was everywhere.

    We had a station here called WKDF and back in the old days they would play Beatles, Def Leppard, Stones, Led Zeppelin, New Song, Old Song…you can’t find that much any more. You got a balance back then of new and old…now it’s all 80s, or 70s, or whatever.
    Great post Deke

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  6. I still blast the sh*t out of “Rock of Ages” like there’s no tomorrow, but I do love “Die Hard the Hunter,” especially when they played it on ‘In the Round, In Your Face.” But they also played it on their last Vegas residency, which was nice!


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