Song of the Day #3,941: ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ – Def Leppard

Our next 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee is the British hard rock band Def Leppard, who have been eligible for inclusion since 2005. This is the first time they have been up for nomination, which is frankly shocking.

Def Leppard is one of only a handful of bands with more than one Diamond album (more than 10 million copies sold). Their company include the Eagles, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Van Halen, all of whom have been in the Hall for decades. They have sold 36 million albums overall, and every rock band in that ballpark is already in.

In terms of industry impact, the band was a pioneer of the amusingly named ‘new wave of British heavy metal,’ becoming the first act in that movement to cross over to international success.

They should also get some credit for taking the loss of drummer Rick Allen’s left arm in a car crash in stride, designing a drum kit that allowed him to literally not miss a beat.

Def Leppard’s best-known albums are 1983’s Pyromania and 1987’s Hysteria, the aforementioned Diamond records. Those two albums feature a treasure trove of fist-pumping, screech-along hits, including ‘Photograph,’ ‘Foolin’,’ ‘Rock of Ages,’ ‘Hysteria,’ ‘Love Bites’ and ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me.’

These songs send me back to my early teens. My fondness for 80s music has grown so much as I’ve gotten older — they’re bathed in a warm glow of nostalgia.

But they’re also just damn good songs.

[Intro]
Step inside
Walk this way
You and me babe
Hey hey!

[Verse 1]
Love is like a bomb, baby, c’mon get it on
Livin’ like a lover with a radar phone
Lookin’ like a tramp, like a video vamp
Demolition woman, can I be your man?
Razzle ‘n’ a dazzle ‘n’ a flash a little light
Television lover, baby, go all night
Sometime, anytime, sugar me sweet
Little miss ah innocent sugar beat, yeah

[Pre Chorus]
So c’mon, take a bottle, shake it up
Break the bubble, break it up

[Chorus]
Pour some sugar on me
Ooh, in the name of love
Pour some sugar on me
C’mon, fire me up
Pour your sugar on me
I can’t get enough

[Post Chorus]
I’m hot, sticky sweet
From my head to my feet, yeah

[Verse 2]
Listen! red light, yellow light, green-a-light go!
Crazy little woman in a one man show
Mirror queen, mannequine, rhythm of love
Sweet dream, saccharine, loosen up
Lucid love

You gotta squeeze a little, squeeze a little
Tease a little more
Easy operator come a knockin’ on my door
Sometime, anytime, sugar me sweet
Little miss innocent sugar me, yeah, yeah
Give a little more

[Pre Chorus]
Take a bottle, shake it up
Break the bubble, break it up

[Chorus]
Pour some sugar on me
Ooh, in the name of love
Pour some sugar on me
C’mon, fire me up
Pour your sugar on me
I can’t get enough

[Post Chorus]
I’m hot, sticky sweet
From my head to my feet, yeah

[Bridge]
You got the peaches, I got the cream
Sweet to taste, saccharine
Cause I’m hot, say what, sticky sweet
From my head, my head, to my feet

Do you take sugar? one lump or two?

[Pre Chorus]
Take a bottle, shake it up
Break the bubble, break it up

[Chorus]
Pour some sugar on me
Ooh, in the name of love
Pour some sugar on me
C’mon fire me up
Pour your sugar on me
Oh, I can’t get enough

[Outro]
Pour some sugar on me
Oh, in the name of love
Pour some sugar on me
Get it, come get it
Pour your sugar on me
Pour some sugar on me
Yeah! Sugar me!

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,941: ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ – Def Leppard

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I was never a big fan of Def Leppard, but it was hard to not get drawn into their bigger hits, and I can’t argue that their inclusion into the Rock Hall isn’t deserved.

  2. Peg says:

    I think they belong in the Hall just on the basis of what they did for their drummer!

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