Pyromania & Adrenalize reissues

Thatcherism, yuppies, mobile phones big enough to warrant a tow-bar on the back of your Jaguar, arriving home to the off-green neon glow of your Commodore, and Casio-standard synthesizer music on almost constant rotation on Radio One; welcome to 1983. Startling, then, that amongst all of this one of the best releases of the year would come from five poodle-haired, twenty-somethings from Sheffield.

At the time, few could have predicted the impact that Pyromania would have, not just in the future of Def Leppard but on the entire musical landscape of the time. Coming on the back of the competent but somewhat contrived shoals of On Through The Night and High 'n' Dry, Pyromania deserved to cement the mighty Leppard as a household name UK, just as it did in the US. It was an indefectible amalgam of fist pumping, caterwauling vocals, guitars fuzzed to within an inch of their lives and a truly gluttonous amount of power chords Рit seemed as if Angus Young might enter the studio to reclaim them at any moment. As clich̩ as it may be to point it out, Pyromania really is the sound of a band at the peak of their powers. As the rock world drooled and limped its way into the mid-80s, it reeked of over-reliance on studio gimmicks Рan era's worth of over-produced dirge followed, compressed and polished to death. Pyromania didn't so much buck as extirpate this trend.

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