How Def Leppard left Loserville

Critic's Choice: Pop Music

March 10, 2002|By Megan Hall

In the mid-'80s, Def Leppard was a mess.

As the rock band went into the studio to produce Pyromania, it was struggling along with more baggage than music: a drinking problem, a drummer who'd lost an arm in an auto wreck and precious little time to right the ship.

Sooner than you can say Mutt Lange or "Rock of Ages," Def Leppard had created an album that changed everything for a band with nothing but a goofy name and two straight flop albums to show for its toil. How in the world did it happen?

Tonight at 9, VH1's premiere of Ultimate Albums explains how luck, sweat and a good kick in the pants shook up the band and the music world.

OK, so Pyromania isn't Sgt. Pepper's. You'll see tonight that it meant just as much to the boys from Sheffield, England.

Future shows will look at Green Day's Dookie, Bob Marley's Legend and Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet.

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