Pour Some Sugar on Me
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|"Pour Some Sugar on Me"|
|Single by Def Leppard|
|from the album Hysteria|
|Released||8 September 1987 (UK) |
6 May 1988 (US), 1989, 2000
4 June 2012 (Re-recorded version)
|Recorded||December 1986 – January 1987 (Original) |
2012 (Re-recorded version)
|Length||4:27 (album version) |
4:24 (single version)
4:52 (Hysteria video edit version)
4:21 (2012 re-recorded version)
5:35 (extended version)
|Producer(s)||Robert John "Mutt" Lange|
|Def Leppard singles chronology|
"Pour Some Sugar on Me"
"Pour Some Sugar on Me" is a song by the English rock band Def Leppard from their 1987 album Hysteria. It reached number 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 on 23 July 1988, behind "Hold On to the Nights" by Richard Marx. "Pour Some Sugar on Me" was ranked #2 on VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of the 80s" in 2006.
Near the end of recording the album Hysteria, during a production break, lead singer Joe Elliott was jamming with a riff he had come up with two weeks earlier on an acoustic guitar. Producer Mutt Lange, expressing great liking of it, suggested that it be developed into another song.
Although already behind schedule, Lange felt that the album was still missing a strong crossover hit and that this last song had the potential to be one. Within two weeks the song was completed, smoothed out, and included as the twelfth track on Hysteria.
The song's lyrics were written after Elliott and Lange went to opposite ends of the studio control room and delivered stream-of-consciousness words into a pair of dictaphones while the song's backing track played. They then swapped dictaphones and tried to determine what each other’s words were. In the Hysteria episode of the Classic Albums documentary series, Elliott said he thought he heard the phrase "love is like a bomb" on Lange's tape "and that set the whole tone for the lyric."
By the spring of 1988, Hysteria had sold 3 million copies, not enough to cover the album's $5 million production costs. Thus, the band edited footage from an upcoming concert film to make a new promo clip for "Pour Some Sugar on Me" and finally released it as the fourth single in North America.
The somewhat delayed success of "Pour Some Sugar on Me" (due to the new promo release) helped send Hysteria to number 1 on the Top Pop Albums chart (now the Billboard 200) a year after release, selling four million copies during the single's run. The song reached number 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 (denied the top spot by "Hold On to the Nights" by Richard Marx), number 18 in the UK Singles Chart and number 26 on the ARIA charts (Australia).
In 2012 due to royalty conflicts with their record company regarding profits from online sales, the band re-recorded the song, along with "Rock of Ages", under the title "Pour Some Sugar on Me 2012" and released both digitally in June 2012 (similarly, a re-recorded version of the single "Hysteria" entitled "Hysteria (2013 Re-Recorded Version)" was also released online the following year).
Two different music videos for the song were produced. The first version shows the band playing inside a derelict Irish stately home (Mount Merrion House at Stillorgan, Dublin) while it is being demolished by a wrecking ball and a burly, sledgehammer-wielding, female construction worker. Generally disliked by the band members, and filmed before the song became a hit in the United States, a second video simply of the band playing the song live was released for American MTV. The American video was edited from the band's full-length 1989 video release, Live: In the Round, in Your Face, recorded at McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, CO, in February 1988. The music video for the song had an extended, distortion-laden intro in lieu of the album version’s "Step inside, walk this way" intro. Most compilations use the extended music video-style intro.
There are two intros to the song. The studio version which has "Step inside, walk this way, you and me babe, hey hey!" and then cuts right to the guitar; and the single version which has "love is like a bomb" which has a slightly longer progression to it.
7": Bludgeon Riffola / Mercury / 870 298-7 (USA)
- "Pour Some Sugar on Me"
- "Ring of Fire"
US Vinyl, 12"
- "Pour Some Sugar on Me" [Extended Version]
- "Pour Some Sugar on Me" [Album Version]
- "I Wanna Be Your Hero"
CD single: Bludgeon Riffola / Mercury / 8724872 (Germany)
- "Pour Some Sugar on Me" [Extended Version]
- "Release Me"
- "Rock of Ages" [Live Medley]
- Joe Elliott – lead vocals
- Steve Clark – lead guitars, backing vocals
- Phil Collen – rhythm and lead guitars, backing vocals
- Rick Savage – bass, backing vocals
- Rick Allen – drums, backing vocals
|Canada 30 Retail Singles (RPM)||16|
|Canada 100 Singles (RPM)||22|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||94|
|Germany (Official German Charts)||50|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||16|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||18|
|US Billboard Hot 100||2|
|US Album Rock Tracks (Billboard)||25|
|US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)||10|
|US Billboard Hot 100||19|
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