Women (Def Leppard song)

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"Women"
Def Leppard women single.jpg
Single by Def Leppard
from the album Hysteria
B-side "Tear It Down"
Released August 11, 1987 (1987-08-11)
Format
Recorded 1984–1986
Genre
Length
  • 5:41 (album version)
  • 4:57 (single edit)
Label Mercury
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Robert John "Mutt" Lange
Def Leppard singles chronology
"Bringin' On the Heartbreak (remix)"
(1984)
"Women"
(1987)
"Animal"
(1987)

"Women" is a song released by English hard rock band Def Leppard in 1987 from the album Hysteria. It was the first single of the album released in the United States.[1] The song was also released as a single in Canada, Australia, Japan, and was part of a double-A side single with "Animal" in Germany. In most other parts of the world, "Animal" was the first single released from the album.

The single's B-side, "Tear It Down", was written during a recording session following the completion of the Hysteria album, where the band laid down several tracks intended as B-sides for the Hysteria singles. Subsequently, the song itself received radio airplay and was later performed by the band live at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards.

The band later re-recorded "Tear It Down" for the Adrenalize album.

The music video for "Women" focuses on a boy who reads a comic book outside an abandoned warehouse while the band performs inside. The comic book, titled "Def Leppard and the Women of Doom!", features a skateboarding protagonist named Def Leppard, who travels to a distant planet and battles evil aliens to liberate female robots.

"Women" is the only one of the seven Hysteria singles not to appear on the Vault compilation. However, it is included in disc 2 of Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection.

Track listing[edit]

US Mercury Records 888 757-7 DJ 7" single
Side A
No.TitleLength
1."Women" (LP Version)5:43
Side B
No.TitleLength
1."Women" (Edit Version)4:57
US Mercury Records 888 757-7 7" single
Side A
No.TitleLength
1."Women" (LP Version)5:43
Side B
No.TitleLength
1."Tear It Down"3:38
US CD single
No.TitleLength
1."Women" (Album Version)5:41
2."Tear It Down"3:37
3."Women" (Edit)4:57
Canada 7" single
Side A
No.TitleLength
1."Women" (Edit Version)4:57
Side B
No.TitleLength
1."Tear It Down"3:38

Personnel[edit]

Def Leppard[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Philip "Art School" Nicholas – keyboards

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1987–88) Peak
Position
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 80
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[3] 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitaker, Sterling (3 August 2012). "Def Leppard's 'Hysteria' Turns 25". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Def Leppard Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  3. ^ "Def Leppard Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard.

External links[edit]