Gene Simmons Reflects On Def Leppard’s Success With ‘Hysteria’ Album

Gene Simmons of KISS joined the Jeremy White podcast for an interview and talked about Def Leppard’s success after releasing the ‘Hysteria’ album. According to the rocker, the band couldn’t have achieved the album’s sound without their producer.

After they made a breakthrough in the scene, Def Leppard moved to Dublin in February 1984 and began writing a follow-up album to ‘Pyromania.’ Mutt Lange joined them on the songwriting sessions but refused to work with them as a producer at that time. So, they began working with Jim Steinman, whose time with the band didn’t last long.

On December 31, 1984, their drummer Rick Allen lost his left arm in a car crash. However, he was committed to continuing as the band’s drummer, and the band never sought a replacement for him. During this period, Mutt Lange returned as a producer, and Allen began playing drums with a custom electronic drum kit.

After over three years of a recording period, Def Leppard released their fourth album, ‘Hysteria’ on August 3, 1987. The singles ‘Animal’ and ‘Hysteria’ and the album itself achieved remarkable chart success following the release. Moreover, it is Def Leppard’s longest album to date, 62 minutes and 32 seconds.

In an interview with Jeremy White, Gene Simmons revealed his thoughts about Def Leppard’s ‘Hysteria.’ He stated that the band members are fantastic, and their producer Mutt Lange made the band record a note at a time with this album. Therefore, the album’s recordings took over a year which eventually paid off. According to Simmons, they couldn’t achieve such a successful album without Lange.

Here is what Gene Simmons said about Def Leppard:

“They are fantastic, and I know the guys well. Mutt Lange, the producer, actually made them hit a note, a string at a time. So, you play the whole song string at a time. Then you do another track to make up the chord. Usually, you do a chord, whatever your chord variations are, and you get a full four, five, six strings on it. Nope, Mutt would make them record a note at a time.

So, as the chords moved a note and then you’d come back. Obviously, it took over a year. There are exceptions to the rule, but without a Mutt Lange or somebody there, you’re not going to be able to do that. You may as well be true to your own soul if you know what I mean.”

You can watch the interview and listen to Def Leppard’s album below.