Def Leppard's Joe Elliott: My Life in 15 Songs

U.K. hitmakers' singer on "Pour Some Sugar on Me," "Photograph" and other glammy gems

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"Women" (1987)

After all the success of Pyromania in the U.S., this was released as the first single from Hysteria — and it didn't do anything! But we didn't choose it. What you have to realize is that, as a British band still living in England, we had yet to see any real success in our home country. And in June or July of 1987, before Hysteria came out, we released "Animal" as a single in the U.K. and had a Number Six hit in the British Top 40. And we were like, "This is amazing!" But our management convinced us to not go with "Animal" in America. They wanted the more hardcore "Women," to keep our cred factor. We said, "Are you out of your fucking minds?" And it bombed. I'm not going to say they made a mistake, because maybe the fact that this song came out when it did set the stage for "Pour Some Sugar on Me" to come out when it did. So I'll just say we totally disagreed. And at the end of the day, it didn't do any harm!

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