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** Phil Collen's pretty bare up there as well - and makes up for it by basically becoming a bodybuilder.


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* BigGuyLittleGuy: Tall, rail-thin Steve Clark and short, muscular Phil Collen, ironically both of them having traits of both.


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** Steve Clark during his worst moments also counted. Completely boozed up, so depressed and unwilling to play he used to ''smash his hands up in the sink'' - yet still the guy to put on a hell of a show.


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* PintSizedPowerHouse: Phil Collen - shortest guy in the band, but with a physique rivalling a bodybuilder's.
* PlatonicLifePartners: Steve Clark and Phil Collen - "''The Terror Twins''", at least up until Collen sobered up.


* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: Jim Steinman was briefly brought in to produce ''Hysteria'' when Mutt Lange was unavailable, against the band's wishes. During one of the sessions, he attempted to include a take where Steve and Phil where just tuning their guitars, saying "It sounded honest." The band was incredulous, bought out his contract, and brought Mutt back in at his earliest opportunity.

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* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: Jim Steinman was briefly brought in to produce ''Hysteria'' when Mutt Lange was unavailable, against the band's wishes. During one of the sessions, he attempted to include a take where Steve and Phil where were just tuning their guitars, saying "It sounded honest." The band was incredulous, bought out his contract, and brought Mutt back in at his earliest opportunity.


Originally formed in 1977 in [[OopNorth Sheffield, England]] by five teenagers who really liked glam rock, '''Def Leppard''' became grouped with the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) before turning early-MTV pop-rock sweethearts. After kicking out a founding guitarist for too much drunken tomfoolery (Pete Willis), they released a well-received rock album (''Pyromania''), lost another sixth of a member (Rick Allen's left arm), released a phenomenally successful pop-rock record (''Hysteria''), which was essentially aiming to be "the hard rock version of ''[[Music/MichaelJackson Thriller]]''", then the ''other'' original guitarist drank himself to death over the course of a few years (Steve Clark).

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Originally formed in 1977 in [[OopNorth Sheffield, England]] by five teenagers who really liked glam rock, '''Def Leppard''' Def Leppard became grouped with the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) before turning early-MTV pop-rock sweethearts. After kicking out a founding guitarist for too much drunken tomfoolery (Pete Willis), they released a well-received rock album (''Pyromania''), lost another sixth of a member (Rick Allen's left arm), released a phenomenally successful pop-rock record (''Hysteria''), which was essentially aiming to be "the hard rock version of ''[[Music/MichaelJackson Thriller]]''", then the ''other'' original guitarist drank himself to death over the course of a few years (Steve Clark).


* OohMeAccentsSlipping: It's pretty easy to tell not all the actors playing Def Leppard are from Sheffield, or are even British for that matter.

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* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Mutt Lange is South African and has the corresponding accent in real life. Anthony Michael Hall plays him with his natural American accent. Since the accents of Def Leppard are all over the place though, he probably just decided to not embarrass himself.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: It's pretty easy to tell not all the actors playing Def Leppard are from Sheffield, or are even British for that matter.

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* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: Jim Steinman was briefly brought in to produce ''Hysteria'' when Mutt Lange was unavailable, against the band's wishes. During one of the sessions, he attempted to include a take where Steve and Phil where just tuning their guitars, saying "It sounded honest." The band was incredulous, bought out his contract, and brought Mutt back in at his earliest opportunity.


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* OohMeAccentsSlipping: It's pretty easy to tell not all the actors playing Def Leppard are from Sheffield, or are even British for that matter.

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* TheAlcoholic: Being a rock band in the 1980's, all members would definitely qualify, though most of them have gone sober since then.
** Tragically, this was (infamously) the case for Steve Clark. He sought refuge in alcohol, and when his bandmates went sober he drank himself to death, unable to escape his depression.


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** The whole band can count to an extent, they've survived a founding member drinking himself to death, the ups and downs of the music industry, all the aforementioned tragedies and 30 years of shitty arm jokes.


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** This dynamic was strong enough to be reflected in the ''instruments'' Clark and Collen played. Clark preferred vintage guitars, beautiful looking and iconic, but lacking in modern features, while Collen stuck to the cutting edge "superstrats" with all the latest tech.


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* TheNapoleon: Pete Willis reportedly suffered from this, and coupled with his alcohol abuse made his personality too volatile to function within the band.

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* SiameseTwinSongs: "Bringin' On the Heartbreak" and "[[{{Instrumental}} Switch-625]]" were intended to be this, as they segue into each other on their source album, '''High [='n'=] Dry''', and are played back-to-back live, though typically radio stations will only play the former song.


* Rick Allen plays drums on a custom kit built to [[HandicappedBadass bypass his disability]].
* Vivian Campbell wrote and played the guitar parts on [[Music/RonnieJamesDio Dio]]'s "Holy Diver" and moonlit (moonlighted?) as a member of Music/ThinLizzy.
* Phil Collen is in too good of shape for a man in his fifties.
* Joe Elliott never met a [[IncrediblyLamePun bad metaphor]] he didn't put in a song.
* Rick Savage used to be [[TheChick "the Cute One"]] (even getting name-checked to that end on ''Heroes'').

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* Rick Allen '''Rick Allen''' plays drums on a custom kit built to [[HandicappedBadass bypass his disability]].
* Vivian Campbell '''Vivian Campbell''' wrote and played the guitar parts on [[Music/RonnieJamesDio Dio]]'s "Holy Diver" and moonlit (moonlighted?) as a member of Music/ThinLizzy.
* Phil Collen '''Phil Collen''' is in too good of shape for a man in his fifties.
* Joe Elliott '''Joe Elliott''' never met a [[IncrediblyLamePun [[{{Pun}} bad metaphor]] he didn't put in a song.
* Rick Savage '''Rick Savage''' used to be [[TheChick "the Cute One"]] (even getting name-checked to that end on ''Heroes'').



* Steve Clark's playing style was [[Main/HerosMuse largely influenced]] by Jimmy Page's playing
* Pete Willis who unfortunately let alcohol get the better of him and was fired. However he's since turned his life around and has said that the firing probably saved his life by making him face his problem.

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* Steve Clark's '''Steve Clark''', whose playing style was [[Main/HerosMuse largely influenced]] by Jimmy Page's playing
* Pete Willis '''Pete Willis''', who unfortunately let alcohol get the better of him and was fired. However he's since turned his life around and has said that the firing probably saved his life by making him face his problem.



!!! "Rise up gather round burn these tropes to the ground":

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!!! !! "Rise up up, gather round round, burn these tropes to the ground":ground!"


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* LongestSongGoesLast: Their debut album ''On Through The Night'', as well as their independent ''Def Leppard EP'', closed with [[EpicRocking "The Overture"]].


* TechnicianVersusPerformer: Steve Clark was the performer (technical only when he wanted to) while Phil Collen is a pure technician. Steve was regarded as main songwriter by both Joe and Phil, composing many of the riffs and solos. After he died, Phil was almost driven to leave the band himself out of frustration over his struggles to emulate Steve's playing style, but was successful in doing so for the remainder of Adrenalize.
** Ironically enough, Steve was initially hired because ''he'' was a better player than original guitarist Pete Willis.

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* TechnicianVersusPerformer: TechnicianVersusPerformer:
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Steve Clark was the performer Performer (technical only when he wanted to) while Phil Collen is a pure technician. Technician. Steve was regarded as main songwriter by both Joe and Phil, composing many of the riffs and solos. solos, and the band gives him full credit for engineering the harmonized 'twin rhythm guitar' sound of "Photograph" and ''Hysteria''[[note]]as opposed to having both guitars just play the same thing, layered up[[/note]]. After he died, Phil was almost driven to leave the band himself out of frustration over his struggles to emulate Steve's playing style, but was successful in doing so for the remainder of Adrenalize.
Adrenalize.
** Ironically enough, Steve was initially hired because ''he'' was a better player than original guitarist Pete Willis. And yet even in that pairing Steve was the Performer, always playing to the crowds and reveling in what Joe Elliott liked to call "rock god poses", whereas Pete would play more standardized solos.


* TelevisionGeography - So very very much. Egregious signage,road marking and location errors, a road through high moorland being doubled by a wide (mostly flat) desert road, and the fact that almost none of the buildings, street furniture and power equipment actually look even remotely like they do in Britain. And those are the mild examples.

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* TelevisionGeography - So very very much. Egregious signage,road marking and location errors, a road through high moorland being doubled by a wide (mostly flat) desert road, highway in Canada, and the fact that almost none of the buildings, street furniture and power equipment actually look even remotely like they do in Britain. And those are the mild examples.


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* TelevisionGeographyTelevisionGeography - So very very much. Egregious signage,road marking and location errors, a road through high moorland being doubled by a wide (mostly flat) desert road, and the fact that almost none of the buildings, street furniture and power equipment actually look even remotely like they do in Britain. And those are the mild examples.


* SociopathicSoldier: "Die Hard TheHunter" is about a Type 4.

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* SociopathicSoldier: "Die Hard TheHunter" The Hunter" is about a Type 4.


Best known for predicating a thirty-year career on the [[BawdySong bawdy]] ChorusOnlySong, "Pour Some Sugar on Me" and the terribly unfunny joke "What has nine arms and sucks?", they continue to release records (much more often than in their heyday) and do a world tour almost every year since 2003 despite becoming musical pariahs in the {{post-grunge}} era.

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Best known for predicating a thirty-year career on the [[BawdySong bawdy]] ChorusOnlySong, "Pour Some Sugar on Me" and the terribly unfunny joke "What has nine arms and sucks?", they continue to release records (much more often than in their heyday) and do a world tour almost every year since 2003 despite becoming musical pariahs in the {{post-grunge}} PostGrunge era.

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* ClassicalMusicIsBoring: The band lampshades this in "Let's Get Rocked." The narrator balks at his girlfriend's musical choices, which include the likes of "Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven," which makes him "wanna scream."


* {{Badass}}: Phil Collen is a Kempo Karate black belt and is also skilled in boxing and Muay Thai. He can also bench over twice his weight.

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