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We got the power, got the glory
Just say you need it and if you need it
I'm outta luck, outta love
Got a photograph, picture of
Passion killer, you're too much
You're the only one I wanna touch

I see your face every time I dream
On every page, every magazine
So wild and free, so far from me
You're all I want, my fantasy

Pyromania is the third studio album recorded by English rock band Def Leppard. It was released through Vertigo Records in the United Kingdom, and Mercury Records in the United States, on 20 January 1983.

Def Leppard was beginning to find their audience on the opposite side of the pond, as High 'n' Dry got them a Billboard Mainstream Rock chart hit (#34) with "Let It Go". Their sound was solidifying, as the genesis of Glam Metal was at hand.

Of course, there was one problem, which was a big problem throughout the movement: alcohol abuse. And toward the end of their recording, it claimed guitarist Pete Willis, who was fired for his excessive alcohol abuse.

Later, Willis would admit that getting fired likely saved his life.

He was replaced by Phil Collen, who completed the album with the band, though most of Willis' work was preserved.

The album would be the band's breakthrough. David Fricke of Rolling Stone, who rated Pyromania 4 out of 5 stars, praised the work as putting "much-needed fire back on the radio", and characterized the music as sophisticated, and more emotionally charged than most of the synthesized disco that passes for 'modern music'". The implication Fricke tried to make was that the band was far more genuine than most Pop music of the moment. AllMusic rates the album at 5 out of 5 stars.

Fans were drawn in by the new movement. The album peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 album chart—yet another album blocked by Michael Jacksons Thriller—and #19 on the Original Charts Company album chart. It was certified ten-times Platinum (later Diamond) by the RIAA, and Silver by the BPI.

The album produced four singles: "Photograph", "Rock of Ages", "Foolin'", and "Too Late for Love". Three more would also see significant airplay on rock radio stations: "Comin' Under Fire" (the B-side to "Foolin'"), "Billy's Got a Gun", and "Action! Not Words". The first two topped the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart, and the first three were hits on the Billboard Hot 100 (with "Photograph" peaking highest at #12).

The album was remastered in 2009, and put in a deluxe edition, whose second disc was a live recording from a concert at The Forum in Los Angeles on September 11, 1983. It featured an encore with a special guest: Brian May of Queen.


Side One
  1. "Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop)" (3:52)
  2. "Photograph" (4:12)
  3. "Stagefright" (3:46)
  4. "Too Late for Love" (4:30)
  5. "Die Hard the Hunter" (6:17)

Side Two

  1. "Foolin'" (4:32)
  2. "Rock of Ages" (4:09)
  3. "Comin' Under Fire" (4:20)
  4. "Action! Not Words" (3:49)
  5. "Billy's Got a Gun" (5:56)


  • Joe Elliott lead vocals
  • Steve Clark lead and rhythm guitars
  • Phil Collen guitar solos on 13, 6 & 7, additional rhythm guitars
  • Rick Savage bass
  • Rick Allen drums
  • Pete Willis rhythm guitars (all tracks)

"Lady Luck never smiles, so lend your tropes to me, awhile":

  • Album Title Drop: Comes with "Rock of Ages":
    Drive me crazier, no serenade
    No fire brigade, just Pyromania
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: The famous spoken faux-German intro for "Rock of Ages":
    Gunter glieben glauchen globen
  • Casting Couch: "Action! Not Words" alludes to it, if it's not directly about it.
  • Epic Rocking: "Die Hard the Hunter", though "Billy's Got a Gun" is just four seconds short of six minutes.
  • Heavy Meta: "Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop)"
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: "Die Hard The Hunter"
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: "Die Hard The Hunter" is, according to Joe Elliott, about a former soldier who finds it difficult to re-integrate into civilian society. It's basically First Blood before First Blood even hit theaters.
  • Shout-Out: Part of the lyrics to "Action! Not Words":
    No audition, a starring role
    I'll be your Bogart and you be Monroe, yeah
  • Stalker with a Crush: "Photograph" is sung from the POV of a potential (at the very least) stalker.