Revealing that “Animal” took four years to finish, Phil agrees it’s the best strategy. “If we start work now, by the time we get ready to go into the studio we’ll be done with the ground work. We’d like to complete an album in less than a year. I remember when we’d gone in to do Hysteria we said ‘This should only take five, six months.’ Little did we know,” he laughs. “But who knows, maybe it’ll sound great right off the bat – the later stuff like “Sugar” and “Hysteria” were done that way. We knocked ’em out and they sounded great.”
The third single and video off the new record, “Hysteria”, topped its predecessors “Women” and “Animal” on radio and video – it was a #1 request on Dial MTV for weeks. Shot in one night in an old New Jersey train station on a rare evening off from the tour, it’s their best clip yet. Steve & Phil agree – though they had more fun filming “Animal” on location with a Dutch circus last summer. Their fourth video for “Pour Some Sugar On Me”, was shot live in Denver, CO – both shows of a double-header there were taped in their entirety for possible use in a future home video.
Def Leppard will likely release more individual clips before then, however, as they plan to remain out on the road through the fall. “And after we finish we’ll go straight in the studio.” says Phil. “We have no social lives.” he sighs. “We’re resigned to the fact that this is all we do.”
Adds Steve, “We can’t do anything else, neither of us – we’re fuckin’ useless,” he laughs, supposing that if it weren’t for Def Leppard, “we’d be at Kentucky Fried Chicken – serving, not eating.”
Complaints aside, they wouldn’t have it any other way – and it’s a sure bet they won’t have to.
Steve’s first gig: A boy scout party with the band Electric Chicken. “We were crap!” he says.