Just ahead of the release of the band’s “Volume One” box set, Def Leppard has issued a new video for their late 1980s hit, “Pour Some Sugar on Me.” The new video is a brightly colored lyric video that if nothing else, will help solve debates about what the lyrics actually state. Yes, the lyrics do include the lines “Do you take sugar? One lump or two?” which might be the most clever and most English of all the lyrics on “Hysteria.”
“Pour Some Sugar on Me” by Def Leppard, what a difference a lyric video makes
The band’s release of the lyric video was reported earlier this week by hard rock and metal news sources. Ultimate Classic Rock and Blabbermouth were among the media organizations reporting on both the video and the upcoming release of “Volume One.”
For those who have seen lyric videos as done by YouTube users, the form probably leaves a bit to be desired, especially when the poster gets the lyrics completely wrong, or riddles the lyrics with misspellings.
So the standards are higher when a band releases an official lyric video. That a band would care to re-cast a song via a new video more than 30 years after its original release, says something to fans about the importance of that song to a band’s overall history.
One thing the new video accomplishes is forcing viewers to focus on the music and the words. The art work recalls that found on children’s flashcards, and so there is a level of “cute.” The color scheme is bright and cheery. Because these are not images typically associated with any hard rock subgenre, the mature viewer is forced to make sense of lyrics, or enjoy them. The lyrics are not difficult to understand, but in their newest form, they have been relieved of overt sexuality.
“Pour Some Sugar on Me” the original video
The original video from 1987 shows a band returning to its fans in triumphs. Drummer Rick Allen had lost an arm in a car accident in 1985, and the future of the band looked bleak. Allen is considered by many one of the best hard rock drummers, and his injury caused a wave of grief to wash over fans. But, the band made a comeback. The album that first featured Allen playing with one arm was “Hysteria.” That release contains “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” “Armageddon It,” and “Rocket,” among other favorites. Nearly every song on “Hysteria” is an anthem-like favorite.
Sadly, “Hysteria” would also be the last Def Leppard album to feature guitarist Steve Clark, another talented member of the band’s classic lineup. Clark would pass away in 1991.
Seen through the lens of nostalgia, the original video shows a band full of promise, enthusiasm, and talent. The video depicts the band members as they jump, fling their hair, and are in general hailed as heroes by the fans who had awaited their return.
But of course, this is a video from the 1980s. The obligatory crowd shots of attractive women help to underscore what “Pour Some Sugar on Me” is about. In the 1980s, it was fine, and even expected. Thirty years later, it seems the band just wants to have fun with one of their biggest hits.
“Pour Some Sugar on Me” reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US in July 1988. To compare the two versions of the video, you are invited to view both. The original can be seen by clicking here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xU7yLn5DYQM. The new one is provided at the top of the article.