Following the end of Summer of Love, the rock scene began to go in different directions. In addition to people embracing bluesy sounds like Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith, you also had the emergence of what would soon become later metal with Black Sabbath and The Stooges. On the other side of the spectrum, the rock scene was about to get a whole lot more glamorous.
Almost as a reaction to the wild fads of the hippie generation, the glam rock movement began as one of the most unimaginable genres, with bands being as androgynous as possible and unapologetic. Coupled with a handful of riffs and a few killer hooks, this was originally considered the most ridiculous direction rock and roll could have gone in.
On all of these records, you can hear each of these bands trying to push rock music forward, whether it’s updating the old school of rock and roll or paving the way for new bands to come to the top. plan in their wake. With years in the rearview mirror, it wasn’t just a fad. For this genre, the image was substance, and it was about to conquer the world.
By the time the MTV generation kicked into high gear, the glory days of the glam rock movement were all but over. Even though the likes of T Rex would have absolutely killed it on the airwaves back in the day, giants like David Bowie found themselves changing their style to suit the friendlier image of television at the time. On the heavier side of the spectrum though, we still had a few left turns from Def Leppard.
Considering their last record High N Dry was essentially a well-produced take on AC/DC flavored rock, Pyromania aimed for a much more radio-ready feel. On just 10 tracks, you can tell Leppard was as much of a fan as Mott the Hoople as they were with Van Halen, taking the signature hair metal movement and putting some really great pop hooks behind it.
Surely you also have superproducer Mutt Lange to thank for everything that went well, disciplining the guys in the band to push their sound even harder to get the perfect vocal takes. Compared to the rest of the hair metal bands that were about to spring up in their wake, Pyromania looks like a glam rock album that just landed on the heavier side of the charts. It may be a different flavor of glamour, but hooks like these are rarely a bad thing in rock and roll.