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The game itself is pointless!

hysteria.pngNestled within the power balladry and sugary stripper anthems of Def Leppard's Hysteria is "Gods Of War", a rare detour into political rock 'n roll music with its artillery fire intro (it's the pop precursor to Metallica's "One"!), Thatcher and Reagan audio snippets, and a futility-of-war philosophy borrowed from original Cold War Kid, Joshua Falken. It also starts off what has become my favorite trio on the album -- while glorious, the singles start to exhibit diminishing returns after hearing them 4,608 times. As Reagan's hawkish warning fades, the vaguely garagey "Don't Shoot Shotgun" returns the titular weapon to its rightful place as sexytime stand-in. The stretch concludes with "Run Riot", a straight-ahead stomper that sets the stage for the album's climax in the form of the title track.

Here are the remastered "Mutt" Lange morsels:

Def Leppard - "Gods Of War"
Def Leppard - "Don't Shoot Shotgun"
Def Leppard - "Run Riot"

Bonus Track:

Def Leppard - "I Wanna Be Your Hero" (b-side)

( Click here to buy the 2-CD Deluxe Edition of Hysteria)

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