Def Leppard: Recyclemania
When I was a kid, I’d have given my right arm to be as cool as the drummer from Def Leppard. I remember watching the video for “Pour Some Sugar on Me” when I was 13 and my father walking through the living room and saying, “Oh, so this is the kind of music you like now.” And I really felt like I’d let the old man down; I was like, I’m sorry for rocking so hard — I won’t do it again. By contrast, my girlfriend wanted her parents to think she was a bad girl. Needless to say, Hysteria was a seminal album for us both during our coming of age.
Anyhow, we took a walk down memory lane by watching some Def Leppard videos on YouTube, and we noticed something odd about the videos for “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Armageddon It”: They’re almost exactly the same. They’re both essentially performance videos with black-and-white pre- and post-show footage. It’s like, We’re going to rock, now we’re rocking, and we’re done with rocking and on to the drinking and whoring.
But worse yet, the boys don’t seem to even change their clothes. I was always focused more on his preposterously ripped jeans, but my girlfriend pointed out that lead singer Joe Elliott not only is wearing a Def Leppard shirt in both videos (how lame it is to wear a shirt for one’s own band is up for debate) but actually appears to be wearing the same shirt. My theory was that Elliott was too lazy or careless to actually pack a bag before setting out on a two-year-long tour and had to resort to doing his clothes shopping by just swiping stuff off the merchandise stands. This explains the condition of his jeans, too; for all I know, they were brand new at the start of the tour.
But here’s the topper: They actually recycle the exact same footage of the exact same attractive woman from video to video. Look at these screen captures:
So, what’s going on here? I have three theories:
- It’s just a symptom of the flagrant recycling of footage between videos, and, in rushing to put out the video for “Armageddon It” — no less than the sixth single from Hysteria —the video director picked the same clip either accidentally or on purpose. (Wikipedia seems to support the theory that “Armageddon It” was both a rush job and an attempt to improve upon “Pour Some Sugar on Me”.)
- The woman in this clip did someone some sort of very special favour in order to get into not one, but two videos.
- Someone in or affiliated with the band very badly wanted the woman in this clip to do him a very special favour, going so far as to put her in two different videos to gain her attention.
These are my three theories, but I leave open the possibility of something even more sinister here, because, for some reason, when I Googled both “woman from armageddon it video” and “girl from armageddon it video”, the search results returned links to bestiality porn sites. So maybe I don’t really want to know where the footage of that woman might have originally come from or what she might have done to get the band to put her in two videos after all.
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