There are a mash-up of influences on this song, which is typical of Def Leppard, whose frontman Joe Elliott told us
, "Everything I've ever listened to seeps in."
Joe can't always identify the specific influences, but the first record he bought was "Sugar, Sugar
," which was a huge hit for the cartoon band The Archies in 1969. Near the end of that song, there is a line that goes "Pour a little sugar on me, baby," which Elliott says was at least subconscious inspiration for this song.
The lyrics started out as phonetic sounds to fit the music, which they refined later into actual words. Joe says that this was done in the style of "Bang A Gong (Get It On)
" by T. Rex, which contains vaguely lascivious lyrics that don't make any sense ("a hubcap, diamond star halo"?) but sound great.