Armageddon It

Album: Hysteria (1987)
Charted: 20 3

Songfacts®:

  • This song is a play on of words: "Our you getting it"/"Armageddon it." Like the other songs on the Hysteria album, it was written by the band with enough contributions from their producer Mutt Lange that he also got a songwriting credit. Lange took over for Jim Steinman, whose sessions were scrapped in 1985. With Lange, they created songs with a rock bombast and commercial appeal, and this one also played great in stadiums. Def Leppard became the first major rock band to play on a stage in the middle of the stadiums when they did so on the American leg of their Hysteria tour, which allowed them to sell more tickets and set them apart from other bands with long hair (that's you, Bon Jovi!) that were after their thunder.
  • In the book MTV Ruled the World - The Early Years of Music Video, Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen reminisced: "The thing we wanted to do in Def Leppard is just be a hybrid of a lot of other things. In England, you don't really do the 'cover band thing.' When you start up, you start writing songs before you can even play an instrument, in most cases. So America's the complete opposite. We were creating our own thing, and I think it was going to combine a lot of different rock bands - Thin Lizzy, T. Rex, and the glam thing, along with the punk stuff, and Zeppelin. It was a total combination."

    Going on about the involvement of producer Mutt Lange, Collen continues: "We tried to do it with the music, and when we met Mutt Lange, he's great at creating 'the hybrid.' Obviously, what he did with Shania Twain - bringing country to a much larger audience. It crossed over into Pop, and Taylor Swift is the next example of that. There's very little country. It's more pop than it is country, but it obviously has its roots in it. And that's what we were, a rock band, but we didn't want to be like a lot of the American bands. Which we thought were great - Journey, Foreigner, and stuff like that. We still wanted to have that hard-edged thing that AC/DC had, but we still wanted to have the harmonies, a bit like Queen. So again, it's just an absolute hybrid."
  • This was the sixth single released from the Hysteria album in the US. By the time it reached #3 in January 1989, the album had been out for 17 months.

Comments: 15

  • Mark from Paducah, KyThe album was released in 1987 but the song wasn't released as a single until 1988 (not 1987 as stated above)
  • Curt from Tulsa, OkJoe Elliot's line "C'mon Steve..." (before Steve Clark's awesome guitar solo) was replaced with "C'mon Boys" or not used at all in performances following Steve's Death in 1991.
  • Linc from Beaumont, TxTo Myra in Chicago - Bringing on the Heartbreak probably didn't make the cut because it's actually connected to the Switch 656 (? exact title) that follows it on the album. The version you hear on the radio is a DJ/promotional version/single for radio play. However, they might have rated the greatest hits by record sales etc. and I while this is probably my favorite Leppard song - it wasn't that popular.
  • Linc from Beaumont, TxDef Lep, like a lot of post-Beatles British bands, often "borrow" Beatle-montra of clever word play.
  • Jeff from Cambridge, United KingdomYep, Ricky above is right about the fact that the song's title is a play on the words 'I am getting it' which is a popular British response to being asked about one's sex life: 'Are you getting it?' 'Armageddon It....'

    (geddit?)

  • Myra from Chicago, IlOh, and PS, where the heck's "Bringin' On the Heartbreak"!? :-o
  • Myra from Chicago, IlI just got a Def Leppard Greatest Hits CD and this, along with other top hits are on there! Many happy listening hours to me!
  • Milagros from Lima, PeruI LOVE THIS SONG!IT'S REALLY GREAT!AND THE BAND IS GREAT TOO!
  • Evan from Otway, OhThis song is what makes Hysteria stand out for me (other than the title track). If it wasn't for this song, Pyromania would be my favorite album. Their both neck and neck for me. Great song; so great, that I can't believe more people havn't commented on it yet! =(
  • Charlie from Ph, PaThe Beggining chords sound kinda like the beggining chords of Rock Of Ages.
  • Milagros from Lima, PeruESTA CANCION ME ENCANTA,ESE "COME ON STEVE,GET IT" ES MUY CHIDO,LA CANCION ES BIEN ROCKERONA,TIPICO DE DL Y LA VERDAD ME ENCANTA,ES LA SONG KE MAS ME GUSTA DE DL,ME LOKEO MUCHO CUANDO LA ESCUCHO!EL VIDEO TMB ES MUY COOL Y CHIDO,DL ROCKS!!!
  • Greg from Fairmount, InThe band wrote this song based on the T.rex style of lyric writing, it's not supposed to be taken seriously. Phil (guitar) has stated it was Savs (bass) creation in the beginning. I find more meaning in these lyrics than Marc Bolans cuz his are just OUT THERE!! But this is a great song and it really is a crowd getter at live shows cuz it's a fun lovers song, you can tell when you watch the band live, at least thats the impression I get.
  • Meredith from Grand Forks, NdIt's not a play on OUR you gettin it, it's a play on ARE you gettin it
  • Nick from Paramus, NjYes definately one of my favorites from Histeria, along with "Love Bites", "Run Riot", and "Gods of War".
  • Anonymous from Dixon , CaThis is one of the greatest 'Leppard songs ever.
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