Watch Deerhoof’s Cover of Def Leppard’s ‘Pour Some Sugar on Me’
Regardless of your musical preferences as an adult, if you came of age in the late-‘80s, the odds are really high that you’ve rocked out to Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar on Me.” Indie stalwarts Deerhoof, who have been around since the mid-‘90s, are paying tribute to their childhood with a cover of the one of the biggest hits of the hair metal era.
We’ve embedded the video, which intersperses the original with new footage of Deerhoof performing it, above. The new take replaces the high-gloss, layered production by Mutt Lange and replaces it with a live, raw, stripped-down approach, with Satomi Matsuzaki’s charmingly singing the macho lyrics.
Deerhoof are set to release The Magic this Friday (June 24). Although the cover is not included on The Magic, the spirit of the ‘80s is infused throughout. Drummer Greg Saunier spoke of the band’s desire to evoke what we liked when we were kids — when music was magic — before you knew about the industry and before there were rules.” He added that the record contains “alchemies of punk, pop, glam, hair metal, doo-wop, hip hop, and R&B, late-night car rides, long days, attitude and spandex.” The Magic contains "Plastic Thrills," which they wrote for inclusion on the HBO series about the music industry in the '70s, Vinyl.
“Pour Some Sugar on Me” was released on Def Leppard’s 1987 album, Hysteria. The song, one of six Top 20 singles from the record, reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and helped push Hysteria to sales of 12 million copies in the U.S. alone.
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