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Def Leppard: “Foolin'”

The Hook: Acoustic, but not a ballad — it actually rocked!

Album: Pyromania

Year: 1983

Writers: Joe Elliott, Steve Clarke and Mutt Lange

Stats: Peaked at number-28 on the Billboard Hot 100, though it reached number-nine on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

Background: Guitarist Phil Collen joined Def Leppard during the recording of Pyromania and appears in the video for “Foolin’.” He says that although the song is based on acoustic guitar…

Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen on what stood out to him about their acoustic-based classic “Foolin’.” OC:…Top 40. :15

“It wasn’t really a ballad, y’know, it was still like a rock song, so it kind of knocked a few barriers down – at the time. Y’know, after that you’d lots of rock bands that do stuff like that all the time, but you didn’t really hear that on the Top 40 radio and it was kind of cool to actually have that access to Top 40.”