Women was a flop, indeed, and Animal didn't fare much better. Think Hysteria had been out for about a year when Pour Some Sugar On Me blew up.
Another Jaq in the 80s story (yes, there's always going to be one when I like the song!): I worked at a Musicland for one Christmas season back then, and occasionally-when the manager who only played three albums wasn't around-we'd play music we LIKED. One of the assistant managers, who I actually dated for a while, loved Def Leppard, so she always played Hysteria. When she played it, I came to realize something: women LOVED the song Excitable. Girls in the store would actually start SINGING the chorus! And I never met, at the time, a guy who liked it. But women-and my fellow employee I wound up dating for a while-did.
You can bet, during my brief relationship with the assistant manager, I put that knowledge to good use
To the song itself: looking back, it's kind of hard to figure out why it wasn't the first single, or failing that the second one. Huge sing along chorus, driving beat, catchy as hell...makes you wonder what people were thinking at their label.