PRETTY DECENT SLAP N’ TICKLE FROM BOSTON BOYS
Steven Tyler turns 63 today. Yeah, we can hardly believe it either (and a few stunned coke dealers are genuinely gobsmacked by this news…). And while there are many reasons to question the enduring presence of Aerosmith in 2011, there was a time when they were rightly tapped as the Rolling Stones’ glam slam little brothers. Brad Whitford and Joe Perry remain two of the most satisfying blues-rock guitarists of all time, drummer Joey Kramer is the shit, and there’s no tarnish on classic albums like Toys In The Attic and Rocks. We’ll let y’all form your own opinions about the catalogue from the 80s forward, but in honor of the Scarf Queen’s natal day we’re dipping into Smitty’s good stuff. (Dennis Cook)
This band seems dangerous. You would not leave them alone with your daughter.
The blues gain grit ‘n’ grime in early Aerosmith (and even occasionally today). And it seems Little Richard had been partying in the green room with the band after raiding Dinah Shore’s closet.
This performance took place at a Bill Graham Day On The Green concert in Oakland in 1979 (rest of the bill was headliner Ted Nugent, AC/DC, Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush, St.Paradise). Days later, Joe Perry left the band for the first time.
One of the best things to emerge from the Toxic Twins’ pen in the 1980s.
Aerosmith may hold some kind of record for most repackaged greatest hits collections, but it’s been a stretch since their last new studio album. The most recent, 2004’s Honkin’ On Bobo, is a pretty decent cover tunes set that includes this Aretha Franklin staple and their take on the classic gospel blues number [and their last album of originals is 2001’s Just Push Play].
This is the band that inspired Guns N’ Roses.
A suitably sauced, nicely messy Aerosmith cover from R.E.M..
They do have a way with a power ballad.
Such equestrian fans!
The YouTube comment on this one sums it up nicely: “I wish I could go back in my time machine to 1977--some ripping Aerosmith, tasty buds, my skateboard and my teenage hottie by my side!”
This is just sex distilled into notes. Besides being a pretty badass bassist, Tom Hamilton co-wrote this one.
With all due respect to Run DMC, this is the proper way to stroll. Happy birthday, Steven. We’re not sure we can forgive you for American Idol but we’ll try to love you anyway, man.
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