Okay, so I didn’t actually hear this one on the radio this week – I know the seventiesmusic blog rules but even they are made to be broken sometimes.
So, I’m jammin’ with some friends the other day and happen to play the intro riff to The Eagles hit, Life in the Fast Lane. One of my mates says, “Hey, I know that song.”
I say, “Yeah, it’s…”
But before I can finish, he says, “It’s that Aerosmith song.” He meant, Walk This Way.
Now, is my playing that bad or could it be that they do actually sound similar? I gonna suggest it’s the latter!
the steve tyler conundrum
Aerosmith is fronted by charismatic singer, Steve Tyler. Of course, we often ponder what happens to old hard rockers like Steve and now we know – they end up fronting American Idol.
There’s something of a conundrum here. I mean, I wonder what Steve Tyler would have said in the heyday of Aerosmith if you’d said to him, “One day you’re gonna be a judge on a contest for young manufactured pop stars of varying talent.” He’d have laughed for sure but… well; reality is sometimes stranger than fiction.
Steve’s an interesting guy for all sorts of reasons. He has an amazingly large ego and loves the ladies! He’s known to be both acrobatic and accident prone on stage. While on the Guitar Hero Aerosmith tour in 2009 he actually fell right off the stage injuring his head and neck and breaking his shoulder.
He is, of course, actress Liv Tyler’s father. He’s suffered at least two periods of severe drug addiction.
And, believe it or not, underneath all that cosmetic surgery, he’s 63 years old! (Born 1948).
Aerosmith formed in Boston, in the US in 1971. For many years they were referred to as, “America’s Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band.”
In 1990, Aerosmith won a Grammy award, for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for their song Janie’s Got a Gun (their finest single – my opinion). They have since won three more Grammy’s in that category and are second only to U2 in the number of awards won in that category.
In 2001 Aerosmith were inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. They toured as recently as last year (2010).
walk this way fax
Walk This Way was written by Aerosmith members Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.
Walk The Way was from Aerosmith’s third and bestselling album, Toys in the Attic.
First released in 1975, Walk This Way was re-released in 1977 and peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Walk This Way was covered by rappers Run-D.M.C. (with Aerosmith) on their 1986 album Raising Hell. It won both groups the 1987 Soul Train Music Award for Best Rap Single. The video is worth watching – see below.
In 2009 VH1 named Walk This Way the 8th greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1 and is on The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s list of 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
Rolling Stone ranked the original version of Walk This Way at #336 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Run-D.M.C.’s version comes in at #287.
In 1993, the Walk This Way video featuring Run-D.M.C. was placed at #11 on Rolling Stone’s list of The Top 100 Music Videos.
walk this way video
walk this way video featuring run d.m.c.