Although essentially this is where the rot set in for Aerosmith – when they started to employ outsiders as songwriters – this album also marks their revival to the second age of their career. It’s a cracking album – a little too much of its time, so I don’t know how it will sound in 10 or 20 years – but it’s got a level of energy that was unheard of from the band up to this point.
This album also hints at their penchant for novelty songs – Dude (Looks Like A Lady) would soon be joined by the likes of Love In An Elevator and Aerosmith would forever be associated with the crazily titled rock song, and for a whole new generation of rock fans (and subsequent generations), this would be the only thing they would know the band for.
This album – or more truthfully, the promotion for this album – would also be the first time they would have great success with music videos, storming their way into the party held over at the house of the MTV generation (their parents must have been out of town). The videos that accompany this album are all very enjoyable (well, Dude and Rag Doll are – I still can’t take the video – or the song, for that matter – of Angel seriously), and at least the band look relatively young. Young enough not to look too much out of place hanging around with hot chicks half their age (compared to now where they’ll star in videos with hot chicks a quarter of their age – ugh).
Years after first hearing Hangman Jury – the band’s one and only real jaunt into roots music – on MTV Unplugged and loving it, I was lucky enough to see the band play it live in Dublin, with the intro played just by Tyler and Perry on acoustic guitar and harmonica, sat at the end of the ego-ramp, mere yards away from where I stood. Fantastic.
Hit: Dude (Looks Like A Lady)
Hidden Gem: Hangman Jury