Monday, July 12, 2021

Songs I Absolutely Adore By Artists I Generally Otherwise Don't Care For (An Occasional Series)

From 1989, please enjoy Aerosmith and the official version of "Janie's Got a Gun."

I can't tell you how much I dislike Aerosmith as a rule. Basically, the best you can say about them is that they're a pretentious version of The Yardbirds crossed with a slicker, irony-free version of The New York Dolls with a flag of their collective dick up front.

That said, the above record is a masterpiece. Great music mated to an extremely well-written lyic about a serious subject.

I should add that Liv Tyler just turned 44. Yipes. I should also add that I was hoping to post the incredible version of said song the band did on SNL, but I couldn't find it.


Alzo said...

Your take on Aerosmith is absolutely right. They are proof that the vast American audience has always preferred conservative versions of the real thing. And, yes, they're occasionally worth your time. Their 'Walk This Way' crossover hit with Run-DMC is a landmark, for better or worse.

steve simels said...

Agree on the Walk This Way crossover.

pete said...

I was living in Boston when they got signed. Consensus among local musicians at the time was that this was a huge joke. Nothing in the past 50 years, including the occasional stab at seriosity, has made me change my mind.