Saturday, December 20, 2008

Over Rated Part 3

On his blog, my buddy Brian has a section on musicians he thinks are overrated. You can get to his site by clicking the link on my roster of friend's websites. Since this is such a subjective subject, I thought I'd steal his idea and post mine.

Exhibit C

Aerosmith A.D. (after drugs)
While I would put Aerosmith's first four albums against anyones (Aerosmith, Get Your Wings, Toys in the Attic and Rocks), I wouldn't walk across the street to see them now. Permanent Vacation was OK ("Hangman's Jury" was the best song on that album). "The Other Side" and "F.I.N.E" from Pump were OK, but once they started making a statement... "Janie's Got A Gun", "Livin on the Edge", etc. they were done to me. Anytime any band has recorded a Diane Warren song (see Heart), they are toast.
"I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" was nothing more than a full scale sell out and made me wretch whenever I heard it. While I have heard "Honkin on Bobo" is interesting, I couldn't tell you because they were finished in my mind and still are. I'll put it bluntly, they made better music when they were fucked up. Over rated.

3 comments:

Brian Holland said...

No argument here--Aerosmith almost made my list too, before it got too unruly. "Simoriah" was another cool track off 'Permanent Vacation' and there were a couple tracks on 'Get A Grip' I liked, but I agree that most of their post-'Pump' output pretty much blows.

Meantime check out my "Underrated" list that I posted this week and see what you think--I think there are a few we agree on there.

dr sardonicus said...

Yeah, their latterday music sucks big time, but their early albums are so good I'll forgive them.

Anonymous said...

You know, I'm 100% with ya with the exception of Permanent Vacation...the title track is one worthy of being skipped, but there were a few good tracks on there that I still toss on the player from time to time, and I don't consider myself a big Aerosmith fan...
St. John
Simoriah
The Movie (instrumental)

...just my 2 cents...

Sean

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