LAMONT’S MUSIC NOTES-APR 20, 2020…TWENTY SEVEN YEARS AGO AEROSMITH RELEASE THE ALBUM ‘GET A GRIP’. THIS WAS THE GROUPS ELEVENTH STUDIO ALBUM AND IT WAS HUGE. GET A GRIP BECAME AEROSMITH’S BEST SELLING ALBUM WORLDWIDE, SELLING OVER 20 MILLION COPIES. IT IS ALSO TIED WITH ‘PUMP’ AS THEIR SECOND BEST SELLING ALBUM IN THE U.S.A. SELLING OVER 7 MILLION COPIES. ‘TOYS IN THE ATTIC’ LEADS U.S. SALES AT 8 MILLION. HERE’S SOME ‘GET A GRIP’ TRIVIA:
-The album cover features a cow’s udders, with one of them pierced and sporting an earring. An animal rights group objected, but the band explained the image was computer generated.
-Seven songs from Get a Grip wound up charting on at least one of Billboard’s charts.
-“Livin’ on the Edge” went to number one on the rock chart and stayed there for nine weeks.
-“Livin’ on the Edge” was inspired by the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
-Styx’s Tommy Shaw and Night Ranger’s Jack Blades co-wrote “Shut Up and Dance.”
-“Cryin’” has been certified gold and sold over 600,000 copies.
-There’s an unconfirmed story that for the video for “Crazy,” producers cast a woman they had seen in a Pantene commercial to star opposite Alicia Silverstone. That woman was Steven Tyler’s daughter, Liv Tyler. They apparently had no idea her father was in the band. -Lenny Kravitz provided backup vocals on the song “Line-Up.”
-“Amazing” is about Steven Tyler’s troubled life and his drug abuse in the late 70s and early 80s.
– Don Henley sings backup on “Amazing.”
-The band earned two Grammys off the album, the 1993 award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or a Group with Vocal for “Livin’ on the Edge” and the same trophy in 1994 for “Crazy.”
HERE’S AEROSMITH WITH AN OUTSTANDING VIDEO FOR ‘LIVIN’ ON THE EDGE’