Aerosmith

Walk This Way

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Probably one of the dirtiest-sounding songs to hit the AM band, Aerosmith hadn't yet reached their drugged-out apex when they took "Walk This Way" Top Ten in 1975. The song's title was reportedly inspired by a line from the film Young Frankenstein, though its content is entirely unrelated. The song is about young lust as evidenced in Steven Tyler's pre-rap, dirty limerick verse. Joe Perry's funky guitar line and a gigantic drum sound is at the core of the tune, its irresistible hookiness in Perry's main riff and the chucka-chucka rhythm guitar which serve a similar function to a chorus. The song has all of the essential Aerosmith elements: grit, guitar and steamy sexual innuendo, plus one of those endless Perry jams as its outro. In 1986, Run-D.M.C. redid the track with Aerosmith sitting in to create the first rock/hip-hop hybrid that didn't rely on a sample. Tyler's rap lent itself nicely to Run-D.M.C.'s own tongue-in-cheek, cartoonish rap style. It was one of the few times in history that a band had a hit with their own song for a second time. The version was responsible for helping to relaunch Aerosmith's sagging career, setting them up nicely for their domination of the pop airwaves in the late '80s/early '90s.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Toys in the Attic 1975 Columbia / Sony Music Distribution 3:41
Aerosmith's Greatest Hits 1980 Columbia 3:33
No Image 1987 CBS / Fox
Pandora's Box 1991 Legacy / Aerosmith / Columbia 3:41
No Image 1994 Sony Music Distribution 4:22
No Image 1994 Columbia 0:00
Pandora's Toys 1995 Sony Music Distribution 3:40
Pink 1998 Sony Music Distribution 0:00
Aerosmith/Get Your Wings/Toys in the Attic [1998] 1998 Legacy / Aerosmith 3:41
Rock: Train Kept a Rollin' 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:31
Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:31
Naked 4-Play 2000
Various Artists
Wicked Disc 3:40
Made in America 2001 Resource 3:41
Aerosmith's Greatest Hits 1973-1988 2001 Columbia 3:31
Aerosmith's Greatest Hits 1973-1988/Classics Live! 2001 Sony Music Distribution 5:13
O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits 2002 Columbia 5:11
The Collection: Aerosmith/Get Your Wings/Toys in the Attic [2004 Long Box] 2004 Legacy / Columbia 3:41
Legends Informercial Set 2007
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:40
The Broadcast Archives 2008 The Broadcast Archive 3:45
The Essential Aerosmith 2011 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Legacy 5:11
Rocks Donington 2014 2015 Eagle Rock 4:08