Thanks for checking out the 13th post in my Music Monday series!
If you’re not sure what Music Monday is then please feel free to click here to read the post that explains what Music Monday is all about.
Now, the number 13 is unlucky for some, but not for us, not today because today the record that I’ve picked at random is A10 which corresponds to something which isn’t technically an album, it’s a single BUT because of its size it’s on my record shelf because it doesn’t fit with my other singles.
The single in question is Love In An Elevator by Aerosmith! This isn’t just your standard single though, it’s the limited edition picture disk version! I picked this up in a record shop near Portobello Market in London about 4 years ago and honestly you would’ve thought I’d found 64 diamonds in one go on Minecraft the way I reacted.
The Love In An Elevator single isn’t available on Spotify but all of the tracks are there on different albums so I’ve made a playlist and put it at the bottom of this playlist so you can listen whilst you read if you want!
Love In An Elevator is my absolute favourite Aerosmith song, partly because it’s a brilliant song and partly because I’d just love to be trapped in an elevator with Steven Tyler and his big ten inch record! 😉
When I finally saw Aerosmith live at Download in 2010 they opened with it and it was just one of the greatest moments of my entire life, and let’s not forget that same weekend I’d seen Rage Against The Machine live and AC/DC so I was already swimming in life’s greatest moments (and mud).
As soon as the curtain dropped and Steven Tyler was there in his sparkly coat and Love In An Elevator started it was just. I just. I mean it was… it was just, I have no words.
There are no words to describe that moment, it was just so amazingly spectacular and phenomenal and all the other words.
If you don’t know who Aerosmith are, welcome to Planet Earth, you’re in for a real treat because Aerosmith are one of Planet Earth’s most spectacular gifts to music lovers everywhere.
Aerosmith are an American Rock band, the greatest Rock band America has ever produced in fact. Formed in 1970 in Boston by Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer and Ray Tabano who was soon replaced by Brad Whitford.
They were signed to Columbia in 1972 and released a string of gold and platinum albums. Their 1975 album Toys In The Attic was the album that really helped them break into the ‘mainstream’ and their follow up album Rocks cemented their status as Rock Gods once and for all although Rocks isn’t personally one of my favourite Aerosmith albums but I’ll tell you why another time.
The band toured extensively throughout the 70s and became notorious for their antics on and off the stage which earned Steven Tyler and Joe Perry the nickname ‘Toxic Twins’ because of the amount of drugs they used.
Sadly drink and drugs tore the band apart and in the late 70s early 80s Joe Perry and Brad Whitford left the band and were replaced by Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay.
The band continued on and released the album Rock In A Hard Place which although it went gold failed to match their previous successes.
Joe Perry and Brad Whitford returned to the band in 1984 and they signed a new deal with Geffen Records and released Done With Mirrors, they’d lost some of their commercial charm I guess because that album didn’t do as well as expected, in fact it wasn’t until 1986 when Aerosmith recorded Walk This Way with Run-D.M.C and released the album Pretty Vacant that they experienced the level of popularity and success they’d experienced in the 1970’s again. Their comeback has been described as one of the most remarkable and spectacular in Rock n Roll history, which I guess in some ways is true but I suppose because I wasn’t alive at the time and I’m only looking at it retrospectively as an Aerosmith fan to me they were always going to have a successful comeback because it’s Aerosmith, how could they not?
Aerosmith are the bestselling Rock Band in the world, they’ve sold over 150 million records worldwide, and they’ve got 25 gold albums, 18 platinum albums and 12 multiplatinum albums. They’ve won a string of certificates and awards and they’re just amazing!
The single Love In An Elevator which is what we’re here to talk about today is a single from their 10th studio album Pump which was released in 1989 on Geffen Records.
Apparently Steven Tyler came up for the concept of the song whilst researching famous battleships specifically the Russian battleship Navarin and an incident that happened on board, as the ship was sinking one of the crew allegedly said “we must live upwards now, for it is downward we head” in Russian, obviously. I question this though because I mean if the ship was going down and they were all about to die there’d be no one there to remember it right?
It’s also claimed that the lyrics were inspired by an incident in an elevator between Steven Tyler and an unknown girl in which they were having sex and the elevator doors opened! Steven Tyler jokes that it felt like a lifetime for the doors to close again!
Let’s take a look at the track list of this truly brilliant single.
- Love In An Elevator – With full going down intro.
- Ain’t Enough
- Young Lust
I actually love all 3 songs and I bet you’re really surprised to hear that… NOT!
Aerosmith truly are one of life’s greatest musical gifts and they’re definitely a band I encourage everyone to listen to at least once in their lives, you won’t be disappointed, I especially recommend Aerosmith to people who are just starting to really explore music,
I accept that Aerosmith isn’t for everyone though, but if you are an Aerosmith fan what’s your favourite Aerosmith track? If you’re not an Aerosmith fan who is your favourite band and why? I’d love to know!
On that note I think I’ll end this post here!
As I said at the top of the post I’ve made a Spotify playlist and put all 3 songs in it so if you want to give it a listen you can. I’m not in any way sponsored by Spotify I just think it’s really cool I can put music players in my posts!
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Have a great day!