Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Post #53 Poll Winner: Favorite Aerosmith album of the 80's.
The 1980's were a rough ride for Aerosmith. This decade saw the band break up, fall to new lows as they gave in to substance abuse, former members tried to launch solo projects, the band eventually reunited, committed themselves to rehab, got clean & sober, and resurrected their career in stellar fashion. Their '89 release, PUMP, was the cherry-on-top.

From my personal perspective, Pump was the first album the band released since I became a fan. Myself, like so many others of my generation, I thought I'd discovered a great new rock band, and would later discover that these guys had actually been rockin' since '73! Nonetheless, it was the songs from Pump that truly made me a fan for life. Aerosmith had found a way to thrive in the late 80's without selling out completely to the hair-metal fad, but more importantly, had gotten through rehab with their "band-of-brothers" mentality intact.

After their reunion, they recorded Done With Mirrors; a mediocre album where they pretty much went through the motions but had not yet gotten sober. Permanent Vacation was their first clear-headed effort in years, and reeled in a ton of new fans. Pump was the perfection of their new-found creativity, their crowning achievement of the decade.

My recommended songs from this hits-packed album:
-Love In An Elevator
-Young Lust
-What It Takes
-The Other Side
-Monkey On My Back
-Janie's Got A Gun

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