Here are some direct quotes from the band
|"When you start a rock n' roll band, you've gotta
fake it before you make it. You begin doin' what you love-and what you
love is usually what some other people have already done. It just
depends on how much of a fool you make of yourself along the way to
finding your own sound, assuming you find it." -Steven
|"I remember reading in a newspaper, in like 1976,
and there's this article in there about how disgusting rock lyrics are,
and they used 'Walk This Way' as an example of how lyrics should be nice
and wholesome. I couldn't believe it. Obviously, they didn't get the
meaning of 'you ain't seen nothin' till you're down on the muffin'."
Tyler, on "Walk This Way"
|"For me this song sums up the shit you put up with
when you're a new band. Only one in fifty people who write about you
pick up on the music. Most of the critics panned our first album, and
said we were ripping off the Stones. And I think Dream on is a great
song, but it was two or three years before people really got a chance to
hear it. That's a good barometer of my anger at the press, which I still
have. Dream on came of me playing the piano when I was about seventeen
or eighteen, and I didn't know anything about writing a song. It was
just this little...sonnet that I started playing one day. I never
thought then it would end up being a real song or
anything." -Steven Tyler,
on "Dream on"
|"I was listening to a tape of Dr. Demento given me
by an old friend of ours called Zonk, and I heard this song, which is
originally from like 1936. The big rumor is that I say, 'Suck on my big
10 inch' on the record. I don't. I'm saying 'cept' - as in except - not
'suck.' But no one in the whole world believes me." -Steven
Tyler, on "Big Ten Inch Record"
|"A Coney Island White Fish is a scumbag. When you
lived by the Hudson river like I did, you always saw these things
floating by on their way to the sea. They were rubbers-guys would tie 'em
up and they'd just keep floating. And that, boys and girls, is a Coney
Island White Fish." -Steven
Tyler, on "Bone To Bone (Coney Island White Fish Boy)"
|"...totally F.U.B.A.R. - fucked up beyond all
recognition" -Steven Tyler, on his
|"I think what we wanted to do, without ever really
saying it, was to be the American equivalent of all the great British
bands like Cream, the Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin, says
Hamilton. "They were all so classy and powerful
sounding. We couldn't think of an American band like that. We wanted to
be the first one." Adds Tyler,
"Right from the beginning there was magic in this goddamn
|"Steven and Joe had an argument the first night
about Joe's playing too loud...and so began an Aerosmith
tradition." -Tom Hamilton, on
Aerosmith's first gig
|"We were America's band. We were the garage band
that made it really big - the ultimate party band. We were the guys who
you could actually see. Back then in the Seventies, it wasn't like Led
Zeppelin was out there on the road in America all the time. The Stones
weren't always coming to your town. We were. You could count on us to
come by. -Joe Perry
|"Another example of me insisting I can sing."
on "South Station Blues"
|"We were never the hip band. And that was fine
with us. But all the bad press did get to be a burr in our saddles. But
the truth is that 15,000 kids screaming for you at the Boston Garden
goes a long way to making a bad review look like the piece of shit that
it is." -Joe Perry
|"Both Jimmy and I recorded solos for this song.
Steven liked Jimmy's solo better and his is the one that you hear on the
record, and I'm still pissed about it."
-Brad Whitford, on "Three Mile Smile"
|"That's the sound of Joey, Tom, and I,
entertaining ourselves during the DRAW THE LINE sessions while we were
waiting for Steven and Joe to wake up and get their shit together."
Whitford, on "Krawhitham"
|"This is one of the songs that I really liked
where Steven does his little storytelling bit about life within the
band. It's him talking honestly about an interesting slice of the
Aerosmith history. -Brad Whitford,
on "No More No More"
|"Steven is really funny.
Like, he's got three or four grand tied up in a stereo system with four
track recorders in his living room and he sleeps on the floor on a
pillow. He doesn't have a bed!" -Joey
Kramer on Why Joey Gave Steven The Gift of a Bed
|"I can remember Tom and me drillin' on the one way
street shuffle' until we drove the old lady downstairs crazy. Tom on his
bass and me on a kitchen chair and a pedal on a cardboard box."
-Joey Kramer, on "One Way Street"