Tuesday, September 25, 2012

What It Takes by Aerosmith

This is love/hate week at the Lost Soul of Rock and Roll where I select songs from artists that I have a love/hate relationship with in my rock and roll universe. The song of the day for September 25, 2012 is 'What It Takes' by Aerosmith. 'What it Takes' was a top ten hit for the band in 1990 and was the last track on their album, Pump.

I selected 'What It Takes' by Aerosmith because Pump was the last album by Aerosmith that I loved. I have hated every album by Aerosmith since then and for some of you, there is no difference between 'good' Aerosmith and 'bad' Aerosmith. I'm an Aerosmith fan, but I'll switch the radio station when I hear songs like 'Crazy', 'Cryin', 'Jaded', and the horrific 'Don't Want To Miss A Thing'. Pump was the last album where I saw Aerosmith as a great rock band, while everything released after Pump sounded like a band desperately clinging to fame while pumping out mindless material.

Aerosmith was one of my favorite bands in high school and they were my first rock concert. I saw them in Columbus, Ohio during the Pump tour of 1990, and they rocked Cooper Stadium. My wife and I saw Aerosmith in concert in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2002, and they did a pretty good job that night. They blew the roof off the sucka when they opened with 'Toys in the Attic', but it seemed to me that after awhile another band took the stage and started playing songs like 'Pink' and 'Livin' on the Edge'. It was a true love/hate night for The Lost Soul of Rock and Roll. They did play 'What it Takes' and it was a really good performance. I don't know how you feel about Aerosmith but enjoy today's song.   

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