For this week’s Twisted Mix tape, Jen challenged us to create a “Best Of” list for any band.
This is tricky for me, as I am pretty much a fan of all genres of music, and wasn’t sure who to pick.
So, I started going through my iTunes to see who I had the most of and which would make a good list.
I’m from Jersey, so maybe Bon Jovi or Springsteen.
But, then I figured those were obvious choices.
I looked at Pearl Jam which made me think maybe I’d just do Eddie Vedder, but then he’s not a band if I’m doing his solo stuff, but maybe that was okay.
If that was okay, then perhaps Justin Timberlake, because…seriously…Justin Timberlake.
Then I started thinking, maybe I’d go old school. I scrolled through Zeppelin, the Beach Boys, Metallica, Guns-n-Roses, Clapton.
I almost did the Beatles, but the truth is, one of my favorite albums growing up was Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and I knew all of the songs that I would pick would be from that album.
So, I asked Real Man to help me figure out my favorite band.
He said that it was Aerosmith.
He reminded me that over the course of my life, the band I have gravitated to the most is Aerosmith.
So, here is, (according to me), the best of Aerosmith:
“Dream On” was released two days after my first birthday.
I like to think that it was a present to me from the band.
I know it might be noise to some, but by the time they get to the end and Steven Tyler is screaming “Dream On! Dream On!” you realize you’ve been holding your breath because they’ve been building to it the whole time.
I also love “Home Tonight” which a softer side to the boys.
Here are the boys mixing the two at a concert.
“Walk this Way” and “Sweet Emotion” also make me stop the scan on the radio every time.
I like both versions of “Walk this Way.”
The original and the pairing with Run D.M.C. version.
“Round and Round” is another that I always liked, but you really don’t hear it very often, so it’s one you need to find on your own to hear it.
I love “Mia” as well.
Again, another that isn’t played a lot on mainstream or even classic rock stations, but I like it.
It’s hard for me to choose favorites from some of their albums.
Permanent Vacation, Pump, Get a Grip, Nine Lives, and Just Push Play were all albums that I played so many times (although, at this point, they were CD’s) that they began to skip and wear out.
I don’t remember if it was Nine Lives or Get a Grip, but one of the two also had an interactive DVD portion that you could play on your computer, and you could be the drummer to the song. Early Guitar Hero-ish, I guess.
My poor keyboard.
I remember my roommates thinking I was insane, but oh, how I loved it.
I loved them all, but I’ll admit to being a fan to almost all of the songs from those albums that went platinum.
“Love in an Elevator,” “Rag Doll,” “Dude Looks Like a Lady,” “Crazy,” “Amazing,” “Janie’s Got a Gun,” “Living on the Edge,” “Cryin,” “Pink,” “Jaded,” etc.
“Falling in Love is Hard on the Knees” is one of my all-time favorites.
I love the beat…it’s just a good, driving beat.
I’ll be honest…I wasn’t overly impressed with their 2012 album release, but with that exception, I have loved most of what they’ve produced over the course of my life.
Not everything, of course, but most of it.
Real Man was right in that I have gravitated to them the most over the course of my life, but I’m not sure if it’s because they have been so prolific. The more you produce, the more there is for me to like.
However, I guess the more there is for me to not like, as well, so job well done, Aerosmith.