Should We All Hate Aerosmith?
High on Fire’s Matt Pike appears to hate Aerosmith more than you’ve ever hated anything ever:
I’ve just always had this thing with Aerosmith. The guy sounds like a goat. [Bleating.] “Baaa, baaa, dude looks…” It just gets under my skin. I have this button called the off button or the mute button that I call the Aerosmith button on all my stereos. I just have this weird thing with Aerosmith, where I don’t even care what people say about their old shit. I think they’re the crappiest, most overrated shit band of all time. And I fucking can’t stand them. [Laughs.] And that particular song gets under my skin to where I want to stab people.
The song he is referring to is “Dude (Looks Like a Lady).” I’ve always been fairly neutral on Aerosmith, but this man (I admit to knowing nothing about High on Fire or Matt Pike) does make some good points. Bad Aerosmith is really, really bad. “Dude (Looks Like a Lady)” is a stupid song, but have you ever listened to “Pink” all the way through? I bet you haven’t because it’s terrible. The same goes for “Rag Doll,” “Mama Kin,” and “Eat the Rich,” to name a few other Aerosmith hits that do nothing but make me change the station. And don’t even bring up that song from Armageddon. Jesus. That song…
I lost a lot of respect for Aerosmith when I saw them live about 3 years ago. I know that one shouldn’t expect too much from a band that has been touring since the 70s, but I’ve also seen the Stones within the past decade, and they can still bring it. Aerosmith did not bring it. They were embarrassing. Steven Tyler’s voice is still ok, but the whole thing had the feel of a bad Vegas act. The real horror came about halfway through when, well, I’ll let Mr. Pike explain it:
Oh God, I saw a live show. We played at some festival they played on. They were the headliner, of course, and Joe Perry had his little Guitar Hero videogame, and he did a guitar solo with his fucking videogame guy. It’s cartoon him and real him having a guitar-off. That made me want to puke, too.
Yep, that happened. Joe Perry, one of the world’s great guitarists, had an onstage guitar battle with the animated version of himself. He did this in front of people. Have we all just been giving them too much credit for making “Dream On” forty years ago? Maybe we have, but man do I still love “Crazy.” Oh, and “Cryin’,” and “What it Takes,” and “Livin’ On the Edge,” and, oh hell, nevermind. I still like Aerosmith. Crap.