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Jared Jernagan

The disappointment of my week

Posted Thursday, November 12, 2009, at 4:56 PM
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  • While no fan of Aerosmith, I do believe your anger is clouding you judgement on several points.

    First, I would argue with the rarified air of hard rock bands including Van Halen and Kiss. If anything Black Sabbath or Deep Purple would rank ahead of those two bands, as well as Aerosmith.

    Aerosmith belongs more in line with Van Halen as far as their peak periods. The difference comes in their second phases. Van Hagar had a few hits, none of which were as ubiquitous as Cryin, Crazy, Angel, Amazin, Janie's Got a Gun, Love in an Elevator, Pink, etc. Here they became a cartoon version of a band, but a hugely successful one at that.

    Someone in your age range should remember their appeal to an adolescent. They were Jimmy's first rock band in their second incarnation, arbitors of Saturday morning videos. They got a lot of kids to first base and introduced the world to Liv Tyler and Alicia Silverstone (a good thing at the time) while Van Halen reintroduced the world to Fat Valerie Bertinelli and Gary Cherone.

    The band should realize that it is now over, but shoudln't be hated for managing to be Thin Lizzy and Bon Jovi all in one career just because it seems inauthentic. I don't think anyone attributes true greatness to Aerosmith, they've been around forever and everyone likes at least a couple of Aerosmith songs. They've been a more constant physical prescence in America's culture than VU, Ramones, etc. and that gives them notoriety if nothing else. And by the way, where the hell were Last Child or Same Old Song and Dance in your top 5. Draw the Line?

    -- Posted by JuanPaulJones on Mon, Dec 14, 2009, at 2:09 PM
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