Wednesday, September 7, 2011

THE ROCK SONG OF THE DAY IS: AEROSMITH - DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY)

Dude (Looks Like a Lady)
"Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" is a song by hard rock band Aerosmith. It was released as the first of three singles from the Permanent Vacation album in 1987.

It reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, #41 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart, #4 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and peaked at #45 on the UK Singles Chart. The song was written by lead singer Steven Tyler, lead guitarist Joe Perry and songwriter Desmond Child.

The song, which originally started out as "Cruisin' for a Lady", talks about a male with an effeminate appearance, possibly a drag queen, who is mistaken for a female. Steven Tyler says in the book Walk This Way: The Autobiography of Aerosmith, "One day we met Mötley Crüe, and they're all going, 'Dude!' Dude this and Dude that, everything was Dude. 'Dude (Looks Like a Lady)' came out of that session.".

According to an interview with Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe done for Swedish television, the title of the song originated from a New York bar crawl where Steven Tyler and Vince Neil had drinks at a bar where the waiters were dressed in women's clothes. This, according to Vince Neil, prompted Tyler to comment; "Dude looks like a lady!". Joe Perry came up with the chorus riff, and Tyler came up with the chorus refrain. In his recent book, The Heroin Diaries, Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe claims that the song was specifically inspired by Vince Neil, singer of Mötley Crüe.

The video for Dude (Looks Like a Lady) features the band performing live onstage as well as random moments of characters portraying transvestites, including a cameo appearance by A&R man John Kalodner dressed up in a wedding dress at one point. This is a joke based on the fact that Kalodner always dresses in white. There are also some provocative sexual performances, both by lead singer Steven Tyler as well as an attractive female who has her skirt torn off to reveal an Aerosmith "wings" tattoo on her buttocks. The video was directed by Marty Callner.

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