RollingStone.com will be premiering Aerosmith’s Music From Another Dimension! album, one track at a time, in the weeks leading up to the November 6th release.
The second track on Aerosmith’s Music From Another Dimension! was written by guitarist Joe Perry back at his Boneyard Studio in suburban Boston. “Oh Yeah” began in a funkier groove than the churning, straight-ahead rocker it would later become, and Tyler wasn’t sold on it at first. He did know he wanted to sing the lyrics himself: “I would die for you baby/ I cry for you baby . . . Won’t ya please give me some of your love?”
By the time album sessions began in Los Angeles, Perry brought it to the band and said, “Let’s do it double-time and make it rock,” he recalls, and singer Steven Tyler kept telling him how much he liked the lyrics. “It didn’t knock me out, but in the meantime Steven kept saying, ‘It’s really good this way.’ Then we’d add more, and it got better and better.” Producer Jack Douglas suggested that Perry and Tyler sing it as a duet, and then the guitarist’s wife, Billie, weighed in.
“Finally, my wife said, ‘Why don’t you let Steven sing the lead on it?’” says Perry now with a grin. “But that’s my song, I like it, I want to sing it! She said, ‘Let Steven sing it.’ She really put her foot down.”READ MORE
Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry on ‘Oh Yeah’: Track-by-Track Premiere was originally published on mycolumbusjack.com