We have a little break here from the album reviews in the Aerosmith Collection Series. As it turns out, I have 4 singles from ‘Permanent Vacation’ and we are going to go through those over the next few weeks. First up is the second single from the album “Dude (Looks Like A Lady)” and this one is a two for the price of one treat as I have both a 7″ Single and a 12″ Maxi-Single of the song. Since I don’t want to completely bore you to tears with two separate posts on the same song, I decided to them both together in one giant treat.
7″ Promo Single:
First up we will tackle the 7″ Single. My version is the the Promo Copy of the song so the A-Side and B-Side are the same song. Since this is 1987, both versions are the stereo version and not one of them being a Mono like in the earlier years. The song was released as a single on September 22, 1987 and did really well for the band. It brought them back to the mainstream after years of filling up the discount rack. The song went to #12 on the Billboard Top 40 and was a regular on MTV.
The song started out as a song called “Cruisin’ for a Lady”, but thanks to help from co-write Desmond Child, we got “Dude (Looks Like a Lady)”. The song is about a man that goes in to a strip club and falls for one of the dancers. They go back stage and she whips out her gun and is actually a man. The song inspiration actually came from the band seeing this blonde beauty at the far end of a bar and it turning out to be Vince Neil from Motley Crue.
However, the song did have some controversy since it was about a transvestite and a lot of people felt it was a little transphobic in its lyrics. The band says it isn’t at all and that is actually accepting of that fact. And with Desmond Child being openly gay and a co-writer along with Perry and Tyler, I would lean toward the song being more accepting.
It is an upbeat rocker with some killer guitar work by both Whitford and Perry, it has a horn section that livens the song up even more. Tyler’s killer vocals and his well designed screams and noises turns this in to a totally fun rocker that caught hold of everyone’s good time spirit no one cared that it was about a woman that was really a man. I think everyone enjoyed it for what it was. A song that celebrated having a good time no matter what or who you were.
I also have a copy of the 12″ Maxi-Single and if you know what a Maxi-Single is then you know what you are going to get. You don’t usually get the normal song, you get several different re-mixed versions of the song and usually one is a dance mix. And that is what we get with this one. We get 4 different re-mixes along with one song from the album, “Simoriah”.
Side One kicks off with “The Urban Dude Mix”. Being the “Urban” mix, you’d expect a lot of heavy beats and electronic music and you wouldn’t be disappointed then because that is what you get. And it goes on for 6:45 which is a long time considering the original version is only 4:24. They added a long instrumental piece at the front and it was over a minute before Steven comes in to sing. The second version on is the “Dude This Way Mix” and I think they call it that is there are some “Walk This Way” elements but probably from the Run DMC version. The song is actually shortened to 3:57 and doesn’t have much guitar and is all electronic and bass along with Steven’s vocals. It is labelled as “A Cappella” but there are sounds other then Tyler’s vocals.
The final track on Side one is the album version of “Simoriah” which is pure old school rock track and is a Tyler, Perry and Jim Vallance penned track. It is full of riffs and Tyler’s vocals totally soars and screams. It is nothing fancy, just solid playing and singing. I have to say that I don’t really ever remember this song after I hear it though and has a little filler status for me.
Side 2 only has two mixes on it. The first is the “Extended Rockin’ Dude Mix”. Extended of course means longer and it clocks in at 5:47. It has more real drums and guitars in it and the instrumental pieces are drawn out more. We get a lot of Steven singing “Dude (Looks Like a Lady)” before we actually get to the verses. For these types of singles, you have to really enjoy the significant changes to the song to make it worth you purchasing. I don’t mind them, but for me it is more about collecting and having the different versions that is about the quality of the mixes.
The final mix is the “Rockin’ Dude Edit” which is like the one before it only shorter at 3:53. This one is more like the original version than any of the others. The long instrumental breaks are cut-out or shortened tremendously. This one will be more for the purists.
And that is it for the two singles. We still have two more singles to go and you can see below which one is up next. Thanks for hanging around.
UP NEXT: “ANGEL” (1987) – 7″ Single – Bonus Edition
THE AEROSMITH COLLECTION SERIES:
- ‘Aerosmith’ (1973)
- ‘Get Your Wings’ (1974)
- ‘Toys in the Attic’ (1975)
- ‘Rocks’ (1976)
- ‘Draw the Line’ (1977)
- ‘Live! Bootleg’ (1978)
- ‘Night in the Ruts’ (1979)
- ‘Greatest Hits’ (1980)
- ‘Rock in a Hard Place’ (1982)
- ‘Done With Mirrors’ (1985)
- Run DMC – “Walk This Way” 12″ Single (1986)
- ‘Classics Live!’ (1986)
- ‘Classics Live! II’ (1987)
- ‘Permanent Vacation’ (1987)
- “Dude (Looks Like A Lady)” (1987) – 7″ Single & 12″ Maxi-Single (Bonus Edition)
- “Angel” (1988) – 7″ Single (Bonus Edition)
- “Rag Doll” (1988) – 7″ Single (Bonus Edition)
- ‘Gems’ (1988)
- ‘Pump’ (1989)
- ‘Pandora’s Box’ (1991)
- ‘Get a Grip’ (1993)
- ‘Nine Lives’ (1997)
- ‘A Little South of Sanity’ (1998)
- ‘Just Push Play’ (2001)
- ‘Honkin on Bobo’ (2004)
- ‘Rockin’ The Joint (2005)
- ‘Music From Another Dimension’ (2012)
- ‘1971: The Road Starts Hear’ (2021)
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