Aerosmith – Pump (1989)
If it’s not the exact song, it’s pretty close!
Wayne’s World 2 Dream Sequence music (could only find it overdubbed, at 0:17):
Aerosmith’s Water Song (at 0:10):
Considering Aerosmith performed twice in the film, surely Water Song, at the very least, inspired the dream music.
Many groups have a TSN Turning Point album. Metallica went to the barber & released Load. Dylan went electric on Bringing it all Back Home.
Most logic and evidence points to the glossier/inclusion of outside-songwriters/sober-lifestyle/comeback record Permanent Vacation as Aerosmith’s TSN Turning Point. Logic/evidence aside, I still feel Pump is the musically transformational album.
Fittingly, the running order emphasizes this transition from purveyors of ‘cock rock’ to, in the case of Steven Tyler, one day becoming an the American Idol judge.
It begins with rock. Yes, the lads had gotten clean, the sound was more polished, but Aerosmith purists could rest assured that the lyrics were anything but pure. The best song on the album, F.I.N.E., was also its coarsest. Lyrics were not included in Pump’s booklet, but if they had been, there would have been plenty of filth in the sleeve.
The album closer, What It Takes, offers a glimpse of the commercially successful direction the group would take in the 90s, notably their first #1 single I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing. That single was featured prominently in the film Armageddon, a movie dismissed by critics as big & dumb. Some previous Aerosmith fans may also describe much of the group’s efforts from the past two decades with similar adjectives.
It’s tough to please everyone. Early adopters likely prefer Toys In The Attic, the late majority may gravitate towards Get a Grip or stick with the more recent singles. Pump offers a somewhat satisfying present for both camps, linking the group’s raunchy past with its cleaner, bigger future.
From → 1980s