7-28240 Dude (Looks Like A Lady)
Produced by Bruce Fairbairn
Released on September 1987
US CHART POSITION #14 (charted Oct. 3, 1987 for 10 weeks) . . .
UK CHART POSITION #45
Find it at GEMM
7-28240 w. picture sleeve
[high resolution scan]

K ronomyth 11.1: VINCE, NEIL AND BOB. Aerosmith hooked up with Bon Jovi producer Bruce Fairbairn, Geffen engaged the services of professional songwriter Desmond “You Give Rock a Bad Name” Child, Marty Callner directed a video showing Steven Tyler in fishnet pants humping his microphone stand, and I barfed a little in my mouth. I mean, dude, what the hell, at least Vince Neil wears pants. Some of the time, anyway. I’m including pajamas in there, but you get the point. The first time I heard this song, I thought Tyler was talking about himself; you know, like Bob Seger in “Turn The Page.” But the song is allegedly about Motley Crue lead singer Vince Neil, or an encounter that Aerosmith had with a woman they invited inside their van (yeah, like that story was going to end well), or some combination of the two. In some ways, the song is like a modern-day Lola (with the caveat that Dude isn’t fit to carry Lola’s jock strap) since the singer apparently goes the distance even after the discovery. At least, that’s what I got out of the lyrics. Well, I didn’t get anything out of “Or who you gonna love by your lover,” since that doesn’t make any sense, but the lyrics that did make sense seemed to be down with the whole idea of a guy in drag. Again, not really sure where Vince Neil fits into all of this, and I’m trying very hard not to think about it. Penguins being eaten by polar bears. There, that’s better.

TRACK LISTING

  1. DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY)    (Steven Tyler/Joe Perry/Desmond Child)    4:23
  2. SIMORIAH    (Steve Tyler/Joe Perry/Jim Vallance)    3:21

    UK 12-inch single
  3. DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY)
  4. SIMORIAH
  5. ONCE IS ENOUGH

    US 12-inch single
  6. DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY)
  7. SIMORIAH
  8. ONCE IS ENOUGH
  9. THE MOVIE

    US 12-inch promo single
  10. DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) (EXTENDED ROCKIN' DUDE MIX)
  11. DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) (ROCKIN' DUDE EDIT)
  12. DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) (URBAN DUDE MIX)
  13. DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) (ACAPELLA)

CREDITS

Mike Fraser -- engineer, mixing
Bob Rock -- engineer
Neal Preston -- photography
Andy Engel -- illustration

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US September 1987 Geffen 7" 7-28240 picture sleeve
US 1987 Geffen 12 0-20751  
US 1987 Geffen 12PRO 2882  
UK 1987 Geffen 7"/12 GEF-29/29T  

 

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