YMMV: Aerosmith

  • Broken Base: Some say the band was better when they were all on drugs (liking everything up to Done With Mirrors), others say they started sucking in the 90s (liking everything up to Pump), still others say they started sucking with Just Push Play, still others like all their material. Also, with the recent fights between Steven and Joe, the fanbase seems to be siding with either Steven or Joe. Also, American Idol: excellent PR move or terrible sell-out move for Steven? You decide.
    • Also, some people don't like that they incorporated outside songwriters (from Desmond Child to Diane Warren and everyone inbetween) and accuse them of selling out.
  • Covered Up: Country Music Fan sez, "Hey, ain't 'Fever' a Garth Brooks song?"
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Steven Tyler singing God Bless America at the 2010 Red Sox opener doubles as this and Crowning Moment of Heartwarming because, for all the crap he went through in 2009, he still sings with so much power and emotion...
    • "Living on the Edge" at the 1994 Castle Donnington Monsters of Rock festival. The outdoor venue is on a main flight path and the band timed the song so that a 747 flew low overhead at the exact point of the musical break in the song before continuing.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Where to begin?
    • Here's three good starting points: Toys in the Attic (the album), Rocks and Pump. From start to finish.
    • "Janie's Got a Gun" and especially the music video for it which still packs a punch even today with the combination of sobering subject matter, stark imagery and emotional resonance.
  • Ear Worm: Many of their songs will play in your head all day long thanks to catchy choruses and Epic Riffs.
  • Epic Riff: "Walk This Way", "Dream On", "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)", "Sweet Emotion" (bass).
  • Face of the Band: Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: "Dude Looks Like a Lady". Look at Steven now.
    • Also hilarious in hindsight from that, is Steven did a dance similar to the dance that Psy did in his song "Gangnam Style."
  • Ho Yay: Joe and Steven. Good Lord, Joe and Steven. An interesting mix with their Vitriolic Best Buds dynamic.
  • I Am Not Shazam: Steven's name is not Aerosmith. This is only really a problem in people that aren't fans of the band or only know Steven as the judge from American Idol. It's still a pretty bad idea to call Steven "Aerosmith" around fans of the band, though.
  • Jumping the Shark: Some would argue that Steven Tyler has done this. Others would argue that he's just giving his 60+ year old body a break by doing something nonstrenuous. Others don't give a shit and just dig the music.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: A lot of people mispronounce the band's name as "Arrow-smith" - it's pronounced "Air-row-smith".
  • Older Than They Think: Because of the band's fade during the early 80s and resurgence in the later part of the decade and the beginning of the 90s, it's not uncommon for younger people to not realize just how long the band has been around, and to only be familiar with their music from the 90s forward.
    • Even for fans, many were surprised to find that the 90s recording of "Sweet Emotion" was a re-recording of a track from Toys In The Attic.
  • The Pete Best: Ray Tabano. He played less than a year with the band before Brad Whitford replaced him, and even before the band recorded anything.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Revolution X was a big hit on the arcade systems, but when they decided to port it to home systems, its... everything... took a massive hit.
  • Stuck in Their Shadow: Aerosmith is divided by fans into the Toxic Twins (frontman Steven Tyler and lead guitarist Joe Perry) and the Less Interesting Three or LI3 (rhythm guitarist Brad Whitford, bassist Tom Hamilton and drummer Joey Kramer). One could make an argument, however, that all five are essential to the band's sound.
    • The Less Interesting Three get some good representation on the classic albums. On Get Your Wings, Kramer co-wrote "Pandora's Box". On Toys in the Attic, Hamilton co-wrote "Sweet Emotion" and Whitford co-wrote "Round and Round". And on Rocks, Whitford co-wrote "Last Child" and "Nobody's Fault" and Hamilton co-wrote "Sick as a Dog". One could almost make the argument that Whitford and Hamilton are responsible for Aerosmith's highest moments on the Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness.
  • Win Back the Crowd: One of the most famous examples in musical history. They were among the defining hard rock bands of the 1970's and had a massive influence on the then-fledgling heavy metal scene. However, the early-80's were anything but kind to the band, as nasty drug addictions and a string of mediocre albums temporarily doomed them to "has-been" status. But, in 1986, the tides turned. They collaborated with Run-D.M.C. to rerecord "Walk This Way" (one of the first notable fusions of rock and hip hop), and 1987's Permanent Vacation further paved the way for a comeback. It finally happened with 1989's Pump. Widely considered to be both their big comeback album and one of the greatest hard rock albums of the late-80's.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: The video for "Pink." It's... confusing.
  • The Woobie: Joey Kramer. So bloody much.
  • Yoko Oh No: Joe left the band in 1979 after a backstage altercation between his and Tom's wife.