These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
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.
"Train Kept A-Rollin'" is essentially a cover of the Yardbirds' cover of a Johnny Burnette and the Rock & Roll Trio cover of a Tiny Bradshaw song. It is the best-known version of that song that will ever be recorded.
"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.
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.
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.
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.