by Locker Room contributor
Sorry, but Pink Floyd isn’t a rock band. They’re an adult contemporary band on Valium. They’re audio Ambien. “Us… us… us.. us… and… Zzzzzzz…..”
Aerosmith had a few good songs on their first two releases, but top to bottom they weren’t in the same universe as the force of nature that was Lynyrd Skynyrd. Compare each album cut for cut. Aerosmith has a bunch of forgettable stuff: “Lord of the Thighs”, “Woman of the World”, “Make It”, etc.
I think only two or three songs from Aerosmith’s first two albums made it onto their greatest hits collection, and certainly no more than that would be recognized by any general rock and roll fan. But look at the number of FM standards on Pronounced and Second Helping: “Gimme Three Steps”, “Simple Man”, “Free Bird”, “Tuesday’s Gone”, “Sweet Home Alabama,” “The Ballad of Curtis Loew”, and “Call Me The Breeze”.
The first three songs of Pronounced are “I Ain’t The One”, “Tuesday’s Gone”, and “Gimme Three Steps”. Three Greatest Hits tunes and two classics right there. The first three songs of Aerosmith are “Make It”, “Somebody”, and “Dream On.” Ugh.
The demo version of Free Bird, in which the guitarist broke a string a few notes into the solo and the rythym section just kept playing without him, is better than most of what Aerosmith put out in ’73 and ’74.