Although writing a song may seem easy at first glance, recording it is a whole other story. I mean, unless you were born and raised in the DIY school of record production, the amount of blood, sweat and tears poured into a classic rock song can take months or even years , to reach its final shape.
However, every once in a while you get that flash in an instant.
Despite all the massive studio time that went into these records, these songs were actually done in record time when faced with more laborious stuff. Compared to some of the more outlandish bands like Queen or Radiohead, the time it took for these songs to actually be pressed onto plastic is shorter than it would have taken us to cook ourselves breakfast.
That’s not to say these aren’t a little rough around the edges either, with many of the recordings actually capturing some of the sloppy delivery that went into creating these tracks.
Regardless of speed though, these songs were still able to capture a certain moment in time for these artists that we will treasure for generations to come.
In the early 70s, Aerosmith really seemed to come into its own on Toys in the Attic. Written just as Steven Tyler and Joe Perry were refining their approach to songwriting, records like the title track and Walk This Way became the blueprint for what they would become in the future. However, the band’s most telling song from that era was actually brought up as an afterthought at the end of the recording.
Knowing that they needed one more song to complete the record, producer Jack Douglas suggested that whoever had a spare riff should work on it over the next few days. Going through one of the great bass lines in rock history, Tom Hamilton’s groove ended up becoming the basis of Sweet Emotion, with Tyler filling in lyrics about his strained relationship with Perry’s girlfriend at the era.
Seeking to be just a tongue-in-cheek joke for the back half of the record, Emotion became a whole different beast once brought into the studio, as the band added everything from backwards music to sugar shakers on the intro to get just the right tribal sound for the final mix. Little did we know this was just the beginning of Aerosmith’s rise to the top of the rock world.