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The rockers, struggling with drugs and low record sales, don’t know what to make of Rubin’s pitch. Now, Steven is a drummer at heart and he’s very inventive and creative. I was the road manager, the head of the logistical part of this war. It was one of the worst days of my life, because I was the first to get a credit card. But let’s give it a try.” I know Steven was upset because they didn’t know the lyrics. I didn’t want to get into a big fight with the guys. ” They said, “No, D, man.” It was just one after another. Switch up like you all do.” That’s how I got Joe Perry was brilliant. And I remember just thinking how Run and D didn’t like the lyrics and here’s the guy who wrote the song. He comes up with the idea of a physical wall separating Tyler and Perry from Run-DMC. It was his idea to build that set and put the wall up. It doesn’t mean you don’t play Sly and the Family Stone and you don’t play Jimi Hendrix. It wasn’t like we were waiting for the next Run-DMC record.
But on a Sunday in March, they meet in a Manhattan recording studio to create what will become one of the most important songs of the modern pop era. But then you have to take into consideration that Steven would probably take credit for everything that’s on every Aerosmith record. Being Sunday afternoon, there was absolutely no one on the street. I heard a direct connection between what they were doing and the blues. They were against doing “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.” It was becoming more and more obvious that what Run-DMC and what rap music was doing was special. I did not want a concocted, white, obvious thing to break the levee. I tried to show them a couple lyrics and they got it but it was clear to me, when I told them what the words were, that they were used to singing it their way and they wanted to sing it that way. I’m running around, acting like I don’t care because I don’t know what I’m doing and why I’m singing this hillbilly stuff. I felt like I knew a lot of information that a lot of other people in the room didn’t know and it was making me uncomfortable. Jay yelled at Run and D and said, “You’re going to look like chumps if you don’t come in and recut it.” Jay got it on a musical level. As the music gets rolling, Tyler smashes the wall with his microphone stand and the groups come together. So with a bunch of assistants I knocked on the windows of the cars — most of them were girls — and told them to go to the backstage door. And he said, “I’ll saw a hole in the wall and you just hit that spot.” If you watch the video, the way I go up and f---ing try to smash and knock a hole through the wall, it didn’t budge.
This is the oral history of Run-DMC’s cover of “Walk This Way.” (Some responses have been edited for length and clarity.) It’s Dec. sat down at the drums and played something a little bit different than Joey was doing. When we got to 42nd Street, “Young Frankenstein” was playing in one of those theaters. and I listened to it and felt like there was something missing. All you had to do was have a boombox and some wit and some talent. “Backstroke lover always hidin’ ’neath the covers.” What are we talking about? We don’t know why we’re using somebody else’s lyrics. You know how you make a kid sit down and eat his vegetables? I went out looking for a location and found what I needed in Union City, New Jersey. We announced on the radio that Aerosmith was going to be at the theater and I needed an audience. Whoever was supposed to saw it didn’t really saw all the way through.
15, 1974, and Perry, Aerosmith’s 24-year-old lead guitarist, is messing with a riff before a gig in Honolulu. Tyler, originally a drummer but now the band’s singer, jumps up when he hears the jam. And Steven heard it and I think he came up onstage and . The whole band went in to see the movie, and when that line came up — “Walk this way” — we were all in hysterics. That idea worked simultaneously with this conversation about how hip-hop and rap music was not music. Aaron got into it as much as a Jewish white kid could. But our love for music and trying new things far surpassed that. And a way to express yourself, which is what they were doing on the street corner. They’d be on the street in the day or in the juke joint at night. “Oh, hell no, you sit down and eat those greens.” And it takes the kid an hour to eat one green at a time? The funny thing is, when I got there in the morning, all that were outside were tons of black kids. So I was walking around and I saw all these white kids in their cars.
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Blow’s manager was a young music promoter named Russell Simmons. And he also knew that the more unique the idea, the more likely it was to achieve success. As Run-DMC builds an audience, a group of past-their-prime rockers from Boston find themselves struggling.
Joseph Simmons, Russell’s little brother, would DJ for Blow. He never bought into this idea that you had to follow a mold that other people had made in order to succeed creatively. I had no idea he was going to be the greatest producer of all time. In 1979, Perry quit Aerosmith after a backstage fight with Tyler.
And when it’s shallow that means it is mild accompaniment in the song. We loved [“Walk This Way”] because it was rock-and-roll. That was an oversight by the critics and the journalists and an awful lot of the people who were trying to make judgment calls on what rap was and wasn’t. They just knew the DJ was doing something and the rapper was on top of it and the dancers were on top of it. He needed something to break the mold, and I was like: “Barry, just put this record on the radio. Before long, they were partners in Def Jam Recordings, a label run out of Rubin’s room at NYU. In the middle of the night, you would see him walking across the lobby from getting some food and he would be wearing a wool hat, sunglasses and leg warmers. He was also going to listen to the punk rock and the hardcore that was around and he dug the hell out of that, and I think he was disappointed that stuff didn’t break through.
That “Toys in the Attic,” when I got that it was relatively new. A lot of them didn’t delve into the alchemy of what was used by the DJ. [Program director] Frankie Crocker was the king of New York. We always thought he was a weird figure, but then when you began talking to him, you saw he had this encyclopedic knowledge about music and film. He saw rap breaking through in the way that punk and hardcore did not.
What I remember about “Walk This Way” is going to my cousin’s wedding that summer and it got played at the wedding.