Night in the Ruts

Night in the Ruts
Night in the Ruts
Studio album by Aerosmith
Released November 1, 1979
Recorded Spring-Summer 1979
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal[1]
Length 35:41
Label Columbia
Producer Aerosmith
Aerosmith chronology
Draw the Line
Night in the Ruts
Rock in a Hard Place
Singles from Night in the Ruts
  1. "Remember (Walking in the Sand)"
    Released: 1979
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau (C+)[2]
Rolling Stone 1/5 stars [3]

Night in the Ruts is the sixth album by American rock band Aerosmith.

Joe Perry left the band midway through the recording of the album. The album was initially produced at the Bands Warehouse/Rehearsal space by Jack Douglas who had produced Aerosmith's previous four albums, but later, Columbia Records brought in Gary Lyons to replace Douglas as the producer.

About halfway through the recording of the album, due to mounting debt and the need for the band to generate an income, the record label and management set Aerosmith out on another tour without extra time to finish the album, which pushed the album to being released later in the year. Joe Perry left the band mid-way through the tour, after a violent feud involving the band members and their wives, and as drug abuse intensified within the band. Prior to his departure, Perry had completed guitar parts for "No Surprize", "Chiquita", "Cheese Cake", "Three Mile Smile" and "Bone to Bone (Coney Island White Fish Boy)". The guitar parts for the remaining songs were recorded by Brad Whitford, Richie Supa, Neil Thompson, and Jimmy Crespo (who later became Perry's official replacement from 1979 to 1984).

Despite some critical acclaim and early success, the album quickly fell down the charts. The album has since achieved platinum status. Promo videos for "No Surprize" and "Chiquita" were filmed (featuring Perry's replacement Jimmy Crespo); however, these videos received little television airplay. "Chiquita" is available on the band's Video Scrapbook VHS and laserdisc release.

The title is an intentional spoonerism of the phrase "right in the nuts", which was subsequently the title of the tour[citation needed], and was shown on the back artwork for the album.


Track listing

Side one

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "No Surprize"   Steven Tyler, Joe Perry 4:25
2. "Chiquita"   Tyler, Perry 4:24
3. "Remember (Walking in the Sand)"   Shadow Morton 4:03
4. "Cheese Cake"   Tyler, Perry 4:15

Side two

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Three Mile Smile"   Tyler, Perry 3:40
2. "Reefer Head Woman"   Joe Bennett, Jazz Gillum, Lester Melrose 4:03
3. "Bone to Bone (Coney Island White Fish Boy)"   Tyler, Perry 2:58
4. "Think About It"   Keith Relf, Jimmy Page, Jim McCarty 3:31
5. "Mia"   Tyler 4:15


Additional personnel


  • Producers: Aerosmith, Gary Lyons
  • Executive producer: David Krebs
  • Engineer: Gary Lyons
  • Mastering: Vic Anesini, George Marino
  • Direction: David Krebs, Steve Leber
  • Creative supervision: Keith Garde
  • Art supervisor: Joel Zimmerman
  • Art direction: Kosh
  • Design: Kosh, Lisa Sparagano
  • Cover art concept: Styler
  • Photography: Jimmy Ienner, Jr., Jim Shea


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1979 The Billboard 200 14

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1979 "Remember (Walking in the Sand)" The Billboard Hot 100 67


Organization Level Date
RIAA - USA Gold[4] March 13, 1980
Platinum[4] October 28, 1994
CIA – Canada Gold Dec 01, 1977


External links

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