Dude (Looks Like a Lady)
"Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" Single by Aerosmith from the album Permanent Vacation B-side "Once is Enough" or "Simoriah" Released October 1987
Format Cassette, CD, Record Recorded 1987 Genre Hard rock Length 4:24 Label Geffen Writer(s) Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Desmond Child Producer Bruce Fairbairn Aerosmith singles chronology "Darkness"
"Dude (Looks Like a Lady)"
"Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" is a song by United States hard rock band Aerosmith. It was released as the first of three singles from the Permanent Vacation album in 1987. It reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, #41 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart, #4 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and peaked at #45 on the UK Singles Chart. The song was written by lead singer Steven Tyler, lead guitarist Joe Perry and songwriter Desmond Child.
The song, which originally started out as "Cruisin' for a Lady", talks about a male with an effeminate appearance, possibly a drag queen, who is mistaken for a female. Steven Tyler says in the book Walk This Way: The Autobiography of Aerosmith, "One day we met Mötley Crüe, and they're all going, 'Dude!' Dude this and Dude that, everything was Dude. 'Dude (Looks Like a Lady)' came out of that session.".
According to an interview with Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe done for Swedish television, the title of the song originated from a New York bar crawl where Steven Tyler and Vince Neil had drinks at a bar where the waiters were dressed in women's clothes. This, according to Vince Neil, prompted Tyler to comment; "Dude looks like a lady!".
Joe Perry came up with the chorus riff, and Tyler came up with the chorus refrain.
The video for Dude (Looks Like a Lady) features the band performing live onstage as well as random moments of characters portraying transvestites, including a cameo appearance by A&R man John Kalodner dressed up in a wedding dress at one point. This is a joke based on the fact that Kalodner always dresses in white.
There are also some provocative sexual performances, both by lead singer Steven Tyler as well as an attractive female who has her skirt torn off to reveal an Aerosmith "wings" tattoo on her buttocks. The video was directed by Marty Callner.
"Dude" picked up two MTV Video Music Award nominations in 1988 (the first for the band). It was nominated for Best Group Video and Best Stage Performance, but failed to gain the wins. The band made up for it eventually, winning over 10 "moon-men" and 4 Grammys in the 1990s.
The song has long been a staple on both rock radio and in concert, as the band has regularly rotated it into their setlists over the years.
The song has been featured on a number of subsequent compilations by Aerosmith including Big Ones, O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits, Devil's Got a New Disguise and the live album A Little South of Sanity.
In 1993, the song was prominently featured in the film Mrs. Doubtfire, during a montage of the main character bonding with his family in disguise as a woman. The song was also used in the film's TV ads.
The song was also featured in the movie It's Pat where the title character (played by Julia Sweeney) sings it at karaoke at their wedding reception. The song fits in with the running joke throughout the film, in reference to Pat's gender confusion.
The song was performed live by the band in the movie Wayne's World 2 and is featured on the soundtrack for the film.
The video for Dude (Looks Like a Lady) is featured on the karaoke game Singstar Vol. 2 for PS3.
Aerosmith singles discography 1970s"Mama Kin" • "Dream On" • "Same Old Song and Dance" • "Train Kept A-Rollin'" • "S.O.S. (Too Bad)" • "Sweet Emotion" • "Toys in the Attic" • "Walk This Way" • "You See Me Crying" • "Last Child" • "Home Tonight" • "Back in the Saddle" • "Draw the Line" • "Kings and Queens" • "Get It Up" • "Come Together" • "Chip Away the Stone" • "Remember (Walking in the Sand)" 1980s 1990s"What It Takes" • "The Other Side" • "Monkey on My Back" • "Love Me Two Times" • "Helter Skelter" • "Sweet Emotion" (re-release) • "Livin' on the Edge" • "Eat the Rich" • "Fever" • "Cryin'" • "Amazing" • "Shut Up and Dance" • "Deuces Are Wild" • "Crazy" • "Blind Man" • "Walk on Water" • "Nine Lives" • "Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)" • "Hole in My Soul" • "Pink" • "Taste of India" • "Full Circle" • "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" • "What Kind of Love Are You On" 2000s
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