Pink (song)


Pink (song)

Infobox Single |
Name = Pink


Artist = Aerosmith
from Album = Nine Lives
B-side =
Released = 1997
Format = Cassette, CD
Recorded = 1996
Genre = Hard rock
Length = 3:55
Label = Columbia
Writer = Steven Tyler, Richie Supa, Glen Ballard
Producer = Kevin Shirley
Reviews =
Last single = "Hole in My Soul" (1997)
This single = "Pink" (1997)
Next single = "Taste of India" (1998)
"Pink" is a song performed by American hard rock band Aerosmith. It was written by Steven Tyler and professional songwriters Richie Supa and Glen Ballard. It was released as the third major single from "Nine Lives" in 1997.

Track listing

# Pink (The South Beach Mix) – 3:54
# Pink (Album Version) – 3:55
# Taste of India (Album Version) – 5:53

Chart Positions

The song reached #27 on the Billboard Hot 100, #38 in the United Kingdom, and #19 in Latvia. It also topped the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for 4 weeks.

The band re-released the song in the United Kingdom in 1999. The re-released version did much better, reaching #13 there.

Lyric Interpretation and Song Structure

The song is highlighted by a harmonica performance by Steven Tyler at the beginning, as well as a strong bass rhythm throughout the song, and a mix of acoustic guitars and jangling electric guitars throughout the verses. Many of the lines in the verses start with the word "Pink" (i.e. "Pink is my favorite crayon", "Pink is the love you discover", "Pink it's the color of passion," etc.). However, there really is no set chorus/refrain, aside from the phrase "and I think everything is going to be alright no matter what we do tonight".

Music video

The music video for the song used CGI (similar to the style of Michael Jackson's "Black or White" video) to morph characters' faces to other bodies. A variety of random characters mixed in with band members walk down a corridor towards the viewer, morphing into different characters in the process (e.g., Joe Perry and a centaur, a midget version of Brad Whitford, a skeleton of Steven Tyler).

Live in Concert

The song has gained notoriety as a fan favorite and a live gem, and remains one of the only songs from "Nine Lives" consistently played on Aerosmith tours to this day, along with "Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)".

Usage in Other Media

A different version of the song, The South Beach Re-Mix, was included on the career-spanning compilation "O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits".

Japanese edition of the "Pink" single from 'Nine Lives' features six tracks: three mixes of "Pink" (Album Version, The South Beach Mix & Live from the Howard Stern Radio Show), plus live versions of "Falling In Love (Is Hard On The Knees)" & "Walk This Way" recorded in March 1997. As well, there is a techno remix of "Falling in Love (Is Hard On The Knees)" titled Moby Fucked Remix.

It is a bonus playable song in the video game .

Awards

The song won the band their fourth and most recent Grammy award in 1999, for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

Additionally, the video won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Rock Video in 1998.


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