- Pink (song)
Infobox Single |
Name = Pink
from Album = Nine Lives
Released = 1997
Format = Cassette, CD
Recorded = 1996
Length = 3:55
Label = Columbia
Steven Tyler, Richie Supa, Glen Ballard
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 rockband Aerosmith. It was written by Steven Tylerand professional songwriters Richie Supa and Glen Ballard. It was released as the third major single from "Nine Lives" in 1997.
# Pink (The South Beach Mix) – 3:54
# Pink (Album Version) – 3:55
# Taste of India (Album Version) – 5:53
The song reached #27 on the
Billboard Hot 100, #38 in the United Kingdom, and #19 in Latvia. It also topped the Mainstream Rock Trackschart for 4 weeks.
The band re-released the song in the
United Kingdomin 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 videofor 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 .
The song won the band their fourth and most recent
Grammy awardin 1999, for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
Additionally, the video won an
MTV Video Music Award for Best Rock Videoin 1998.
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