Toys In The Attic – Aerosmith (LIVE)

Published on May 19, 2018


Toys in the Attic” is a song by American hard rock band Aerosmith. Written by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, it is the first song and title track from the band’s third album Toys in the Attic, their bestselling studio album in the United States. It was released as the B-side to the “You See Me Crying” single in 1975.

The song “Toys in the Attic” is part of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list, and was included as a playable track in the video games Rock Band 4 and Guitar Hero: Aerosmith.

 It also is the third studio album by American rock band Aerosmith, released on April 8, 1975, by Columbia Records. Its first single release, “Sweet Emotion”, was released a month later on May 19 and “Walk This Way” was released on August 28 in the same year. The album is their most commercially successful studio LP in the US, with eight million copies sold, according to the RIAA.

The album was ranked #229 on Rolling Stones list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The album’s title track and Run–D.M.C.’s version of “Walk This Way” are part of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list.

When Toys in the Attic was released in April 1975, it eventually made #11 on the Billboard 200, a full 63 positions higher than Get Your Wings. The single release of “Sweet Emotion” became a minor hit on the Billboard Hot 100 reaching #36 in 1975 and “Walk This Way” reached #10 on the Hot 100 in 1977. The album also introduced to contemporary audiences a rock n’ roll cover of “Big Ten Inch Record,” which was originally an old R&B song recorded by Bull Moose Jackson in 1952. Rather than produce a rock reimagining, Aerosmith’s cover largely stays true to the original song, down to its jazz-style instrumentation.

For his review of Toys in the Attic for AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine called the album’s style a mix of Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones riffs, and said it was filled with songs about sex with a different style than there ever was before. Greg Kot called the album a landmark of hard rock. For the Blender magazine review, Ben Mitchell called Toys in the Attic cocaine-influenced and mentions the songs “Toys in the Attic”, “Walk This Way”, and “Sweet Emotion” as “standout tracks”.

Aerosmith makes reference to the album and its lyrics in the song “Legendary Child”. The line “But we traded them toys for other joys” refers to the title of the album and their struggles with addiction. It may also be referring to the title track of the same name. The line “I took a chance at the high school dance never knowing wrong from right” references lyrics from the songs “Walk This Way” and “Adam’s Apple” respectively.

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