“Eat the Rich” is a song performed by American hard rock band Aerosmith. It was written by Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and Jim Vallance. It was released as the second single from the band’s 1993 album Get a Grip. The song had success on rock radio, peaking at number five on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. In the UK, where the song was the second single released from the album, it peaked at number 34, and in Canada, it peaked at number 45. The band’s next four singles and correlating videos were able to garner more mainstream success for the album.
The song quickly became a fan favorite, despite not having much mainstream success, and drew a rousing reaction from crowds when it was used as the band’s opening song on the Get a Grip Tour. The band has played the song several times on the Route of All Evil Tour, despite being generally limited to a 13-song setlist.
The song was featured on the band’s 1994 Geffen Records-era greatest hits album Big Ones as well as the first song on the live double-album A Little South of Sanity.
The song features a heavy drum beat by Joey Kramer and clear, well-defined guitar parts by Joe Perry and Brad Whitford, as well as a strong bass groove by Tom Hamilton, and emotional lyrics (as well as an unusual belch at the end of the track) delivered by Steven Tyler. On Get a Grip, the song is preceded by a 23-second track called “Intro” which features heavy bass, rapid, quasi-tribal drumming, reversed singing chorus of “Eat the Rich”, and rapid-fire lyrics by Tyler and a little sample of Aerosmith’s classic “Walk This Way” riff right at the end, before “Eat the Rich” starts. “Intro” also features a line from “F.I.N.E.*,” a song from their previous album, Pump.
The music video features footage of the band recording parts of the song in the studio, as well as oddball occurrences such as eyeballs, bones, and other things which may suggest the cannibalistic undertones of the song. The video was directed by Peter Martinez and featured acting from A&R icon John Kalodner and comedian Anthony Clark.
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