In what is becoming a Stern Show staple, Howard took legendary rocker Steven Tyler through some of Aerosmith's best songs, and they talked about their origins and meanings:
Dude (Looks Like a Lady) – Steven got sick of hearing this song on the radio and doesn't really like it anymore.
Dream On – The rest of the band made fun of this song, but Steven believed in it. It took three years, but it became a hit and, perhaps, Aerosmith's defining tune.
Janie's Got a Gun – Howard relayed a story from Steven's biography that one day he realized why men sometimes become sexually attracted to their daughters, and then get drunk and abuse them. There is also a distinct dinging sound in Tom Hamilton's bass playing that the band used to make fun of him for, but Steven left the ding in this song, and then shared the songwriting credit with him.
Sweet Emotion – There's a clattering instrument called a vibraslap that Steven uses in the beginning of the song and if you listen carefully, you can actually hear it break. Also, the "maracas" at the end is actually a sugar packet held close to the microphone.
Walk This Way – Steven lost all the lyrics to the album "Toys in the Attic", on which Walk This Way and Sweet Emotion appear, in the back seat of a taxi. While the rest of the band was out watching the Mel Brooks classic Young Frankenstein, Steven scribbled all the lyrics he could remember on a hotel room wall with a pencil.
Crying – Steven said the original cut of the famous music video starring Alicia Silverstone was so "lesbianic" that they had to recut it.
(Editor's note: He may have actually been referring to the video for Crazy which starred Alicia and his daughter Liv Tyler, both featured in some implied lesbian scenes)
THE MAGIC OF AEROSMITH
Howard felt that Steven must know he's the "magic" of Aerosmith. Steven said he felt like that some days, but on other days he feels like he's nothing without the band.
Steven may have written many songs we love, but he didn't work alone. Joe Perry would sit around and play licks so brilliant that they'd immediately inspire Steven to write a song.
Steven felt that, once he and Joe wrote Sweet Emotion, they'd finally gotten into a groove. But then Joe moved out of the house they shared right after, and Steven was very jealous of Joe's girlfriend at the time.