“Walk This Way” by Aerosmith: 40 Song Facts

How Jeff Beck, James Brown, Boston’s Combat Zone, and Young Frankenstein figure in the rock classic.

On August 28, 1975, Aerosmith released “Walk This Way” as a single from their landmark album Toys in the Attic, and we’ve all been rocking this way and that to it ever since.

The sudden, staccato, hard funk percussion that kicks off “Walk This Way” is one of the most distinctive, immediately recognizable, and instantly intoxicating intros in all of rock. Ignited first by Joey Kramer’s pop-and-sizzle two measure drum beat, Aerosmith axe master Joe Perry then spearheads rhythm guitarist Brad Whitford, bassist Tom Hamilton with a riff like that, right off, announces “Walk This Way” as one-of-a-kind.

From there, lip-flapping front-dervish Steven Tyler bursts through with a motor-mouthed onslaught of too many lyrics to fit in any one song that, with mesmerizing machine gun relentlessness, he manages to make it all seem inevitable—and electrifyingly so.

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