Aerosmith – Honkin’ On Bobo

Honkin' On Bobo


Released in 2004 (Columbia)
Billboard Chart Position #5

Track List:
01. Road Runner
02. Shame, Shame, Shame
03. Eyesight To The Blind
04. Baby, Please Don’t Go
05. Never Loved A Girl
06. Back Back Train
07. You Gotta Move
08. The Grind
09. I’m Ready
10. Temperature
11. Stop Messin’ Around
12. Jesus Is On The Mainline
12. Jaded (*Japanese version only*)

Band Members:
Steven Tyler – vocals, piano and harmonica
Joe Perry – guitar, dobro and vocals
Brad Whitford – guitar
Tom Hamilton – bass
Joey Kramer – drums and vocals

Additional Musicians:
Tracy Bonham – vocals
Paul Santo – piano and organ
Johnnie Johnson – piano
The Memphis Horns – brass

Produced by Jack Douglas, Marti Frederiksen, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.

Of course I used to be a fan of Aerosmith. With songs like “Dream On”, “Love In An Elevator”, and “Back In The Saddle”, it was tough not to be. I am not a fan anymore. I’ve been betrayed and will not reward those I feel sold out. But, I will review their material and tell you why it isn’t worth your money.

Let’s face it; Aerosmith hasn’t released a rock record since Get A Grip in 1993, which was indicative of their decline in musical skill and creativity. The Armageddon song was more painful than sticking hot pokers in your hind end and Just Push Play was a steaming pile of stinky pop rock. But, it sold just as this is selling based on their complete and utter surrender to modern pop culture – in other words, performing with Kid Rock, Pink, and dancing around like blooming idiots with Britney Spears and N Sync. They say rock is built on rebellion. I no longer can call Aerosmith rock.

In the same breath, this truly is not rock. It is sixty-year-old blues music. Isn’t it funny how radio stations and music magazines blast new bands that do real rock like the Darkness by saying their sound is 20 years old and praise Aerosmith for doing songs that frankly should stay buried? Actually it’s not funny, but that’s the media – reward those who sell out. Welcome to Liberal Land.

The musicianship is what you would expect. Those who saw Aerosmith last year with KISS (the 10% who actually bothered to stay to hear Aerosmith) easily could tell the band is like the Duracell commercials where the family of battery operated people are moving slower and slower as time goes by. As for Steven Tyler‘s voice – well, they’re doing 60-year-old blues garbage for a reason. Steven Tyler sounds like a ninety-year-old African American man on his deathbed. Can you say shot? He can’t without sounding like he’s about to spit up pea soup.

Bottom line, the band has no attitude left. And, I have enough attitude to stand up and say it is time for them to retire. End my suffering! They had some great tunes thirty years ago. Their time is done. I don’t want to see them kiss pop butt. I don’t want to see them try to do another Super Bowl and be so shot they can’t even say the words “thank you.” I just want them to go away. Just let them join the Backstreet Boys and other pop idols, since that is what they’ve become and go away for good. No more. Go buy another underage girl.

Reviewed by James for Sleaze Roxx, August 2004.

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