Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)
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|"Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)"|
|Single by Aerosmith|
|from the album Nine Lives|
|Released||February 11, 1997|
|Genre||Hard rock, blues rock, pop rock|
|Aerosmith singles chronology|
"Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)" is a song performed by American hard rock band Aerosmith. It was written by Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and record producer/writer Glen Ballard. Glen Ballard had originally been the producer and a songwriting collaborator for the Nine Lives album, but was replaced by Kevin Shirley halfway through the recording process of Nine Lives.
"Falling in Love" was released as the first major single from Nine Lives in 1997. The song is certainly a rocking number, yet maintains the mainstream appeal found in the former Get a Grip singles. The horns arrangements were written by Steven Tyler and David Campbell.
Lead singer Steven Tyler got the inspiration for the title off a bumper sticker he saw a few years previously. The line "But you like the way I hold the microphone" was a reference to an almost identical line in The Rolling Stones' 1965 song "The Spider and the Fly".
A music video was produced to promote the single. The video was directed by Michael Bay, and had a surreal landscape described as "12 Monkeys meets Brazil", which was meant to parody grunge videos. Many supermodels, such as Angie Everhart, are featured dressed as nurses, dominatrices and princesses.
The song was a popular radio hit around the world, reaching #35 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, #1 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks chart (where it remained for five weeks), #2 in Canada, #22 on the UK Singles Chart, and #46 in Australia.
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||35|
|U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks||1|
|U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream||29|
|Australian Singles Chart||46|
|Austrian Singles Chart||35|
|Canadian Singles Chart||2|
|Finnish Singles Chart||7|
|German Singles Chart||40|
|Polish Singles Chart||11|
|Swedish Singles Chart||23|
|Swiss Singles Chart||22|
|UK Singles Chart||22|
The video for the song won the band a MTV Video Music Award for Best Rock Video in 1997.
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