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
B-side "Fall Together"
Released February 11, 1997
Format Cassette, CD
Recorded 1996
Genre Hard rock, blues rock, rock n roll
Length 3:26
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Glen Ballard
Producer(s) Kevin Shirley
Aerosmith singles chronology
"Nine Lives"
(1997)
"Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)"
(1997)
"Hole in My Soul"
(1997)

"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.

Overview[edit]

"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".

Music video[edit]

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.[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)" (LP version) 3:25
2. "Fall Together" (LP version) 4:38
3. "Sweet Emotion" (LP version) 4:34
4. "Seasons of Wither" (LP version) 5:39

Charts[edit]

The song was a popular radio hit around the world, reaching number 35 on the US Billboard Hot 100, number 1 on the US Mainstream Rock Tracks chart (where it remained for five weeks), number 2 in Canada, number 22 on the UK Singles Chart, and number 46 in Australia.

Chart (1997) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[2] 46
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 35
Canadian Singles Chart 2
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[4] 7
Germany (Media Control Charts)[5] 40
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[6] 76
Polish Singles Chart[7] 11
Spain (AFYVE)[8] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[9] 23
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[10] 22
UK Singles Chart 22
US Billboard Hot 100 35
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 29

Awards[edit]

The single was certified gold by the RIAA for sales in excess of 500,000 copies in the US. This is the band's third gold single.

The video for the song won the band a MTV Video Music Award for Best Rock Video in 1997.

References[edit]

Preceded by
"One Headlight" by The Wallflowers
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
March 8 – April 5, 1997
Succeeded by
"Precious Declaration" by Collective Soul