Get a Grip

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For the TV series of the same name, see Get a Grip (TV series).
Get a Grip
Studio album by Aerosmith
Released April 20, 1993 (1993-04-20)[1]
Recorded January–February 1992 at A&M Studios
September–November 1992 at Little Mountain Sound Studios[2]
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 61:33
Label Geffen
Producer Bruce Fairbairn
Aerosmith chronology
Pump
(1989)
Get a Grip
(1993)
Nine Lives
(1997)
Singles from Get a Grip
  1. "Livin' on the Edge"
    Released: March 23, 1993 (1993-03-23)
  2. "Eat the Rich"
    Released: April 17, 1993 (1993-04-17)
  3. "Fever"
    Released: August 30, 1993 (1993-08-30)
  4. "Cryin'"
    Released: October 5, 1993 (1993-10-05)
  5. "Amazing"
    Released: November 1993
  6. "Shut Up and Dance"
    Released: 1994
  7. "Crazy"
    Released: May 3, 1994 (1994-05-03)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Blender 3/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly C[4]
Robert Christgau A−[5]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[6]

Get a Grip is the 11th studio album by American rock band Aerosmith, released on April 20, 1993 by Geffen Records.[1] Get a Grip was the band's last studio album to be released by Geffen before they returned to Columbia Records.

Get a Grip featured guests including Don Henley, who sang backup on "Amazing", and Lenny Kravitz, who offered backup vocals and collaboration to "Line Up". As on Permanent Vacation and Pump, this album featured numerous song collaborators from outside the band including: Desmond Child, Jim Vallance, Mark Hudson, Richie Supa, Taylor Rhodes, Jack Blades and Tommy Shaw.

Get a Grip became Aerosmith's best-selling studio album worldwide, achieving sales of over 20 million copies, and is tied with Pump for their second best-selling album in the United States, selling over 7 million copies as of 1995. This also made it their third consecutive album with US sales of at least five million. Two songs from the album won Grammy Awards for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, in 1993 and 1994. The album was voted Album of the Year by Metal Edge readers in the magazine's 1993 Readers' Choice Awards, while "Livin' on the Edge" was voted Best Video.[7]

Production[edit]

The album originally had 12 songs and would be released on the third quarter of 1992, but Geffen A&R executive John Kalodner listened to what had been recorded and thought it lacked variety and a radio-friendly song. So the band went back to write more songs with collaborators such as Child.[8]

Regarding songs that reflect on the band's history with drug abuse such as "Get a Grip" and "Amazing", Steven Tyler declared: "We were saying you can point it back to some of those old beliefs about the crossroads and signing up with the devil, that you can look at the drugs as that: It can be fun in the beginning but then it comes time to pay your debt, and if you're not sharp enough to see that it's taking you down, then it really will get you."[9]

Reception[edit]

In his Allmusic review for Get a Grip, Stephen Thomas Erlewine said the album failed compared to Pump because he thinks the band was trying too hard to have a hit and it didn't have any depth to it, but he feels the album still "sounds good".[1] Mark Coleman, for his Rolling Stone magazine review of Get a Grip, said he liked the title track and he compared the album's introduction, titled "Intro", to Steven Tyler and Joe Perry's collaboration with Run–D.M.C. on "Walk This Way", but feels that most of the album lacks "adventure" and is too "somber". In his interview he compared "Livin' on the Edge" to a Bon Jovi song and feels that a problem with the album comes from the outside songwriters/collaborators.[6] Robert Christgau, however, feels on Get a Grip that they are trying many different things on the album and that they are really good at trying something new, like the song "Cryin'" and he gave it their best review since 1980's Greatest Hits.[5] Ben Mitchell called the album "soft" and "shallow" but considered "Eat the Rich" and "Crazy" standout tracks.[3]

An animal rights group objected to the cover of a cow's pierced udder, but it was confirmed by Aerosmith to have been computer-generated.[10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Intro"   Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Jim Vallance 0:24
2. "Eat the Rich"   Tyler, Perry, Vallance 4:11
3. "Get a Grip"   Tyler, Perry, Vallance 3:59
4. "Fever"   Tyler, Perry 4:15
5. "Livin' on the Edge"   Tyler, Perry, Mark Hudson 6:07
6. "Flesh"   Tyler, Perry, Desmond Child 5:57
7. "Walk on Down"   Perry 3:39
8. "Shut Up and Dance"   Tyler, Perry, Jack Blades, Tommy Shaw 4:56
9. "Cryin'"   Tyler, Perry, Taylor Rhodes 5:09
10. "Gotta Love It"   Tyler, Perry, Hudson 5:58
11. "Crazy"   Tyler, Perry, Child 5:14
12. "Line Up" (featuring Lenny Kravitz) Tyler, Perry, Lenny Kravitz 4:03
13. "Can't Stop Messin'"   Tyler, Perry, Blades, Shaw 3:30
14. "Amazing"   Tyler, Richard Supa 5:57
15. "Boogie Man" (Instrumental) Tyler, Perry, Vallance 2:17
Total length:
1:01:33

Immediately after "Amazing," a snippet of "Who Threw the Whiskey in the Well," by Lucky Millinder, is heard as if being tuned in on an old radio. Tyler says, "So from all of us at Aerosmith to all of you out there, wherever you are, remember: the light at the end of the tunnel may be you. Good night." The music then fades out.

Additional B-sides and alternative versions[edit]

Don't Stop
Head First
Amazing (Orchestral Version)
Livin' on the Edge (Acoustic Version)

Personnel[edit]

Aerosmith[11]
Additional personnel
Production
  • Producer: Bruce Fairbairn
  • Engineers: John Aguto, Ed Korengo, Ken Lomas, Mike Plotnikoff, David Thoener
  • Pre Production Engineer: Tony Lentini
  • Mixing: Brendan O'Brien
  • Mastering: Greg Fulginiti at Masterdisk
  • Mastering Supervisor: David Donnelly
  • Programming: John Webster
  • Production coordination: Debra Shallman
  • Guitar technician: Dan Murphy
  • Arranger: Steven Tyler
  • Art direction: Michael Golob
  • Cover design: Hugh Syme
  • Photography: Edward Colver, William Hames
  • John Kalodner : John Kalodner

Charts[edit]

Album
Chart (1993) Peak
position
Australia (Top 40)[12] 3
Austria (Top 75)[13] 3
Canada RPM 100 Albums[14] 2
France (InfoDisc)[15] 24
Japanese Albums Chart[16] 7
Netherlands (Top 100)[17] 2
New Zealand (Top 50)[18] 9
Norway (Top 40)[19] 3
Switzerland (Top 100)[20] 1
Sweden (Top 60)[21] 3
US Billboard 200[22] 1
UK (Top 100)[23] 2
Singles
Year Single Chart Position
1993 "Amazing" US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[24] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[24] 24
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[24] 9
UK Singles Chart[25] 57
"Cryin'" US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[24] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[24] 12
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[24] 11
UK Singles Chart[25] 17
Norway Top 20[26] 1
Sweden Top 60[26] 3
Schweizer Top 75[27] 4
"Eat the Rich" Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[24] 5
UK Singles Chart[25] 34
"Fever" Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[24] 5
"Livin' on the Edge" Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[24] 1
Billboard Hot 100[24] 18
Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[24] 19
UK Singles Chart[25] 19
Australian Top 50[28] 21
Norway Top 20[26] 4
1994 "Crazy" Mainstream Rock Tracks 7
The Billboard Hot 100 17
Top 40 Mainstream 7

End of decade charts[edit]

Chart (1990–1999) Position
U.S. Billboard 200[29] 77

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Austria (IFPI Austria)[30] Platinum 50,000x
Brazil (ABPD)[31] Platinum 250,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[32] Diamond 1,000,000^
France (SNEP)[33] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[34] Platinum 500,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[35] Gold 50,000*
Sweden (GLF)[36] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[37] Gold 25,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[38] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[39] 7× Platinum 7,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards

Year Winner Category
1993 "Livin' on the Edge" Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
1994 "Crazy" Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal

Metal Edge Readers' Choice Awards

Year Winner Category
1993 Get a Grip Album of the Year[40]
1993 "Livin' on the Edge" Best Video

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Get a Grip – Aerosmith > Overview". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 15, 2010. 
  2. ^ Big Ones (CD insert). Aerosmith. U.S.A.: Geffen Records. 1994. GEFD-24716. 
  3. ^ a b Mitchell, Ben (September 14, 2004). "Get a Grip – Album Review". blender.com. Alpha Music Group. [dead link]
  4. ^ Browne, David (April 23, 1993). "Get a Grip Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 14, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "Aerosmith". Robert Christgau. Retrieved November 16, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Coleman, Mark (May 13, 1993). "Get a Grip by Aerosmith – Album Review". Rollimg Stone. Jann S. Wenner. Retrieved November 16, 2010. 
  7. ^ Metal Edge, June 1994
  8. ^ Balk This Way, Entertainment Weekly. By David Browne | Feb 05, 1993
  9. ^ Washburn, Jim (July 31, 1993). "Aerosmith: New Grip on Fame : Comeback Rockers, at Pacific Amphitheatre, Revel in Album's Success". Los Angeles Times. 
  10. ^ Davis, S. and Aerosmith: "Walk This Way", page 502-503. Avon, 1997
  11. ^ Aerosmith- Get a Grip @Discogs.com Retrieved 7-13-2011.
  12. ^ Steffen Hung. "Aerosmith – Get A Grip". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  13. ^ Steffen Hung. "Aerosmith – Get A Grip". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  14. ^ "Item Display – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 
  15. ^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Albums classés par Artiste". Infodisc.fr. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  16. ^ "エアロスミスのCDアルバムランキング、エアロスミスのプロフィールならオリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE". Oricon.co.jp. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  17. ^ Steffen Hung. "Aerosmith – Get A Grip". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  18. ^ Steffen Hung. "Aerosmith – Get A Grip". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  19. ^ Steffen Hung. "Aerosmith – Get A Grip". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
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  24. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Aerosmith – Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 16, 2010. 
  25. ^ a b c d "Aerosmith". Chart Stats. Retrieved November 16, 2010. 
  26. ^ a b c Steffen Hung. "Aerosmith – Livin' On The Edge". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  27. ^ Steffen Hung. "Aerosmith – Cryin'". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  28. ^ Steffen Hung. "Aerosmith – Livin' On The Edge". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  29. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade – The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  30. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Aerosmith – Get a Grip" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter Aerosmith in the field Interpret. Enter Get a Grip in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
  31. ^ "Brazilian album certifications – Aerosmith – Get a Grip" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. 
  32. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Aerosmith – Get a Grip". Music Canada. 
  33. ^ "French album certifications – Aerosmith – Get a Grip" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  34. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Aerosmith; 'Get a Grip')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  35. ^ "Polish album certifications – Aerosmith – Get a Grip" (in Polish). Polish Producers of Audio and Video (ZPAV). 
  36. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. 
  37. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Aerosmith; 'Get a Grip')". Hung Medien. 
  38. ^ "British album certifications – Aerosmith – Get a Grip". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Get a Grip in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  39. ^ "American album certifications – Aerosmith – Get a Grip". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  40. ^ Metal Edge, June 1994

External links[edit]

Preceded by
The Bodyguard (soundtrack)
by Various artists
Billboard 200 number-one album
May 8–14, 1993
Succeeded by
The Bodyguard (soundtrack)
by Various artists