Permanent Vacation (album)

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Permanent Vacation
Studio album by Aerosmith
Released August 18, 1987
Recorded March – May 1987 at Little Mountain Sound Studios[1]
Genre Hard rock, blues rock, glam metal
Length 51:46[2]
Label Geffen
Producer Bruce Fairbairn[1]
Aerosmith chronology
Done with Mirrors
(1985)
Permanent Vacation
(1987)
Pump
(1989)
Singles from Permanent Vacation
  1. "Hangman Jury"
    Released: August 1987 (1987-08)[3]
  2. "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)"
    Released: October 1987 (1987-10)[3]
  3. "Angel"
    Released: April 1988 (1988-04)[3]
  4. "Rag Doll"
    Released: June 1988 (1988-06)[3]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [4]
Robert Christgau C+ [5]
Rolling Stone (unfavorable) [6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2/5 stars [7]
Metal Forces (9.9/10)[8]

Permanent Vacation is the ninth studio album by American rock band Aerosmith, released in August 1987 by Geffen Records.[2]

The album marks a turning point in the band's career. It is their first album to employ professional songwriters, instead of featuring material solely composed by members of the band.[6] This came as a suggestion of executive John Kalodner, who also pushed the band to work with producer Bruce Fairbairn, who remained with them for another two albums.[9] It was also the first Aerosmith album to be promoted by heavy music video airplay on MTV. Though Done with Mirrors was intended to mark Aerosmith's comeback, Permanent Vacation is often considered their true comeback album, as it was the band's first truly popular album since their reunion. "Rag Doll", "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" and "Angel" all became major hit singles (all three songs charted in the Top 20) and helped Permanent Vacation become the band's most successful album in a decade.

The album features their cover of "I'm Down", a piano-driven Beatles song that appeared as a b-side to their single "Help" in 1965. This was Aerosmith's second commercially released Beatles cover, after "Come Together".

Permanent Vacation has sold over five million copies in the U.S.[10]

In the UK, it was the first Aerosmith album to attain both Silver (60,000 units sold) and Gold (100,000 units sold) certification by the British Phonographic Industry, achieving these in July 1989 and March 1990 respectively.[11]

The album's title was later referenced in Aerosmith's 1993 hit single "Amazing" from the album Get a Grip.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Heart's Done Time"   Joe Perry, Desmond Child 4:42
2. "Magic Touch"   Steven Tyler, Perry, Jim Vallance 4:37
3. "Rag Doll"   Tyler, Perry, Vallance, Holly Knight 4:25
4. "Simoriah"   Tyler, Perry, Vallance 3:22
5. "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)"   Tyler, Child, Perry 4:25
6. "St. John"   Tyler 4:10
7. "Hangman Jury"   Perry, Vallance, Tyler 5:33
8. "Girl Keeps Coming Apart"   Tyler, Perry 4:13
9. "Angel"   Tyler, Child 5:08
10. "Permanent Vacation"   Tyler, Brad Whitford 4:49
11. "I'm Down"   John Lennon, Paul McCartney 2:20
12. "The Movie"   Tyler, Perry, Whitford, Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer 4:04
Total length:
51:38

Personnel[edit]

Per liner notes[1][12] & Allmusic[13]

Charts[edit]

Album
Chart (1987) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[14] 11
Canada RPM 100 Albums[15] 7
Japanese Albums Chart[16] 75
UK (Top 100)[17] 37
Chart (1988) Peak
position
Australia (Top 50)[18] 42
Singles
Year Single Chart Position
1987 "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" Mainstream Rock Tracks 4
The Billboard Hot 100 14
"Hangman Jury" Mainstream Rock Tracks 14
"Rag Doll" Mainstream Rock Tracks 12
1988 "Angel" Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
The Billboard Hot 100 3
"Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" Hot Dance Music/Club Play 41
"Rag Doll" The Billboard Hot 100 17

Certifications[edit]

Organization Level Date
RIAA - USA Gold[19] November 10, 1987
Platinum[19] December 8, 1987
2× Platinum[19] May 24, 1988
3× Platinum[19] March 7, 1990
4× Platinum[19] November 9, 1994
5× Platinum[19] February 10, 1995
CIA – Canada Gold Nov 18, 1994
Platinum Nov 18, 1994
2× Platinum Nov 18, 1994
3× Platinum Nov 18, 1994
4× Platinum Nov 18, 1994
5× Platinum Nov 18, 1994

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Big Ones (CD insert). Aerosmith. U.S.A.: Geffen Records. 1994. GEFD-24716. 
  2. ^ a b John Franck & Eduardo Rivadavia. "Permanent Vacation - Aerosmith > Overview". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 15, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d Strong, Martin (2002) [First published in 1994]. The Great Rock Discography (Sixth ed.). United Kingdom: Canongate Books. ISBN 1-84195-312-1. 
  4. ^ Franck, John. "Allmusic Review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-04-21. 
  5. ^ "Review". Robert Christgau Review. Retrieved 2011-06-24. 
  6. ^ a b Frost, Deborah (1987-10-22). "Permanent Vacation". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
  7. ^ "Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2011-04-21. 
  8. ^ Reynolds, Dave (1987). "Aerosmith - Permanent Vacation". Metal Forces (25). Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  9. ^ http://www.melodicrock.com/interviews/johnkalodner.html
  10. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  11. ^ "Search for "Aerosmith"". Bpi.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  12. ^ Aerosmith- Permanent Vacation @Discogs.com Retrieved 12-14-2013.
  13. ^ "Permanent Vacation - Aerosmith > Credits". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 15, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Permanent Vacation - Aerosmith". Billboard.com. Retrieved November 15, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  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. ^ "Aerosmith - Permanent Vacation". Chart Stats. 1990-04-28. Archived from the original on 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  18. ^ Steffen Hung (1988-10-30). "Aerosmith - Permanent Vacation". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  19. ^ a b c d e f "Gold and Platinum Database Search". Retrieved 2009-11-24. 

External links[edit]

Permanent Vacation at MusicBrainz