Nobody's Fault

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"Nobody's Fault"
Song by Aerosmith
from the album Rocks
Released May 3, 1976
Genre Heavy metal
Length 4:25
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Brad Whitford and Steven Tyler
Producer(s) Aerosmith and Jack Douglas

"Nobody's Fault" is a song by American hard rock band Aerosmith. It is the sixth track on Aerosmith's fourth studio album Rocks, released in 1976. It was written by guitarist Brad Whitford and lead singer Steven Tyler. Whitford often cites it as his favorite Aerosmith song.[1]


The song is highlighted by a heavy backbeat of drums and bass by Joey Kramer and Tom Hamilton, as well as the soaring lead guitars of Brad Whitford and Joe Perry, and loud singing with a serious tone by Steven Tyler. According to Steven, the lyrics: "have to do with earthquakes, which we were scared of, along with flying". Joey Kramer considers his work in this song to be some of his best.


"Nobody's Fault" is often cited as one of the heaviest songs Aerosmith has ever recorded and is cited by several musicians in the genre as being among their favorite. The song is one of former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash's favorite Aerosmith songs,[2] as well as that of Metallica leader James Hetfield[citation needed], additionally the Metallica song Damage Inc. has a similar opening. Kurt Cobain stated this song as one of his favorite songs in his journal.[citation needed]

Cover versions[edit]

Thrash metal band Testament covered this song on their 1988 album, The New Order. A humorous music video was filmed for this version featuring Testament's rhythm guitarist Eric Peterson annoying his bandmates by constantly filming them with his personal videocamera in the opening sequence.

Southern Metal band Jackyl did a cover of the song on their 1998 album, Stayin' Alive.

Glam metal band L.A. Guns contributed a cover of the song for their 2004 covers album Rips the Covers Off.

Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil covered this song on his 2010 solo album Tattoos & Tequila.

Uses in other media[edit]

The song is featured in the 2008 video game Guitar Hero: Aerosmith.


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