Permanent Vacation (album)

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Permanent Vacation
Aerosmith - Permanent Vacation.JPG
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 25, 1987
RecordedMarch – May 1987
StudioLittle Mountain Sound Studios
GenreHard rock
ProducerBruce Fairbairn
Aerosmith chronology
Done with Mirrors
Permanent Vacation
Singles from Permanent Vacation
  1. "Hangman Jury"
    Released: August 18, 1987[1]
  2. "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)"
    Released: September 22, 1987[1]
  3. "Angel"
    Released: January 5, 1988[1]
  4. "Rag Doll"
    Released: May 3, 1988[1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [2]
Robert ChristgauC+ [3]
Rolling Stone(unfavorable) [4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2/5 stars [5]
Metal Forces(9.9/10)[6]
The Daily VaultB+[7]

Permanent Vacation is the ninth studio album by American rock band Aerosmith, released on August 25, 1987[8] by Geffen Records.[9] Although the official website for Aerosmith lists the release date for Permanent Vacation as August 18, 1987, the album was released 1 week later.

The album marked a turning point in the band's career. It was their first to employ songwriters outside the band, instead of featuring songs solely composed by them.[4] This came at the suggestion of executive John Kalodner. He also pushed the band to work with producer Bruce Fairbairn, who remained with them for another two albums.[10] 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, as it was the band's first truly popular album since their reunion. "Rag Doll", "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)", and "Angel" became major hits (all three charted in the Top 20) and helped Permanent Vacation become the band's greatest success in a decade.

The album features a cover of The Beatles' "I'm Down", which originally 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.[11]

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.[12]

The album's title – a phrase from The Angels' "My Boyfriend's Back" – was later referenced in Aerosmith's 1993 hit "Amazing" from the album Get a Grip.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Heart's Done Time"Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Desmond Child4:42
2."Magic Touch"Tyler, Perry, Jim Vallance4:37
3."Rag Doll"Tyler, Perry, Vallance, Holly Knight4:25
4."Simoriah"Tyler, Perry, Vallance3:22
5."Dude (Looks Like a Lady)"Tyler, Perry, Child4:25
6."St. John"Tyler4:10
Side two
1."Hangman Jury"Tyler, Perry, Vallance5:33
2."Girl Keeps Coming Apart"Tyler, Perry4:13
3."Angel"Tyler, Child5:08
4."Permanent Vacation"Tyler, Brad Whitford4:49
5."I'm Down" (The Beatles cover)John Lennon, Paul McCartney2:20
6."The Movie"Tyler, Perry, Whitford, Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer4:00
Total length:51:38


Adapted from the liner notes.[13][14] & Allmusic[15] Track numbers refer to CD and digital releases of the album.




Organization Level Date
RIAA - USA Gold[21] November 10, 1987
Platinum[21] December 8, 1987
2× Platinum[21] May 24, 1988
3× Platinum[21] March 7, 1990
4× Platinum[21] November 9, 1994
5× Platinum[21] 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]


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Franck, John. "Allmusic Review". Retrieved 2011-04-21.
  3. ^ "Review". Robert Christgau Review. Retrieved 2011-06-24.
  4. ^ a b Frost, Deborah (1987-10-22). "Permanent Vacation". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-05-14.
  5. ^ "Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2011-04-21.
  6. ^ Reynolds, Dave (1987). "Aerosmith - Permanent Vacation". Metal Forces (25). Retrieved 2012-07-05.
  7. ^ Thelen, Christopher (2019). "The Daily Vault Music Reviews : Permanent Vacation". Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Permanent vacation / [performed by] Aerosmith".
  9. ^ John Franck & Eduardo Rivadavia. "Permanent Vacation - Aerosmith > Overview". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 15, 2010.
  10. ^ Interviews: A&R guru John Kalodner under the microscope
  11. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Archived from the original on 2015-10-18. Retrieved 2012-03-05.
  12. ^ "Search for "Aerosmith"". Retrieved 2012-06-01.
  13. ^ Big Ones (CD insert). Aerosmith. U.S.A.: Geffen Records. 1994. GEFD-24716.CS1 maint: others (link)
  14. ^ Aerosmith- Permanent Vacation Retrieved 12-14-2013.
  15. ^ "Permanent Vacation - Aerosmith > Credits". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 15, 2010.
  16. ^ "Permanent Vacation - Aerosmith". Retrieved November 15, 2010.
  17. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2012-03-05.
  18. ^ "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". Retrieved 2013-05-02.
  19. ^ "Aerosmith - Permanent Vacation". Chart Stats. 1990-04-28. Archived from the original on October 21, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-05.
  20. ^ Steffen Hung (1988-10-30). "Aerosmith - Permanent Vacation". Retrieved 2012-03-05.
  21. ^ a b c d e f "Gold and Platinum Database Search". Retrieved 2009-11-24.

External links[edit]

Permanent Vacation at MusicBrainz