The comeback that began with 1987’s Permanent Vacation continued two years later for Aerosmith thanks to 1989’s Pump. Pump showed that the newly sober rock band could be different then some of their ’70s contemporaries. Instead of relying on the style that made them famous, they adjusted to sound more like the hair metal/hard rock of the ’80s. They used outside songwriters and captured a new, young, MTV-viewing audience who didn’t even know them from their “Train Kept A Rollin’” days. An album that features “Love in an Elevator” plus some of their more thought provoking songs like “Janie’s Got a Gun” and “What It Takes”.
Fun Fact: The band hated the name “Pump” and had intended to call it “Bobbing for Piranhas”.
Learn more about the album:
How Aerosmith made their biggest album, Pump
How Aerosmith’s Pump Proved Their Comeback Was Real
Aerosmith, Centripetal Force And The Decline Of The Album
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