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"Dude (Looks Like a Lady)"
Single by Aerosmith
from the album Permanent Vacation
B-side "Once is Enough" or "Simoriah"
Released 1987
Format Cassette, CD, Record
Recorded 1987
Genre Hard rock
Length 04:24
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Desmond Child
Producer Bruce Fairbairn
Aerosmith singles chronology
"Dude (Looks Like a Lady)"
"Hangman Jury"

"Dude (Looks Like a Lady)", sometimes mistaken as being called "Move it like a lady" is a song by American hard rock band Aerosmith. It was released as the first of three singles from the Permanent Vacation album in 1987. It reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, #41 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart, #4 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and peaked at #45 on the UK Singles Chart. The song was written by songwriter Desmond Child, lead guitarist Joe Perry and lead singer Steven Tyler.


Lyrical interpretation

The song, which originally started out as "Cruisin' for a Lady", talks about a male with an effeminate appearance who is mistaken for a female. There is a story that the song was inspired by the glam look of the members of Mötley Crüe and their constant usage of the word "dude". Steven Tyler says in the book Walk This Way: The Autobiography of Aerosmith, "Then one day we met Mötley Crüe, and they're all going, 'Dude!' Dude this and Dude that, everything was Dude. 'Dude (Looks Like a Lady)' came out of that session."

Joe Perry came up with the chorus riff, and Tyler came up with the chorus refrain.

In his recent book, The Heroin Diaries, Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe claims that the song was specifically inspired by Vince Neil, singer of Mötley Crüe.


The video for Dude (Looks Like a Lady) features the band performing live onstage as well as random moments of characters portraying transvestites, including a cameo appearance by A&R man John Kalodner dressed up in a wedding dress at one point. This is a joke based on the fact that Kalodner always dresses in white.

There are also some provocative sexual performances, both by lead singer Steven Tyler as well as an attractive female who has her skirt partially lifted to reveal an Aerosmith "wings" tattoo on her buttocks.

Award nominations

"Dude" picked up two MTV Video Music Award nominations in 1988 (the first for the band). It was nominated for Best Group Video and Best Stage Performance, but failed to gain the wins. The band made up for it eventually, winning over 10 "moon-men" and 4 Grammys in the 1990s.


The song has long been a staple on both rock radio and in concert, as the band has regularly rotated it into their setlists over the years.

The song has been featured on a number of subsequent compilations by Aerosmith including Big Ones, O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits, Devil's Got a New Disguise and the live album A Little South of Sanity.

According to Tyler, this is one of the two Aerosmith songs he is not very fond of performing on stage. The other song is "Angel".

The song has a reputation of having the lyrics misheard by many listeners. Many have mistaken the refrain for saying "Do the funky lady," "Noodle knock the Navy," "Do it like a lady," or "Do the Macarena," among other things.

Appearance in Other Media

  • It is featured on the ending of the console version of Revolution X, which was a game made by Midway Games, which featured Aerosmith.
  • The song has been |parodied in the Design Notes of Dragon Fable. The song is inspired by a glitch that results in female characters being transformed into male characters. Artix ( creator of Artix Entertainment) said the song should be Lady looks like a Dude
  • Shakira performed the song live to honor Aerosmith during the band's MTV Icon.
  • In The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy episode, Billy Gets an 'A', Grim makes a reference to the song when he sees Billy's dad as a woman in an alternate universe by saying "Dude looks like a lady!".
  • Noel Fielding refers to it as a song for his androgynous attire in art college.
  • It is featured in the video game Tecmo Stackers for Playstation One.
  • The song was not featured in Guitar Hero Aerosmith, but an achievement was named after the song on the Xbox 360 version of the game. For 10 gs, the player must play a song as Izzy Sparks
  • The song was used in the 1993 movie " Mrs. Doubtfire".

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