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"Fever"
Single by Aerosmith
from the album Get a Grip
Released 1993
Format CD single
Recorded 1992
Length 4:15
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Steven Tyler, Joe Perry
Producer Bruce Fairbairn
Aerosmith singles chronology
"Eat the Rich"
(1993)
"Fever"
(1993)
"Cryin'"
(1993)

"Fever" is a song by American hard rock band Aerosmith. It is from the band's massively successful 1993 album Get a Grip. It was written by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry and is the only Tyler/Perry song on Get a Grip written without the aid of "song doctors". The song is the fourth track on Get a Grip, and is a hard rocking song, running four minutes and fifteen seconds. The song reached #5 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and is one of seven tracks from Get a Grip to make a chart appearance on any chart.

The song features heavy guitar interplay by Joe Perry and Brad Whitford, a fast-paced drum beat and bass rhythm by Joey Kramer and Tom Hamilton, and loud and varied singing by Steven Tyler.

The song seems to be about having a good time, and how the band members, especially Steven Tyler, have abandoned drugs in favor of sex and other enjoyable things in life, with lyrics such as "the buzz that you be gettin' from the crack don't last, I'd rather be OD'in on the crack of her ass."

Garth Brooks version

"The Fever"
Single by Garth Brooks
from the album Fresh Horses
B-side "The Night will Only Know"
Released November 1995[1]
Format CD single, 7" single
Length 2:40
Label Capitol 18948
Writer(s) Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Dan Roberts, Bryan Kennedy
Producer Allen Reynolds
Garth Brooks singles chronology
"She's Every Woman"
(1995)
"The Fever"
(1995)
"The Beaches of Cheyenne"
(1996)

Country music artist Garth Brooks covered the song in 1995, retitled as "The Fever". Brooks' version featured altered lyrics, describing a rodeo star addicted to his profession (e.g., "He's got a split finger wrap and his rope's pulled way too tight / He's got a lunatic smile 'cause he's really drawn deep tonight"). The cover was included on his album Fresh Horses. That album's second single, it peaked #23 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart and #2 on the RPM Top Country Tracks charts in Canada. Brooks also recorded the song on his 1998 Double Live compilation.

This adaptation of the song was also recorded by Chris LeDoux on his 1998 album One Road Man.

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Chart positions

Chart (1995) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks 23
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2

References

  1. ^ Garth Brooks singles at LP Discography.com link

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