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"Let the Music Do the Talking"
Single by Aerosmith
from the album Done with Mirrors
B-side "Gypsy Boots"
Released 1985
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1985
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 3:44
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Joe Perry
Producer Ted Templeman
Aerosmith singles chronology
"Lightning Strikes"
(1982)
"Let the Music Do the Talking"
(1985)
"My Fist Your Face"
(1985)
Alternate cover

"Let the Music Do the Talking" is a song recorded by The Joe Perry Project in 1980 and later re-recorded by the re-united Aerosmith in 1985. It was written by Joe Perry.

Overview

After guitarist Joe Perry left Aerosmith in 1979, he formed his solo project, aptly titled The Joe Perry Project. He released his first album, Let the Music Do the Talking in 1980. The song was included as the first song and title track of the record.

In 1984, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford rejoined Aerosmith. Aerosmith recorded the album Done with Mirrors in 1985. Lead singer Steven Tyler and the other band members were quite impressed with Perry's "Let the Music Do the Talking" and decided to include it on the album. The song was re-recorded by Aerosmith with new lyrics sung by Steven Tyler, and the running time was reduced by about a minute. The song was issued as a single shortly after the album's release. It became the album's most successful single, peaking at #18 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

During the solo of the song, there is a chord progression that sounds similar to the main riff in the song "Draw the Line," the title track from Aerosmith's 1977 album.

Music video

The music video for the song features the band performing live at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston.

The venue's white shirted security guards that appear in the video were actually bouncers recruited earlier in the evening from Boston's now defunct Channel nightclub.

In concert

The song was a live staple for Aerosmith in the early 1987-88 tour in support of Permanent Vacation. The band has only occasionally rotated the song into the setlist since then.

"Let the Music Do the Talking" was also included on the live album Classics Live II, released in 1987.

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