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Permanent Vacation
Studio album by Aerosmith
Released September 5, 1987
Recorded March–June 1987
Genre Hard rock, blues-rock
Length 50:43
Label Geffen
Producer Bruce Fairbairn
Professional reviews
Aerosmith chronology
Done with Mirrors
Permanent Vacation
Singles from Permanent Vacation
  1. "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)"
    Released: 1987
  2. "Angel"
    Released: 1988
  3. "Rag Doll"
    Released: 1988
  4. "Hangman Jury"
    Released: 1987 (promo only)

Permanent Vacation is the ninth studio album by American rock band Aerosmith, released in 1987.

The album marks a turning point in the band's career. It is their first album to employ professional songwriters, instead of featuring material solely composed by members of the band.[1] 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 album, as it was the band's first truly popular album since their reunion. "Rag Doll," "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" and "Angel" all became major hit singles (all three songs charted in the Top 20) and helped Permanent Vacation become the band's most successful album in a decade.

The album features their cover of "I'm Down", a piano-driven Beatles song that appeared as a b-side to their single "Help" in 1965. This was Aerosmith's second commercially-released Beatles cover, after "Come Together".

In limited production, the original album cover for Permanent Vacation did not feature the yellow Aerosmith wings logo. Instead, the album jacket only featured the black background covered in the red "Permanent Vacation" hula girl print. The yellow Aerosmith wings logo was actually on the outside of the plastic case rather than the inner album liner.

Permanent Vacation has sold over five million copies in the U.S.[2]


Track listing

# Title Music Length
1. "Heart's Done Time"   Joe Perry, Desmond Child 4:42
2. "Magic Touch"   Steven Tyler, Perry, Jim Vallance 4:40
3. "Rag Doll"   Tyler, Perry, Vallance, Holly Knight 4:21
4. "Simoriah"   Tyler, Perry, Vallance 3:21
5. "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)"   Tyler, Perry, Child 4:23
6. "St. John"   Tyler 4:12
7. "Hangman Jury"   Tyler, Perry, Vallance 5:33
8. "Girl Keeps Coming Apart"   Tyler, Perry 4:12
9. "Angel"   Tyler, Child 5:10
10. "Permanent Vacation"   Tyler, Brad Whitford 4:52
11. "I'm Down"   John Lennon, Paul McCartney 2:20
12. "The Movie"   Tyler, Perry, Whitford, Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer 4:00


Additional personnel


  • Producer: Bruce Fairbairn
  • Engineers: Mike Fraser, Bob Rock
  • Assistant engineer: Ken Lomas
  • Mixing: Mike Fraser
  • Mastering: George Marino
  • Assistant: Joel López
  • Arrangers: Tom Kennlyside, Jim Vallance
  • Art direction: Aerosmith, Kim Champagne
  • Illustrations: Andy Engel
  • Photography: Neal Preston


AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1987 The Billboard 200 11

Singles – Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1987 "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)" Mainstream Rock Tracks 4
1987 "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)" The Billboard Hot 100 14
1987 "Hangman Jury" Mainstream Rock Tracks 14
1987 "Rag Doll" Mainstream Rock Tracks 12
1988 "Angel" Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
1988 "Angel" The Billboard Hot 100 3
1988 "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)" Hot Dance Music/Club Play 41
1988 "Rag Doll" The Billboard Hot 100 17


Organization Level Date
RIAA - USA Gold[4] November 10, 1987
RIAA - USA Platinum[4] December 8, 1987
RIAA - USA 2x Platinum[4] May 24, 1988
RIAA - USA 3x Platinum[4] March 7, 1990
RIAA - USA 4x Platinum[4] November 9, 1994
RIAA - USA 5x Platinum[4] February 10, 1995

See also

External links

Permanent Vacation at MusicBrainz


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