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"Pink"
Single by Aerosmith
from the album Nine Lives
Released 1997
Format Cassette, CD
Recorded 1996
Genre Rock
Length 3:55
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Steven Tyler, Richie Supa, Glen Ballard
Producer Kevin Shirley
Aerosmith singles chronology
"Hole in My Soul"
(1997)
"Pink"
(1997)
"Taste of India"
(1998)

"Pink" is a song by American hard rock band Aerosmith. It was written by Steven Tyler and professional songwriters Richie Supa and Glen Ballard. It was released as the third major single from Nine Lives in 1997.

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Track listing

  1. Pink (The South Beach Mix) – 3:54
  2. Pink (Album Version) – 3:55
  3. Taste of India (Album Version) – 5:53

Chart positions

First played by Daytona, Florida rock station 95.7 WHOG-FM afternoon personality "Iron Dave" Adams before being released as a single, the song reached #27 on the Billboard Hot 100, #38 in the United Kingdom, and #19 in Latvia. It also topped the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for 4 weeks.

The band re-released the song in the United Kingdom in 1999. The re-released version did much better, reaching #13 there.

Song structure

The song is highlighted by a harmonica performance by Steven Tyler at the beginning, as well as a strong bass rhythm throughout the song, and a mix of acoustic guitars and jangling electric guitars throughout the verses. Many of the lines in the verses start with the word "Pink" (i.e. "Pink is my favorite crayon", "Pink is the love you discover", "Pink it's the color of passion," etc.). However, there really is no set chorus/refrain, aside from the phrase "And I think everything is going to be alright no matter what we do tonight".

Music video

The music video for the song used CGI (similar to the style of Michael Jackson's "Black or White" video) to morph characters' faces to other bodies. A variety of random characters mixed in with band members towards the camera, morphing into different characters in the process (e.g., Joe Perry as a centaur, Brad Whitford as a little boy, a skeleton of Steven Tyler). It was directed by Doug Nichol.[1]

Two versions of the music video exist. There are noticeable differences in each version. In the more adult version, for example, there is a woman dressed in a blue jumpsuit walking towards the camera. For a brief second, either on purpose or by accident, the top unzipped portion of the jumpsuit is pulled away revealing her right breast.

In the other more US television friendly version, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry are presented as a two head man and only the cover up portion of the breast reveal scene (above) is present.

Live in concert

The song has gained notoriety as a fan favorite and a live gem, and remains one of the only songs from Nine Lives consistently played on Aerosmith tours to this day, along with "Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)".

Covers and other versions

A different version of the song, The South Beach Re-Mix, was included on the career-spanning compilation O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits.

Japanese edition of the "Pink" single from 'Nine Lives' features six tracks: three mixes of "Pink" (Album Version, The South Beach Mix & Live from the Howard Stern Radio Show), plus live versions of "Falling In Love (Is Hard On The Knees)" & "Walk This Way" recorded in March 1997. As well, there is a techno remix of "Falling in Love (Is Hard On The Knees)" titled Moby Fucked Remix.

It is a bonus playable song in the video game Guitar Hero: Aerosmith. In the Wii version of this game, the word "high" (in "Pink gets me high as a kite") is removed.

Awards

The song won the band their fourth and most recent Grammy award in 1999, for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

Additionally, the video won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Rock Video in 1998.[2]

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References

Preceded by
"Listen" by Collective Soul
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
September 6, 1997 – September 27, 1997
Succeeded by
"Touch, Peel and Stand" by Days of the New
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