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Get a grip
Aerosmith studio album


April 1993


January - February and September - November 1992

Label (s) Geffen Records

Format (s)


Genre (s)

Hard rock , blues rock

Title (number)

14 15 with bonus title

running time


  • Guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on Walk on Down : Joe Perry


Bruce Fairbairn

Studio (s)

A&M Studios, Los Angeles , California , Little Mountain Sound Studios, Vancouver , Canada

Get a grip Nine Lives

Get a Grip (. English phrase: " bekomms under control ") is the eleventh studio album of American hard rock band Aerosmith . It was released in April 1993 by Geffen Records . Seven singles were released between 1993 and 1994, including the lead single Livin 'on the Edge and the ballads Cryin' and Crazy , which ran on heavy rotation on music television . Livin 'on the Edge and Crazy also won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1994 and 1995 .

Origin and style

During the recordings, which took place in Los Angeles in early 1992 and in Vancouver , Canada in autumn 1992 , Don Henley was involved as guest musicians in the further ballad Amazing and Lenny Kravitz in Line Up . Numerous external authors contributed to the songwriting , such as Desmond Child , Jim Vallance , Mark Hudson , Richie Supa , Taylor Rhodes , Jack Blades and Tommy Shaw . The piece Livin 'on the Edge is to be understood as a social statement, musically the album moves between bluesy and pop-influenced hard rock .


The album is considered to be Aerosmith's best-selling with over 20 million copies sold worldwide. It reached number one on the Billboard 200 as well as number three in Switzerland and number three in Germany. The album received the Rockbjörnen award in Sweden for "best foreign album of the year" in 1993.

Stephen Thomas Erlewine from the website criticized the fact that the album pales in comparison to its musically diverse predecessor. It is a "rehearsed performance". There isn't much to be found under the surface, which usually sounds good. He awarded two and a half stars out of five. Achim Karstens saw it differently in Rock Hard magazine . He wrote that Aerosmith had "lost none of their intensity and quality" with Get a Grip . In contrast to the predecessors you need "just a little more time to get used to the song material, which is by no means so accessible". The band put the focus "on the entire album" and not "on MTV-compatible singles", although he described the three ballads as suitable. He awarded 9.5 out of ten points.

Track list

  1. Intro (Perry, Vallance, Tyler) - 0:23
  2. Eat the Rich (Perry, Vallance, Tyler) - 4:09
  3. Get a Grip (Perry, Vallance, Tyler) - 3:58
  4. Fever (Perry, Tyler) - 4:15
  5. Livin 'on the Edge (Mark Hudson, Perry, Tyler) - 6:20
  6. Flesh (Desmond Child, Perry, Tyler) - 5:56
  7. Walk On Down (Perry) - 3:37
  8. Shut Up and Dance (Jack Blades, Perry, Tommy Shaw, Tyler) - 4:55
  9. Cryin ' (Perry, Taylor Rhodes, Tyler) - 5:08
  10. Gotta Love It (Hudson, Perry, Tyler) - 5:58
  11. Crazy (Child, Perry, Tyler) - 5:16
  12. Line Up (Lenny Kravitz, Perry, Tyler) - 4:02
  13. Amazing (Richard Supa, Tyler) - 5:56
  14. Boogie Man (Perry, Vallance, Tyler) - 2:16

Bonus track of the international version

  1. Can't Stop Messin (Tyler, Perry, Blades, Shaw) - 4:57 This moves the other pieces to positions 14 and 15.

Sales figures and awards

Country / Region Award Sales
Awards for music sales
(country / region, Award, Sales)
Brazil (PMB) Brazil (PMB) Gold record icon.svgGold (BMG Brasil)
+ Gold record icon.svgGold (Universal Music)
Germany (BVMI) Germany (BVMI) Platinum record icon.svg platinum 500,000
Finland (IFPI) Finland (IFPI) Gold record icon.svg gold 33,759
France (SNEP) France (SNEP) Gold record icon.svg gold 100,000
Japan (RIAJ) Japan (RIAJ) Platinum record icon.svg platinum 200,000
Canada (MC) Canada (MC) Diamond record icon.svg diamond 1,000,000
Mexico (AMPROFON) Mexico (AMPROFON) Gold record icon.svg gold 100,000
Netherlands (NVPI) Netherlands (NVPI) Platinum record icon.svg platinum 100,000
Austria (IFPI) Austria (IFPI) Platinum record icon.svg platinum 50,000
Poland (ZPAV) Poland (ZPAV) Gold record icon.svg gold 50,000
Sweden (IFPI) Sweden (IFPI) Platinum record icon.svg platinum 100,000
Switzerland (IFPI) Switzerland (IFPI) Gold record icon.svg gold 25,000
Spain (Promusicae) Spain (Promusicae) Platinum record icon.svg platinum 100,000
United States (RIAA) United States (RIAA) Platinum record icon.svg 7 × platinum 7,000,000
United Kingdom (BPI) United Kingdom (BPI) Platinum record icon.svg platinum 300,000
All in all Gold record icon.svg7 × gold
Platinum record icon.svg14 × platinum
Diamond record icon.svg1 × diamond

Main article: Aerosmith / Music Sales Awards

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b Get a Grip review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
  2. Aerohistory: Aerosmith on Twitter., April 20, 2020, accessed August 1, 2020 .
  3. Get a Grip review by Achim Karstens