Pump (album)

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Aerosmith studio album


September 12, 1989


February - June 1989

Label (s) Geffen Records

Format (s)


Genre (s)

Hard rock , blues rock

Title (number)


running time




Bruce Fairbairn

Studio (s)

Little Mountain Sound Studios, Vancouver (Canada)

Permanent Vacation
Pump Get a Grip

Pump is the tenth studio album by the US hard rock band Aerosmith . It was released on Geffen Records in September 1989. In 2001 it was re-released remastered. Four singles were released, the best known are Love in an Elevator and the power ballad Janie’s Got a Gun , and What It Takes and The Other Side were also released .


The album was the second of three Aerosmith albums recorded at Little Mountain Studios in Vancouver with Bruce Fairbairn . Keyboards and brass instruments (such as The Other Side and Love in an Elevator ) were used in some songs . Many pieces are influenced by the blues , such as Young Lust and Monkey on My Back . The song title FINE is defined in the booklet as Fucked up, Insecure, Neurotic and Emotional (English for: " Shit, insecure, neurotic and emotional "). This abbreviation is also found in a verse of the song What It Takes .

A lawsuit broke out over the album title by a band called Pump, but the lawsuit was dismissed. Because of the song The Other Side , the songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland threatened to sue the band, as it resembled their song Standing in the Shadows of Love . In this case, an out-of-court settlement was reached.

The release of Pump was followed by a one-year tour from October 1989 that included more than 150 appearances, most of which took place on American soil.

Track list

  1. Young Lust (Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Jim Vallance) - 4:18
  2. FINE (Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Desmond Child) - 4:09
  3. Love in an Elevator (Steven Tyler, Joe Perry) - 5:38
    3.1 Going Down - 0:17
    3.2 Love in an Elevator - 5:21
  4. Monkey on My Back (Steven Tyler, Joe Perry) - 3:57
  5. Janie's Got a Gun (Steven Tyler, Tom Hamilton) - 5:38
    5.1 Water Song - 0:10
    5.2 Janie's Got a Gun - 5:28
  6. The Other Side (Steven Tyler, Jim Vallance) - 4:56
    6.1 Dulcimer Stomp - 0:52
    6.2 The Other Side - 4:04
  7. My Girl (Steven Tyler, Joe Perry) - 3:10
  8. Don't Get Mad, Get Even (Steven Tyler, Joe Perry) - 4:48
  9. Voodoo Medicine Man (Steven Tyler, Brad Whitford) - 4:39
    9.1 Hoodoo - 0:55
    9.2 Voodoo Medicine Man - 3:44
  10. What It Takes (Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Desmond Child ) - 6:28

Bonus track of the Japanese version

  1. Ain't Enough (Steven Tyler, Joe Perry) - 4:57


The album is one of Aerosmith's most commercially successful releases. It was ranked 13th in Germany and 5th in the United States, where it achieved seven times platinum status. In Australia, it was the only album in the group to take the top position to this day. In Canada, Pump came in second and was also awarded platinum 7 times. The album has sold over 11 million copies worldwide to date, making it Aerosmith's most commercially successful studio album after Get a Grip , the successor from 1993.

Fans and critics also received the album largely positively. In Rock Hard, for example, Thomas Kupfer came to the following conclusion: " Pump easily holds the standard of the megaseller Permanent Vacation and shows the band even more differentiated than on the days of this comeback album." Not a single track should be rated as a failure, Love in on Elevator is a "potential hit single". In 2007 the magazine put Pump 130th on its best list of 500 albums. Wolfgang Schäfer saw the predecessor Permanent Vacation “topped”. With “a lot of authentic Seventies flair” the songs were embedded in “a powerful and modern sounding production”. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic wrote that Permanent Vacation was a bit oversaturated with the pop concessions, reveled in Pump without losing sight of the band's “dirty hard rock core”. But the record is not a “sellout”. Janie's Got a Gun , for example, is more complex than most of the band's songs so far.

Video publications on Pump

Things That Go Pump in the Night

This is a VHS released in 1990 containing the music videos for Love in an Elevator , Janie's Got a Gun and What It Takes, as well as a video on the creation of the latter song.

The Making of Pump

In 1994 this 110-minute film about the creation of the album was released, which consists of various interviews, backstage recordings and various video material. This film was also released on DVD for the first time in 1998.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b Rock Hard (Ed.): Best of Rock and Metal. Heel, Königswinter 2007, ISBN 3-89880-517-4 , p. 169
  2. ^ Richard Stim: Music Law: How to Run Your Band's Business , p. 208
  3. Thomas Kupfer: Pump review on rockhard.de
  4. Stephen Thomas Erlewine: Pump review on allmusic.de