Walk This Way
Walk This Way is about a high school student who loses his virginity . It was sung by Steven Tyler and contains rap- like passages such as "so I took a big chance at the high school dance" ("So I took it to the high school dance"). Marty Feldman's Frankenstein Junior served as inspiration for the text .
In addition to the elaborate verses, the refrain essentially consists of the repetition of the sentence “Walk this way, talk this way” (“Do it like that, then speak this way”). In many appearances the band often repeats the line “talk this way”, also with the audience. Long guitar solos are also played at the concerts, and Tyler imitated the riffs with his voice. In Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 best songs of all time , the original reached number 336 and the cover number 287. It was first published on August 28, 1975.
Cover version of Run-DMC feat. Aerosmith
In 1986, Run-DMC re-recorded the classic in cooperation with Aerosmith. While recording the album Raising Hell , producer Rick Rubin took the Aerosmith album Toys in the Attic for inspiration . Rubin suggested doing a remake of Walk This Way with the group . Neither Simmons nor McDaniels liked the idea at first, but Jason Mizell aka Jam Master Jay took a liking to it and later decided to re-record it.
The cover version was released in July 1986 and reached the top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 . In addition to rap, the version also contains elements of rock , pop and hip-hop . Afrika Bambaataa was involved as a DJ , who also mixed remixes of songs by well-known groups.
The music video was directed by Jon Small. In the video, Run-DMC and Aerosmith initially symbolically fight a duel until Steven Tyler breaks the wall between the two bands. Later in the video they both perform the song together.