Original Song: Aerosmith "Toys In The Attic" (1975)


In which one of history's least rocking major “rock” bands—already a couple years past their pleasant but innocuous jangle-pop peak—offers an anorexic take on one of history's all-time raving and foreboding hard rock screamers.

The same year, Run-D.M.C. covered “Walk This Way,” with Joe Perry and Steve Tyler helping out. But here's what Perry told me when I interviewed him for Creem in 1987: “If R.E.M. had called us up and said, 'Listen, you wanna play on “Toys In The Attic”?', we wouldn't have done it.”