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Livin' on the Edge

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"Livin' on the Edge"
Single by Aerosmith
from the album Get a Grip
B-side""Don't Stop", "Can't Stop Messin'""
ReleasedFebruary 23, 1993
FormatCassette single, CD single
GenreHard rock
Length6:07 (album version), 6:21 (full version)
Songwriter(s)Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Mark Hudson
Producer(s)Bruce Fairbairn
Aerosmith singles chronology
"Sweet Emotion (reissue)"
"Livin' on the Edge"
"Eat the Rich"
Alternative cover
Strictly Limited Edition
Strictly Limited Edition

"Livin' on the Edge" is a song by American hard rock band Aerosmith. The song was written by Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and Mark Hudson. It was released in 1993 as the first single from the band's commercially successful album Get a Grip. The single reached number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart,[1] number three on the Cash Box Top 100,[2] and number one on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart, where it remained for nine weeks,[1] making it Aerosmith's most successful single on that chart. In the UK, the song peaked at number 19 on the British pop chart in April 1993.[3]

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According to the band's autobiography Walk This Way, the song was inspired by the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Steven Tyler also mentions in the book that the song features the sound of a bass drum he stole from his high school; four loud beats are heard from that drum in a pause between the final verse and chorus.

Music video

The music video depicts vandalism, grand theft auto, joyriding, airbag crashing, unprotected sex, violence among school-aged youth, cross-dressing teachers, a naked Steven Tyler holding a zipper by his crotch with half his body painted black (to give the effect he pulled down a zipper, unzipping his body) and lead guitarist Joe Perry playing a lead guitar solo in front of an oncoming train. Directed by Marty Callner, the video featured acting by Edward Furlong.

In concert

"Livin' on the Edge" has been a staple at Aerosmith concerts ever since its release.

During the Get a Grip Tour, the band performed a portion of "She Cried" (a song recorded by Jay and the Americans, among other artists) as the intro to "Livin' on the Edge". Performances often involved Tyler screaming "There ain't no life nowhere" (from the song "I Don't Live Today" by The Jimi Hendrix Experience) and then breathing heavily over a bright light during the brief interlude.

"Livin' on the Edge" was performed at the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards, the 36th Grammy Awards, and at Woodstock '94.

Additionally, the band performed the song as part of its set at the United We Stand benefit concert, held in Washington, D.C. shortly after the September 11 terrorist attacks.


"Livin' on the Edge" met with dismissive reactions from music critics. Reviewing Get a Grip for Rolling Stone, Mark Coleman cited "Livin' on the Edge" as an example of the album "playing it safe according to strict late-Eighties directives", and added that it "ascends into a soaring, Bon Jovi-esque power chorale; only the gritty guitars on the bridge keep the damn thing grounded."[4] David Browne of Entertainment Weekly also found the song was uncomfortably derivative of Bon Jovi, remarking that it "might have worked better if it didn’t sound like Bon Jovi trying hard to sound like Aerosmith."[5] Both Browne and Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine described the song's lyrics as a halfhearted, ineffectual attempt at social commentary.[5][6]

The song won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for the year 1993.[7]

The popular video for the song earned the band a Viewer's Choice award at the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards.

The video was also voted "Best Video" by Metal Edge readers in the magazine's 1993 Readers' Choice Awards.[8]


Covers and other versions

The song was parodied by "Weird Al" Yankovic as "Livin' in the Fridge" on his Alapalooza album

Bob Rivers has done a version for his radio show as "Growin' in the Fridge" on his website.

Metalcore band Atreyu covered the song on their Covers of the Damned EP.

In other media

"Livin' on the Edge" was used as the theme song for the first four seasons of History's reality television show Ice Road Truckers, from 2007 to 2011.

The song is also playable on the video game Guitar Hero: Aerosmith and is available as DLC for Guitar Hero 5 and Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock.

The music video was featured in an earlier showing of the Beavis and Butt-Head episode "At the Sideshow", before being replaced by "Rock On" by Michael Damian and "Twilight Zone" by Golden Earring.

The song is also the theme song for Supertalk Mississippi's The JT Show.

The song is also used as the theme song of a Pakistani dare show by the same name hosted by Waqar Zaka.

Track listing

CD Single

1."Livin' on the Edge" (LP Version)Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Mark Hudson6:07
2."Don't Stop" (Previously Unreleased)Tyler, Perry, Jim Vallance4:05
3."Flesh" (LP Version)Tyler, Perry, Desmond Child5:57

U.S. CD Maxi-Single

1."Livin' on the Edge" (LP Version)Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Mark Hudson6:07
2."Livin' on the Edge" (Acoustic Version)Tyler, Perry, Hudson5:46
3."Livin' on the Edge" (Demo)Tyler, Perry, Hudson5:11
4."Don't Stop" (Previously Unreleased)Tyler, Perry, Jim Vallance4:06
5."Can't Stop Messin'" (Previously Unreleased)Tyler, Perry, Desmond Child3:30

Strictly Limited Edition CD Single

1."Livin' on the Edge" (LP Version)Tyler, Perry, Hudson6:07
2."Livin' on the Edge" (Acoustic Version)Tyler, Perry, Hudson5:41
3."Can't Stop Messin'" (International Release LP Version)Tyler, Perry, Jack Blades, Tommy Shaw3:21

CD Single Allemand

1."Livin' on the Edge" (LP Version)Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Mark Hudson6:07
2."Don't Stop" (Previously Unreleased)Tyler, Perry, Jim Vallance4:05
3."Flesh" (LP Version)Tyler, Perry, Desmond Child5:57
4."Livin' on the Edge" (Acoustic Version)Tyler, Perry, Hudson5:41


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