Ultimate Mix Tape: Aerosmith's Joe Perry Lists 60 Minutes of Music That's Closest to His Heart
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry presents 60 minutes of music that is closest to his heart.
"SWEET LITTLE ROCK 'N' ROLLER" — CHUCK BERRY
His Best, Vol. 2 (1997)
"I've heard so many bad versions of Chuck Berry songs – nobody ever comes close when they play this stuff. Okay, the Stones do a pretty good job because they get the idea about the backbeat. It's how he lays it into the rhythm. I call it the push-pull, where something's holding it straight and the other half is moving, so it creates this exquisite tension.
"You'd have to say it's about sex, and played by a black man in those days it created a revolution. It was like when they first played “Bolero” — the women started to get a little wet on the top lip and it made the guys nuts."
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