How Steven Tyler Inspired By Vince Neil While Writing ‘Dude (Looks Like A Lady),’ Desmond Child Explains
Award-winning songwriter Desmond Child opened up about the writing process of Aerosmith’s legendary song ‘Dude (Looks Like a Lady)’ during an interview with Celebrity Access, and apparently, the song was based on Mötley Crüe lead vocalist Vince Neil along with its title.
As many of you might know, ‘Dude (Looks Like a Lady)’ is a song by Aerosmith which was released on September 22, 1987, as the lead single of the band’s ninth studio album, ‘Permanent Vacation.’ The track reached number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 when it first released and managed to become a staple song in the band’s tracklist for live performances.
During a recent interview, co-writer of the song Desmond Child opened up about the story behind ‘Dude (Looks Like a Lady’ and revealed that frontman Steven Tyler wanted to change the name of the song just because it may sound offensive to the LGBTQ+ community, however, Child stated that it does not feel that way coming from a gay person’s perspective.
The storyline about the track is actually based on Mötley Crüe’s lead singer Vince Neil when Tyler mistook him for a woman with long blonde hair at a bar. Aerosmith members made fun of the iconic frontman and the iconic name of the song was created at that moment.
Here is what Child said:
“It was Steven who came up with the title ‘Dude (Looks Like a Lady),’ but he had turned it into ‘Cruisin’ for the Ladies’ because they thought that ‘Dude (Looks Like a Lady)’ would be offensive to the gay community. I said, ‘I’m gay. It’s not offensive. It’s great.’ And I convinced them to go down that path.
We basically told the story that he had told me … he had gone into a club and saw this gorgeous creature at the end of the bar with teased-up platinum mullet and black nails and porcelain skin and jewelry and with a curvy waist. Then the creature turns around, and it’s Vince Neil of Motley Crue. Then they were like, ‘My God, that dude looks like a lady.”