The Aerosmith Song Alice Cooper Wished He Would Have Written
Sometimes, people appreciate a piece of art or a musical effort so much that they wish they would have been its creators. There are many classic hits in the music scene that define an era or stand uniquely among other pieces of work. So, it’s natural that many artists had the same thought upon listening to a track they liked.
Although Alice Cooper‘s music and Aerosmith‘s sound seem pretty different than each other, it appears Cooper wished he’d written an Aerosmith song. According to the Godfather of Shock Rock, this song is also a good and proper example of ‘the Alice Cooper sound.’ Moreover, it has an interesting backstory as well.
Alice Cooper Would Love To Have Written ‘Dude (Looks Like A Lady)’
In 1987, Aerosmith released ‘Dude (Looks Like A Lady)’ as the lead single of their ninth studio album titled ‘Permanent Vacation.’ Following its release, the song achieved considerable success and two VMA nominations. ‘Dude (Looks Like A Lady)’ is about a guy who looks so feminine that he is mistaken for a woman. As it turned out later, an encounter with Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil inspired Steven Tyler to write the song.
The story has it that Steven Tyler came across Vince Neil at a bar and mistook him for a woman due to Neil’s long blond hair and feminine features. Following this incident, Tyler decided to turn this entertaining story into a song and wrote ‘Dude (Looks Like A Lady).’
In 2017, Alice Cooper told NME that he should have written ‘Dude (Looks Like A Lady)’ and ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ because those songs reflect the Alice Cooper sound. Moreover, he admitted thinking, ‘I could never write that,’ upon hearing both songs. Cooper also told Rolling Stone in 2016 the song’s story and listed it among the songs he wished he’d written.
Here is what Cooper told the Rolling Stone magazine in 2016:
“They wrote this about Vince Neil. Mötley Crüe members were a bunch of good-looking girls then. They aren’t so cute anymore.”
Speaking to NME in 2017, Alice Cooper said the following:
“Aerosmith’s ‘Dude (Looks Like A Lady),’ I should have written. ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit,’ I should have written. Those were songs that were right up Alice Cooper’s alley. There are some songs that are just so good, you sit there, and you go, ‘I could never write that,’ but those two were two that I really should have written.”
You can listen to Aerosmith’s ‘Dude (Looks Like A Lady)’ below.