Vintage Video Aerosmith
Aerosmith , in the form of 'I Don't Want To Miss A Thing.' Now gather round for a wee lesson in ancient 1990s history.
'I Don't Want To Miss A Thing' capped off a tremendous run of hits for the 'Smith. Once known as Boston's own version of Led Zep, Aerosmith reinvented themselves in the mid 1990s as masters of the power ballad.
Their 1993 album, Get A Grip , spawned three smashes, ' Amazing ,' ' Cryin' ' and ' Crazy ,' all of which featured Aerosmith lead singer's spawn, Liv Tyler (as well as Clueless' Alicia Silverstone), in their videos. These were saccharine slow dances, and the videos got increasingly more melodramatic and epic as the band's popularity grew.
Cut to '98. The video for 'Don't Want To Miss A Thing,' and the point where Aerosmith jump the shark, or, the incoming meteor, as it were.
See, Armageddon is a film about a giant rock hurtling towards Earth, and the group of misfit oil-drillers that function as humanity's only hope.
'I Don't Want To Miss A Thing' is a video about how, even though there's a meteor the size of Texas heading for ol' Mama Earth, everybody with a TV, young and old, are huddled around... WATCHING AEROSMITH'S VIDEO FOR 'I DON'T WANT TO MISS A THING.' I mean, even the guys at NASA, who, even in non-states of global emergency should have something better to do, are watching Steven Tyler and his brood wail and howl.
Perhaps, and I am just spit-balling here, it is this hubris that has led the Aerosmith crooner to the inauspicious depth of performing, gratis, at a Home Depot in Rancho Mirage, California. Just a theory.
Check out Aerosmith's 'I Don't Want To Miss A Thing,' from the Armageddon soundtrack, below.