How Aerosmith's 'Dude (Looks Like a Lady)' was "saved" by Desmond Child

News 06/04/2021

Award-winning songwriter, Desmond Child, recalled how to contributed to Aerosmith's hit song, 'Dude (Looks Like a Lady)'.

In 1987, Child was brought in to help Aerosmith on their 'Permanent Vacation' album. Although at the time, Vocalist Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry were not too keen on his input in their creative process.

Child told Celebrity Access that Tyler was the one who came up with the song's title. "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."

According to Child, the story behind the song goes like this:

[Tyler] 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 jewellery 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."