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Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)

"Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)" is a song performed by American hard rock band Aerosmith that appeared on the band's 1997 album Nine Lives. The song was written by Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and Glen Ballard, who had signed on to produce Nine Lives. Although he was dropped from the role halfway through production and replaced by Kevin Shirley, Ballard was still credited for his contributions to the album; he also co-wrote "Pink" with Tyler and Perry and "Taste of India" with Tyler and Richard Supa.

"Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)"
Aerosmith Falling in Love single.jpeg
Single by Aerosmith
from the album Nine Lives
B-side"Fall Together"
ReleasedFebruary 11, 1997
FormatCassette, CD
Recorded1996
GenreHard rock, blues rock
Length3:26
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Glen Ballard
Producer(s)Kevin Shirley
Aerosmith singles chronology
"Nine Lives"
(1997)
"Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)"
(1997)
"Hole in My Soul"
(1997)

Released as a single in February 1997, the song topped the Spanish Singles Chart and reached number two in Canada for four weeks. It also topped the UK Rock Chart and the US Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. Elsewhere, the song peaked at number seven in Finland and reached the top 30 in Iceland, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. On the US Billboard Hot 100, it reached number 35, becoming the second highest-charting song from the album on that chart, after "Pink".

BackgroundEdit

"Falling in Love" was released as the first major single from Nine Lives in 1997. The song is certainly a rocking number, yet maintains the mainstream appeal found in the former Get a Grip singles. The horns arrangements were written by lead singer Steven Tyler and David Campbell.

Tyler got the inspiration for the title off a bumper sticker he saw a few years previously. The line "But you like the way I hold the microphone" was a reference to an almost identical line in The Rolling Stones' 1965 song "The Spider and the Fly".

Chart performanceEdit

The song was a popular hit around the world, reaching number 35 on the US Billboard Hot 100, number one on the US Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and in Spain, number two in Canada, number 22 on the UK Singles Chart, and number 46 in Australia.

Music videoEdit

A music video was produced to promote the single. The video was directed by Michael Bay, and had a surreal landscape described as "12 Monkeys meets Brazil", which was meant to parody grunge videos. Many supermodels, such as Angie Everhart, are featured dressed as nurses, dominatrices and princesses.[1]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleLength
1."Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)" (LP version)3:25
2."Fall Together" (LP version)4:38
3."Sweet Emotion" (LP version)4:34
4."Seasons of Wither" (LP version)5:39

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[17] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

AwardsEdit

The video for the song won the band a MTV Video Music Award for Best Rock Video in 1997.

ReferencesEdit

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  13. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Aerosmith – Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved April 20, 2015.
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  16. ^ "RPM '97 Year End Top 100 Hit Tracks". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  17. ^ "American single certifications – Aerosmith – Falling in Love". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved October 29, 2018. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.