Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)

"Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)" is a song by American hard rock band Aerosmith that appeared on the band's 12th studio album, Nine Lives (1997). 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 (1997-02-11)
Length3:26
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Kevin Shirley
Aerosmith singles chronology
"Nine Lives"
(1997)
"Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)"
(1997)
"Hole in My Soul"
(1997)
Music video
"Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)" on YouTube

Released as a single on February 11, 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 track peaked at number four in the Czech Republic while reaching the top 10 in Finland and the top 30 in Iceland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. On the US Billboard Hot 100, it reached number 35.

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

Track listingsEdit

US CD and cassette single[2][3]

  1. "Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)" – 3:25
  2. "Fall Together" – 4:38

UK and Australian CD single[4][5]

  1. "Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)" – 3:25
  2. "Fall Together" – 4:38
  3. "Sweet Emotion" – 4:34
  4. "Season of Wither" – 5:39

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[27] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref(s).
United States February 11, 1997
Columbia [28][29]
United Kingdom February 24, 1997
  • 7-inch vinyl
  • CD
  • cassette
[30]

ReferencesEdit

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