Permanent Vacation (Aerosmith album)

Permanent Vacation is the ninth studio album by American rock band Aerosmith, released in August 1987 by Geffen Records.[10]

Permanent Vacation
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 25, 1987 (1987-08-25)
RecordedMarch – May 1987
ProducerBruce Fairbairn
Aerosmith chronology
Done with Mirrors
Permanent Vacation
Singles from Permanent Vacation
  1. "Hangman Jury"
    Released: August 18, 1987[3]
  2. "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)"
    Released: September 22, 1987[3]
  3. "Angel"
    Released: January 5, 1988[3]
  4. "Rag Doll"
    Released: May 3, 1988[3]
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars [4]
Christgau's Record GuideC+[5]
Rolling Stone(unfavorable) [6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2/5 stars [7]
Metal Forces(9.9/10)[8]
The Daily VaultB+[9]

The album marked a turning point in the band's career. It was their first to employ songwriters outside the band, instead of featuring songs solely composed by them.[6] This came at the suggestion of executive John Kalodner. He also pushed the band to work with producer Bruce Fairbairn, who remained with them for another two albums.[11] It was also the first Aerosmith album to be promoted by heavy music video airplay on MTV. Though Done with Mirrors was intended to mark Aerosmith's comeback, Permanent Vacation is often considered their true comeback, as it was the band's first truly popular album since their reunion. "Rag Doll", "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)", and "Angel" became major hits (all three charted in the Top 20) and helped Permanent Vacation become the band's greatest success in a decade.

The album features a cover of the Beatles' "I'm Down", which originally appeared as a B-side to their single "Help!" in 1965. This was Aerosmith's second commercially released Beatles cover, after "Come Together".

Permanent Vacation has sold over five million copies in the U.S.[12]

In the UK, it was the first Aerosmith album to attain both Silver (60,000 units sold) and Gold (100,000 units sold) certification by the British Phonographic Industry, achieving these in July 1989 and March 1990 respectively.[13]

Track listingEdit

Side one
1."Heart's Done Time"Joe Perry, Desmond Child4:42
2."Magic Touch"Steven Tyler, Perry, Jim Vallance4:37
3."Rag Doll"Tyler, Perry, Vallance, Holly Knight4:25
4."Simoriah"Tyler, Perry, Vallance3:22
5."Dude (Looks Like a Lady)"Tyler, Perry, Child4:25
6."St. John"Tyler4:10
Side two
1."Hangman Jury"Tyler, Perry, Vallance5:33
2."Girl Keeps Coming Apart"Tyler, Perry4:13
3."Angel"Tyler, Child5:08
4."Permanent Vacation"Tyler, Brad Whitford4:49
5."I'm Down" (The Beatles cover)John Lennon, Paul McCartney2:20
6."The Movie"Tyler, Perry, Whitford, Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer4:00
Total length:51:38


Adapted from the album liner notes[14] and AllMusic.[15][unreliable source?] Track numbers refer to CD and digital releases of the album.




Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[21] 5× Platinum 500,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[22] Gold 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[23] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[24] 5× Platinum 5,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ Schaffner, Lauryn (September 5, 2019). "Aerosmith Add 15 New 2020 Dates to Las Vegas Residency". 1077 WRKR. Retrieved 2021-02-09. ...2001’s ‘Push Play’ was Aerosmith’s fifth straight exercise in the sort of widescreen pop metal inaugurated by ‘Permanent Vacation'...
  3. ^ a b c d Strong, Martin (2002) [First published in 1994]. The Great Rock Discography (Sixth ed.). United Kingdom: Canongate Books. ISBN 1-84195-312-1.
  4. ^ Franck, John. Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (1990). "A". Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s. Pantheon Books. ISBN 0-679-73015-X. Retrieved August 16, 2020 – via
  6. ^ a b Frost, Deborah (1987-10-22). "Permanent Vacation". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-05-14.
  7. ^ "Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2011-04-21.
  8. ^ Reynolds, Dave (1987). "Aerosmith - Permanent Vacation". Metal Forces (25). Retrieved 2012-07-05.
  9. ^ Thelen, Christopher (2019). "The Daily Vault Music Reviews : Permanent Vacation". Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  10. ^ John Franck & Eduardo Rivadavia. "Permanent Vacation - Aerosmith > Overview". AllMusic. Retrieved November 15, 2010.
  11. ^ Interviews: A&R guru John Kalodner under the microscope
  12. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Archived from the original on 2015-10-18. Retrieved 2012-03-05.
  13. ^ "Search for "Aerosmith"". Retrieved 2012-06-01.
  14. ^ Big Ones (CD insert). Aerosmith. United States: Geffen Records. 1994. GEFD-24716.CS1 maint: others (link)
  15. ^ "Permanent Vacation - Aerosmith > Credits". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 15, 2010.
  16. ^ "Permanent Vacation - Aerosmith". Retrieved November 15, 2010.
  17. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Archived from the original on 2012-10-20. Retrieved 2012-03-05.
  18. ^ "エアロスミスのCDアルバムランキング、エアロスミスのプロフィールならオリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE". Retrieved 2013-05-02.
  19. ^ "Aerosmith - Permanent Vacation". Official Charts Company. 1990-04-28. Retrieved 2012-03-05.
  20. ^ Steffen Hung (1988-10-30). "Aerosmith - Permanent Vacation". Retrieved 2012-03-05.
  21. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Aerosmith – Permanent Vacation". Music Canada. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
  22. ^ "Japanese album certifications – Aerosmith – Permanent Vacation" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan.
  23. ^ "British album certifications – Aerosmith – Permanent Vacation". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved February 1, 2013. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Permanent Vacation in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  24. ^ "American album certifications – Aerosmith – Permanent Vacation". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved February 1, 2013. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.