Sweet Emotion is one of Aerosmith’s greatest songs! It was first released back in 1975 as the first single from their album Toys in the Attic, which also included their iconic song Walk This Way. In 1991, they re-released Sweet Emotion as a single from their ’91 box set Pandora’s Box. The original version of Sweet Emotion peaked at number 36 on the Hot 100 chart, making it their first top 40 hit, and the ’91 re-issue peaked at number 36 on the Mainstream Rock chart.
While the song was a moderate hit on rock radio in ’91, the music video was a hit on MTV featuring a teenage boy calling a phone sex line, and both he and the phone sex operator “acting” like they were someone else. The video is a homage to 1983’s Risky Business, in that the opening scenes of the young man talking to the woman are almost identical to the scenes in the film of Tom Cruise’s character talking on the phone to the call girl.
Enjoy this look back at Aerosmith’s 1991 music video for Sweet Emotion as well as some awesome live performances of Sweet Emotion throughout the years!