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|"Deuces Are Wild"|
|Single by Aerosmith|
|from the album Big Ones and The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience|
|Recorded||1988 / 1989|
|Songwriter(s)||Steven Tyler and Jim Vallance|
|Aerosmith singles chronology|
"Deuces Are Wild" is a song performed by American hard rock band Aerosmith. It was written by lead singer Steven Tyler and professional songwriter Jim Vallance. It was originally considered for inclusion on the Pump album in 1989.
The song eventually surfaced as a track on the compilation album The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience in late 1993, and was released as a promotional single in early 1994. The single was successful on rock radio, topping the U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for four weeks in the spring of 1994 and reaching #25 in Canada.
Vallance wrote the music for the song in 1988 and recorded a demo in his home studio. The demo was sent to the band on a cassette that included other potential Aerosmith songs, including "The Other Side". According to Vallance, Geffen A&R rep John Kalodner liked the music and Tyler's lyrics, but did not like the song's title. Vallance and Tyler refused to change it, and Kalodner responded by nixing the song from Pump. Vallance noted that he believed that the released version was simply his home demo with overdubs by Tyler, Joe Perry, and Joey Kramer, rather than being a complete Aerosmith recording.
"Deuces are Wild" was included on the band's 1994 compilation for Geffen Records, Big Ones. It was also included on the 2001 compilation album Young Lust: The Aerosmith Anthology, Aerosmith's career-spanning two-disc compilation O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits in 2002, the 2007 compilation 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection - The Best of Aerosmith, and 2011's Tough Love: Best of the Ballads.