S.O.S. (Too Bad)

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"S.O.S. (Too Bad)"
Single by Aerosmith
from the album Get Your Wings
B-side"Lord of the Thighs"
RecordedDecember 17, 1973–January 14, 1974 at Record Plant Studios
GenreHard rock
Songwriter(s)Steven Tyler
Producer(s)Jack Douglas
Aerosmith singles chronology
"Train Kept A-Rollin'"
"S.O.S. (Too Bad)"
"Sweet Emotion"

"S.O.S. (Too Bad)" is a song by American hard rock band Aerosmith. It was released in 1974 as their third single from their second album Get Your Wings.


Written by Steven Tyler, it is a hard rocking song focusing on sex and sleaze, with a chorus of "I'm a bad, lonely school boy, and I'm a rat, and it's too bad, can't get me none of that." The song starts off with a fast drum beat and basic guitar riff, then slows down, and builds up once again, with Steven Tyler's rapid-fire, fierce lyrics accompanying. The song's lyrical content and musical styles are in the vein of "blooze", a grittier hard rock version of blues music, often with lyrics focused on sex, drugs, and urban life.

The song has remained a fan favorite and has been a staple in the setlists on Aerosmith's most recent tours, the Rockin' the Joint Tour and the Route of All Evil Tour.

S.O.S. stands for "Same Old Shit".[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

  1. S.O.S. (Too Bad)
  2. Lord of the Thighs


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