Toys in the Attic (song)

"Toys in the Attic"
Single by Aerosmith
from the album Toys in the Attic
A-side"You See Me Crying"
ReleasedNovember 11, 1975
RecordedJanuary - February 1975 at Record Plant Studios, New York
GenreHard rock, heavy metal, protopunk
Songwriter(s)Steven Tyler and Joe Perry
Producer(s)Jack Douglas
Aerosmith singles chronology
"You See Me Crying"
"Toys in the Attic"
"Last Child"

"Toys in the Attic" is a song by American hard rock band Aerosmith. Written by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, it is the first song and title track from the band's third album Toys in the Attic, their bestselling studio album in the United States. It was released as the B-side to the "You See Me Crying" single in 1975.


The song "Toys in the Attic" is part of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list.[1]

The song was included as a playable track in the video games Rock Band 4 and Guitar Hero: Aerosmith.

Other versions[edit]

The song is also featured on two of the band's live albums, Live! Bootleg (1978) and Classics Live II (1987). It is also found as a bonus track on some pressings of the career-spanning collection O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits (2002).

Cover versions[edit]

R.E.M. recorded a version of the song in 1986 as a B-side to their single "Fall on Me". This can be found on Dead Letter Office, with guitarist Peter Buck saying that the song "...was always fun to play live."

It has also been covered by The Answer, Black Happy, Metal Church, Warrant, Ratt and Roadsaw.

Stephen Pearcy, Tracii Guns, Phil Soussan and Aynsley Dunbar performed it for the Aerosmith tribute album Not the Same Old Song and Dance (Eagle Records, 1999). Backing vocals were by David Glen Eisley. This version resurfaced on a set entitled Guns Box: Attitude for Destruction.


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