Has any band enjoyed a lengthier period of commercial viability than Aerosmith?

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  1. thrashmetl

    thrashmetl Supporting Member

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    I've never been much of an Aerosmith fan, but I was out at a restaurant yesterday and a 90's Aerosmith video came on and it got me thinking.

    When I was in middle school Get A Grip came out and it was the biggest album I can remember at the time, everyone had it and it was all over MTV. Dream On came out 20 years before that. Every band at 20 years old that I can think of other than Aerosmith was a nostalgia act by that point in their career, but Aerosmith was at the top of the world and still selling records to the part of the demographic that matters, the one that actually buys records.

    Maybe I'm blanking, but has there ever been another band that was still hugely popular and relevant with the youth demographic at 20 years old? BTW, I'm not talking about old album sales, I'm talking about new music.
     
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    Where are we drawing the line(hehe)?

    '72-'01(commercially viable music) or
    '72-now(commercial viable personalities)?

    Either way, good run.

    Santana has hung in there for a bit.

    Original members for Aerosmith(save for 4 years)

    That's pretty impressive.
     
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    I can't even think of any 80's Stones they play on the radio, they may be alive and selling out arenas but the majority of the world stopped caring about new music in the mid 70's.

    Music, Steven will be relatively entertaining until he dies.

    Santana is definitely a nostalgia act, that's why he needed all the new acts to sing for him on that album a while back so they could copy and paste the same solo into the background of each song (I kid, I kid).
     
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    I remember new stones material getting pretty heavy rotation up until Bridges of Babylon.

    Mixed Emotions
    Rock in a hard place
    Love is strong
    You got me rockin
    Anybody seen my baby.

    Radio played the **** out of those, even the videos got air play.
     
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    I remember that one, but I was largely oblivious to the 80's as I was 9 in 1990.

    The question is though, were they playing the Stones on youth oriented radio or were their parents the ones buying the records. From the clothes they're wearing in the video, it seems like they're dressed like every other middle aged rockstar of the day and not going after the popular market.

    I guess I'm talking more about album sales and demographics here than anything.
     
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    I rememer they played Love is strong on the VMA's, Aerosmith played as well. Not sure who the target demo is for that. Roseanne hosted, so...
     
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    Aerosmith did stay "cooler" for a lot longer than the stones, IMO.

    Pump and get a grip were actual mainstream successes, and not based on past glory. They truly gained young fans based on current music.
     
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    Honestly, not bashing. 27sauce sums up perfectly what I'm getting at here. The Stones may have been popular, but were they gaining ground with the youth like Aerosmith was?

     
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    back in the 80's aerosmith released a fair amount of suckage. sappy chick ballads and such. i ended up seeing them live, and they blew me away. they played mostly the first 4 albums, and they were tight as hell. probably the best rock band i ever saw. i've heard so many bad stories about them live, but the show i saw, they rocked philly's socks that night.
     
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    Philly '90?

    I think that show is in youtube. Badass.

    They were pretty consistently great from '89 to '04.
     
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    Emotional Rescue and Tattoo You both came out in the 80s. Songs from those albums are on the radio all the time.
     
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    There we go! Good one.
     
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    hate to say this but Aerosmith was in decline by the late 70s and it wasn't until steven and joe did Walk This Way with Run DMC in the mid 80s that they started to take off again. as for hits when was the last time Aerosmith had a real hit? it's been while. pretty sure the Stones last greatest hits album that had a couple of new songs (Doom and Gloom still gets played around here on classic rock radio) outsold Aerosmiths last album. the Stones are the clear winner in the longevity catagory.
     
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    Definitely not talking about today, Aerosmith hasn't been viable since that Armageddon song.
     
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    The Stones haven't had a top 10 single since '89, Aerosmith had a number 1 in '98, and a number 5 in '01.
     

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