Night in the Ruts

Night in the Ruts

Night in the Ruts
Studio album by Aerosmith
Released November 1, 1979
Recorded Spring - Summer 1979 at Mediasound and Record Plant
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 35:41
Label Columbia
Producer Aerosmith, Gary Lyons
Aerosmith chronology
Draw the Line
Night in the Ruts
Rock in a Hard Place
Singles from Night in the Ruts
  1. "Remember (Walking in the Sand)"
    Released: 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic [1]
Robert Christgau (C+) [2]
Rolling Stone (unfavorable) [3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide [4]

Night in the Ruts is the sixth studio album by American rock band Aerosmith, released on November 1, 1979, by Columbia Records. Joe Perry left the band midway through its recording. The album was initially produced at the Bands Warehouse/Rehearsal space by Jack Douglas who had produced Aerosmith's previous four albums, but later, Columbia Records brought in Gary Lyons to replace Douglas as the producer.

Recording of Night in the Ruts began in the spring of 1979, but when it was only halfway finished, the record label and management ordered the band to go out on tour in order to generate some revenue, as they had quickly burned through the budget allotted to them. This premature tour during the summer months pushed the album's release to late in the year. Even worse, substance abuse among the band members was getting worse and they started fighting among themselves. This led to a number of missed and sloppy live performances, finally culminating in a violent fight involving the band members and their wives. Joe Perry quit the band halfway through the tour. Prior to his departure, Perry had completed guitar parts for "No Surprize," "Chiquita," "Cheese Cake," "Three Mile Smile," and "Bone to Bone (Coney Island White Fish Boy)." The guitar parts for the remaining songs were recorded by Brad Whitford, Richie Supa, Neil Thompson, and Jimmy Crespo (who later became Perry's official replacement from 1979–84).

"Bone to Bone (Coney Island White Fish Boy)" is the most performed song from Night In The Ruts, with 144 performances. It received heavy rotation in the band's live setlist during the second half of the 1980s, but had largely been dropped by 1990. Also included on the album was a cover of "Think About It," a Yardbirds B-side from 1968 that Aerosmith had occasionally played live through the 70s.

Stylistically, Night in the Ruts marked an attempt to return to the straight hard rock sound of Toys In The Attic and Rocks after their previous album, Draw The Line took a slight divergence by adding keyboards and female backing vocals. A contemporary Rolling Stone review argued that "the tracks on Night In The Ruts largely derive from the band's mid-70s recordings, but do not add anything new to them". It also criticized their cover of the Shangri-Las song "Remember (Walking in the Sand)" for "wavering inconsistently between hard rock and the Spectorian grandeur of the original". The album is considered to mark a transition between the raw sound of Aerosmith's early years to the more polished, radio-friendly feel they would adopt in the following decade.

Despite some critical acclaim and early success, the album quickly fell down the charts. The album has since achieved platinum status. Promo videos for "No Surprize" and "Chiquita" were filmed (featuring Jimmy Crespo); however, these videos received little television airplay. "Chiquita" is available on the band's Video Scrapbook VHS and laserdisc release. "No Surprize" was Steven Tyler's favorite song.[5]

The title is an intentional spoonerism of the phrase "right in the nuts", which was subsequently the title of the tour, and was shown on the back artwork for the album.


  • Track listing 1
    • Side one 1.1
    • Side two 1.2
  • Personnel 2
    • Additional personnel 2.1
  • Production 3
  • Charts 4
  • Certifications 5
  • Cover versions 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Track listing

Side one

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "No Surprize"   Steven Tyler, Joe Perry 4:25
2. "Chiquita"   Tyler, Perry 4:24
3. "Remember (Walking in the Sand)"   Shadow Morton 4:03
4. "Cheese Cake"   Tyler, Perry 4:15

Side two

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Three Mile Smile"   Tyler, Perry 3:40
2. "Reefer Head Woman"   Joe Bennett, Jazz Gillum, Lester Melrose 4:03
3. "Bone to Bone (Coney Island White Fish Boy)"   Tyler, Perry 2:58
4. "Think About It"   Keith Relf, Jimmy Page, Jim McCarty 3:31
5. "Mia"   Tyler 4:15


Additional personnel




- Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1979 The Billboard 200 14
1979 Japanese Albums Chart[6] 39

- Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1979 "Remember (Walking in the Sand)" Billboard Hot 100 67


Organization Level Date
RIAA - USA Gold[7] March 13, 1980
Platinum[7] October 28, 1994
CIA – Canada Gold December 1, 1997

Cover versions

"No Surprize" was covered by Jani Lane, Chris Holmes, Joe Perry's son Adrian and Steve Riley for the Aerosmith tribute album Not the Same Old Song and Dance (Eagle Records, 1999). Additional guitars were by the album's producers Bob Kulick and Bruce Bouillet. Backing vocals were by David Glen Eisley.


  1. ^ Night in the Ruts at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Night in the Ruts". Robert Christgau. 
  3. ^ Fricke, David (1980-02-07). "Night in the Ruts".  
  4. ^ "Aerosmith: Album Guide | Rolling Stone Music". Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  5. ^ "Steven Tyler on AeroForceOne". Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  6. ^ "エアロスミスのCDアルバムランキング、エアロスミスのプロフィールならオリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE". Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  7. ^ a b "Gold and Platinum Database Search". Retrieved 2009-11-24. 

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