The Other Side (Aerosmith song)

The Other Side (Aerosmith song)

"The Other Side"
Single by Aerosmith
from the album Pump
B-side "My Girl"
Released June 6, 1990
Format Cassette, CD
Recorded 1989
Genre Hard rock
Length 4:07
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Steven Tyler
Jim Vallance
Producer(s) Bruce Fairbairn
Aerosmith singles chronology
"What It Takes"
"The Other Side"
"Monkey on My Back"

"The Other Side" is a song performed by American hard rock band Aerosmith, and written by Jim Vallance (music) and Steven Tyler (lyrics). It was released in 1990 as the fourth single from the band's highly successful 1989 album Pump.

The songwriting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland were eventually given songwriting credit on the song after threatening to file suit over what they perceived to be similarities between "The Other Side" and their song "Standing in the Shadows of Love".[1]


  • Music video 1
  • Success 2
  • Awards 3
  • Track listing 4
    • Maxi-single 4.1
    • Radio single 4.2
  • References 5

Music video

A music video was produced to promote the single. The video was directed by Marty Callner, and featured John Kalodner. The video includes the intro piece "Dulcimer Stomp".


Peaking at #22 on the Billboard Hot 100, the song marked a first for Aerosmith, as it became the fourth song from a single album of theirs to chart in the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100. Only Get a Grip has equaled this feat. The live footage was filmed during part of the bands swing through the south. Clips from their shows in Tallahassee, Jackson, New Orleans, and Shreveport were used in the video.

Additionally, the song reached #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, the third single from Pump to do so.

It was used in Tony Scott's 1993 film True Romance, with Christian Slater and Dennis Hopper.


The song won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Rock Video in 1991.

Track listing


All songs written and composed by Steven Tyler and Jim Vallance, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Other Side" (LP Version)   4:07
2. "The Other Side" (Matt Dike 'Honky Tonk' Version)   5:10
3. "The Other Side" (Club Mix)   7:05
4. "Theme From Wayne's World"   Mike Myers, Dana Carvey 1:30
5. "My Girl" (LP Version) Steven Tyler, Joe Perry 3:11

Radio single

All songs written and composed by Steven Tyler and Jim Vallance

No. Title Length
1. "The Other Side" (Matt Dike 'Honky Tonk' Version) 5:10
2. "The Other Side" (Club Mix) 7:05
3. "The Other Side" (Club Mix - Radio Edit) 6:16
4. "The Other Side" (LP Version) 4:07


  1. ^ "Aerosmith - Other Side". Retrieved 2010-03-20.