"Eat the Rich
" is a song performed by American hard rock
. It was written by Steven Tyler
, Joe Perry
, and Jim Vallance
. It was released as the first single from the band's 1993
album Get a Grip
. The song didn't chart on the Billboard Hot 100
, but it did experience success on rock radio, peaking at #5 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks
chart. In the UK
, the song peaked at #34. The band's next four singles and correlating videos, however, were able to garner more mainstream success for the album.
A fan favorite
The song quickly became a fan favorite, despite not having much mainstream success, and drew a rousing reaction from crowds when it was used as the band's opening song on the Get a Grip Tour. The band has played the song several times on their recent tour, the Route of All Evil Tour
, despite being generally limited to a 13-song setlist.
The song was featured on the band's 1994 Geffen Records-era greatest hits album Big Ones as well as the first song on the live double-album A Little South of Sanity.
The song features a heavy drum beat by Joey Kramer
and clear, well-defined guitar parts by Joe Perry
and Brad Whitford
, as well as a strong bass groove by Tom Hamilton
, and emotional lyrics delivered by Steven Tyler
The music video, which can only be seen on the band's compilation video Big Ones You Can Look At
, features footage of the band recording parts of the song in the studio, as well as odd-ball occurrences such as eyeballs, bones, and other things which may suggest the cannibalistic undertones of the song.
In addition to "Amazing
," "Eat the Rich" is featured on Tecmo's Dead or Alive 4
Also it was one of the looped songs on Revolution X Aerosmith's game by Midway Games.