Surprisingly, the long-running Boston rock quintet Aerosmith never actually recorded an album called Sweet Emotion, even though that was the title of the band’s first-ever Top 40 hit single back in 1975 and a key track on the band’s legendary, breakthrough Toys In The Attic LP. But never mind. This minor historical slight has more than been corrected by the internet. Specifically, in the topsy-turvy alternate universe of a Tumblr called Every Album Is Aerosmith, literally every album is titled Sweet Emotion and credited to Aerosmith, regardless of who really recorded it. Remember Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan? Yeah, that’s Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith now.
Bruce Springsteen’s Born To Run LP? That’s Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith, too.
Lady Gaga’s The Fame Monster, likewise, will now be filed under either “A” for “Aerosmith.” (Or “S” for “Sweet Emotion.”)
In fact, this Tumblr seems to exist in a parallel world where Aerosmith was much, much more musically adventurous and eclectic and strayed far beyond the blues-based hard rock that made them rich and famous. According to the covers on display here, Aerosmith recorded albums in a variety of genres, from hip-hop to new wave to punk, apparently changing either their appearance or their line-up or both drastically with each new effort. Here, Aerosmith stand in for The Beatles, Devo, Public Enemy, The Sex Pistols, Nirvana, Kraftwerk, Dr. Dre, and countless others. The only major band whose discography is utterly missing from Every Album Is Aerosmith is Aerosmith itself. The group is simultaneously everywhere and nowhere on this Tumblr.