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10. 'Night in the Ruts'
Aerosmith were in complete meltdown mode when they began work on Night in the Ruts in early 1979. Drug abuse was ripping the group apart and relations between Joe Perry and Steven Tyler were at an all-time low. They were also burning through their money and they had to walk away from the project midway through to play some gigs. Backstage at a show at Cleveland stadium, Perry and Tyler got into a horrible fight and the guitarist quit. A bunch of studio guitarists attempted to fill Perry's void for recording (including his eventual replacement Jimmy Crespo), and they padded out what few songs they had with covers like "Think About It" by the Yardbirds and the Shangri-Las classic "Remember (Walking in the Sand.)" Despite all the problems, the album manages to have some very nice moments, especially "Bone to Bone." The LP did seem like a low point at the time, but they'd sink much lower in the coming years.