History of the song "Crazy" - Aerosmith (1994)
"Crazy" is a powerful ballad performed by the American rock band Aerosmith, written by Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Desmond Child . It was the last single from their hugely successful 1993 album Get a Grip, released in May 1994. The composition "Crazy" reached No. 17 on the US Billboard Hot 100, No. 3 in Canada and No. 1 in Iceland within the first two weeks. In Finland (No. 8) and the United Kingdom (No. 23), the record was released as a double: the back side featured the composition "Blind Man".
The video for the song was directed by Marty Kalner and received extensive rotation on MTV. It was one of the most requested videos of 1994. It was Alicia Silverstone's third television appearance, and it was the career debut of Steven's then teenage daughter Liv Tyler. The makers of the video had seen Liv in a Pantene advert, so they were confident in their choice.
The video is like a classic American film of the time: it depicts two high school girls who skip class and run away, driving off in a dark blue Ford Mustang convertible (in the manner of the then-hit 1991 film Thelma and Louise). The girls use their looks to get whatever they want. The video is edited to show the similarities in the stage acts of Steven Tyler and his daughter Liv. Next, the girls participate in an "explicit" dance contest and then spend the night in a motel.
They continue "their game" the next day when they meet a shirtless, tanned young farmer (played by model Dean Kelly) riding a combine harvester in the countryside. The girls persuade the guy to join them on their journey and then, they all take a friendly swim in the lake. The girls take off his clothes and leave him alone in the lake. The naked guy chases after them and jumps into their convertible. The final seconds of the video shows the word "Crazy" written in italics on the arable soil with a combine still running. The farmer jumps out of the cab and runs to his workplace. The girls drive off on their own... At the very end, the viewer can see a small cameo by Jason London. The girls leave him on the road with his belongings as they drive past.....
There is also a longer version, the director's cut. It contains several more provocative scenes, including an explicit pole-dancing scene. Also in the director's version the scene where the girls leave the farmer afterwards is cut out. Both versions of the music video include an additional scene with Jason London. It is not on the album and radio versions.
This song earned the band a Grammy Award for "Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group Vocal" in 1994. It was the band's second Grammy statuette for the album "Get a Grip" and third overall. The video for "Crazy" was ranked #23 on VH1's Top 100 music videos of all time.