Famed songwriter Desmond Child revealed that his collaboration with Aerosmith on the 1987 classic, "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)" was inspired by Motley Crue's Vince Neil.
Child, who's renowned for his work with Kiss and Bon Jovi, spoke to Celebrity Access and recalled how the song came to be: "It was Steven (Tyler) who came up with the title ‘Dude (Looks Like A Lady).' But he had turned it into 'Cruisin' For The Ladies' because they thought that 'Dude (Looks Like A Lady)' would be offensive to the gay community. I said, 'I’m gay. It’s not offensive. It’s great.' And I convinced them to go down that path."
Child went on to say, "We basically told the story that he had told me. . . He had gone into a club and saw this gorgeous creature at the end of the bar with teased-up platinum mullet and black nails and porcelain skin and jewelry and with a curvy waist. Then the creature turns around, and it’s Vince Neil of Motley Crue. Then they were like, 'My God, that dude looks like a lady.'"
Desmond Child has written more than 80 Top 40 hits, including Bon Jovi’s "Livin’ On A Prayer" and "You Give Love A Bad Name, "Ricky Martin’s "Livin’ La Vida Loca, "Kiss’s "I Was Made For Lovin’ You," and Aerosmith’s “Dude (Looks Like A Lady)” and “Angel.”
Source: Celebrity Access
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