“Sniffin'” is an Aerosmith song left out of the Pump album and worked on during the 1989 demo sessions in Little Mountain Studios in Vancouver, Canada. It’s also been refereed to as “Looking Up Your Old Address” (which is what Tyler wanted the album to be called), and made it to the “A list” of song the band was working on.
Steven can be heard discussing it’s inclusion in the album during “The Making of Pump” documentary with producer Bruce Fairburn.
“It needed a bit longer, you yourself (the producer Bruce Fairbairn) said you wouldn’t wanna spend the whole day on a song, so if do get to do a song, just because it happens to be a little hard like, you know, hey whatever, “I am The Walrus” took the Beatles took a long time to get done, and it was approached like this, it would have been put in the back-burner, that’s all, you can’t dismiss that, that’s total not true, I mean, you know, it would have happened to two of these (songs) in the studio, we would have never ended up doing Sniffin’, we would have never ended up doing Monkey on my Back. You know, just having that little bit of nuts, I don’t wanna sway anybody.”Steven Tyler to producer Bruce Fairbairn during the Making of Pump, 1989.
A video called “steveondrums.mov” that used to be hosted in the old aerosmith.com website in 1997 showed a rehearsel of the song with Joe on guitar and Steven on drums. This footage was most likely recorded at the Little Mountain Studios in Vancouver, Canada, in 1989. The video was provided by the “Aerosmith office” in Boston, “Vindaloo Music” (which partly closed in 2004).
The video might be from the moment Tyler and Perry showed the song to the band for the first time and Steven (formely a drummer) was showing Joey how he pictured the drums should be played (Kramer can be briefly seen on the background, as well as Whitford sitting). It is assumed that this was a Tyler/Perry composition.
The full instrumental of this song, amongst other demos and outtakes from the Pump sessions, leaked in the late 1990’s in a bootleg. The recording can still be easily found on the net.
We don’t know why it was omitted, but it was most likely due to lack of time to get it finished (even when making it to the “A list”), Tyler never got to write lyrics and the working titles were related to drugs (sniffing cocaine) and stalking an ex-girlfriend acordingly. While it’s a cool instrumental, it is not as strong as other songs that made it on to the album, but who’s to say what it could have sounded like with full production.
In 2008, an online vendor, SLCD, posted up for sale a CD of Aerosmith’s “Unreleased Tracks” for $500 and claiming that the CD had been provided by an ex-Geffen executive. The CD listed “Sniffin'” and it was the same instrumental take leaked years before (but cleanner sound), it confirmed the alternate title and the aparent total lack of lyrics.