Just Push Play is the 13th studio album by American rock band Aerosmith, co-produced by song collaborators Marti Frederiksen and Mark Hudson and was released in March 5, 2001. The album’s first single, “Jaded”, became a Top 10 hit in the US and around the world. As a result, Just Push Play was certified Platinum within a month of its release.
Recording sessions for the album took place from April to December 2000. Tyler and Perry were relying heavily on external songwriters to come up with new ideas, so much so that rumours stated that Frederiksen told people that he had written all the Nine Lives and Just Push Play songs and that management added Tyler and Perry to the songwriting credits to make it look like an “Aerosmith” album, claiming them for smaller lyrics or guitar changes. Others wondered if all the band members really played on all the albums tracks, or if it’s just Tyler’s vocal dubs added to Frederiksen’s tracks. “Deuces Are Wild”, for example, is not Aerosmith in the instruments, all instruments were played by Jim Vallance and only added Tyler’s vocals to the demo.
Long time Aerosmith producer, Jack Douglas, reportedly said that he was impressed with the initial demos for the album, but that he disliked the final overproduced album.
In 2000, former Joe Perry Project singer, Cowboy Mach Bell, reported about his recent meeting with Joe Perry on an Aerosmith fan AOL forum of the time. He mentioned that while at Perry’s basement studio, The Boneyard, he played him a song that opened with the words “Blinkin’ winkin’ noddin’ drinking“. It’s speculated the song could have been one co-written by the Tyler/Perry/Fredriksen combo called “Easy”.
Most writing and basic tracks recording took place from April to July 2000. “No demos” exist in the sense that everything was recorded digitally and tracks were replaced on top of the originals until the project of each song was finalized, enabling the band to write and record the album at the same time, “everything was a work in progress up until the end”.
By July 2000 they were already in the early stages of mixing their track selection. Most of these were smaller alt mixes, some background vocals more prominent, instrumentation feeling dryer and less produced, extra drum loops, shakers and hand percussion, extra reverb, and very small alt guitar arrangements, however, many overdubs were already present as synth orchestra.
After the album’s release, the band told the media that they had enough material for another 2 or 3 albums already recorded and that a follow-up album of the same quality would come soon.