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.”
  • Child’s songwriting and/or production credits have also appeared on projects by artists including CherKaty PerryKelly ClarksonGarth BrooksSiaSelena GomezMichael BoltonJoan Jett and several others.


  • Aerosmith‘s “(Dude) Looks Like A Lady” was the lead single from 1987’s Permanent Vacation.
  • The track, which was the first of four singles pulled from the set, peaked at Number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100, Number 41 on the magazine’s Hot Dance Club Play chart, and hit Number Four on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks list.

CHECK IT OUT: Aerosmith’s 1987 video for “(Dude) Looks Like A Lady”: