Alicia Silverstone and her Aerosmith Music Video Trilogy


We first saw Alicia Silverstone as a crush of Fred Savage’s on The Wonder Years.   Then came her starring roles in “The Crush” as a teenage vixen with a vicious jealousy streak.   She caught the attention of famous music video director, Marty Callner, who made Alicia an MTV video star with three starring roles in Aerosmith’s amazing comeback in the 90’s.  “Cryin” came first, who can forget that bridge jumping scene at the end of the video!  Her rebellious belly piercing moment in the video has been described as the “introduction of navel piercing into mainstream culture”.


Alicia’s second video with Aerosmith was once again ground-breaking as the concept of “virtual reality” was emphasized.    Alicia and Jason London go skydiving, speeding down the interstate on motorcycles, and making out with each other – all without every leaving the confines of their home.  The cyberspace theme was a modern creative touch for Aerosmith, especially when many critics were calling them old, past their prime and out of touch with current music trends in 1993 like grunge and hip hop. Fun Fact: Don Henley joins the band singing the chorus on the record.


The best video in the trilogy was “Crazy”.    Not only was the song one of the best Aerosmith tracks on the decade, Alicia got some help from Steven’s teenage daughter, Liv Tyler, for the video.   Watching young Liv’s seductive pole dance in the video always made me wonder what her dad thought about that decision, but no one can deny the video’s success.   VH1 named it in its list of the Top 25 rock music videos of all-time.    Alicia got rediscovered by her Aerosmith cameos and it led to her signature role in Clueless and later the role of Batgirl.


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  2. Just saw an interview with Liv where she mentioned how private she is and liked being a homebody. They had amazing chemistry in the Aerosmith video but that was 20 years ago (wow, time flies!) so I’m not sure if they maintained a friendship.