"Road Runner" (Bo Diddley)
"The first time I heard it was on an album by a [British] band called the Pretty Things. It was phenomenal -- and so was the whole album, by the way."
"Shame Shame Shame" (Rueben Fisher/ Kenyon Hopkins)
"Smiley Lewis used to do it. Joe [Perry] brought that one in. It has a guitar line that the Stones and Keith Richards and everybody took, most notably Chuck Berry. He's famous for that guitar line. It's really uptempo."
"Eyesight to the Blind" (Sonny Boy Williamson)
"Somebody else took his name, and so there were two Sonny Boy Williamsons. The first one ended up with a screwdriver in the back of his head. Rumor has it that the new Sonny Boy Williamson was the guy that did it. There's great mystique around all of this. But when I heard the lyrics to 'Eyesight to the Blind,' I thought, 'Oh my God, this is the song that I want to sing to my wife.' [He starts singing:] 'You're talking 'bout your woman, I wish to God, man, that you could see mine. . . . Every time my little girl starts lovin', she brings eyesight to the blind.' And there's harmonica all over it. I thought, 'This is the perfect song.' "
"Baby Please Don't Go" (Big Joe Williams)
"We first did this in Joe's basement, then we started playing it on our last tour. Afterward, we came back and we recut 'Baby Please Don't Go.' . . . We re-did it so Joe could really kick [butt]. It is what it is. Listen to it. It's insane."
"Never Loved a Girl" (Ronnie Shannon)
"Aretha Franklin did that under a different title. It was just something that I pulled out. I was fooling around with it and thought I could do it. I just turned [the gender] around."
"Back Back Train" (traditional)
"It was first performed by the Hunter's Chapel Singers, from Como, Miss. And Fred McDowell did it in 1966. That's the most popular version. And we have Tracy Bonham on it. She played with us when we first opened Mama Kin [the former club on Lansdowne Street]. She was on the bill that night."
"You Gotta Move" (Gary Davis/ Fred McDowell)
"Mississippi Fred McDowell did it in 1964. We changed it around to a Bo Diddley beat. It just was a refreshing thing to do."
"The Grind" (Tyler/ Perry/Marti Frederiksen)
"It was something we wrote in Hawaii during the 'Girls of Summer' writing sessions. It's just a little thing that came out. Joe started playing this typically authentic 1950s [riff] . . . then I wrote more lyrics and we changed the guitar line into something like early Aerosmith or AC/DC."
"I'm Ready" (Willie Dixon)
"It was performed by Buddy Guy and Muddy Waters. It started with some guys rehearsing, and one of them came in early and was in the bathroom shaving. Another guy asked him, `Are you ready?' And the answer was, `I'm ready for you, I hope you're ready for me!' Willie [Dixon] wrote it down as a song and that was that."
"Temperature" (Little Walter)
"I sang it into a bullet mike -- it's a harmonica mike and it goes through a little amp -- and I just sang the [hell] out of it. It's kind of like how I would sing if I was still doing clubs and wasn't fortunate enough to have a schedule of day on, day off. If I was doing the beer circuit, I'd probably still be doing drugs and smoking and drinking. I kind of pretend in my own little world that that's how my voice would sound like."
"Stop Messin' Around" (Clifford Adams, Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac)
"It was just an excuse to get Joe to sing on the record. I argued with him and he didn't want to do it. I said, 'Well, you've done the song for so many years that it has to go on the record.' He wanted to use a live version from several tours ago, but I said, 'No, man.' So we re-did it."
"Jesus Is on the Mainline" (traditional, with lyrics by Fred McDowell)
"It was recorded in my barn called the Bryer Patch with Tracy [Bonham] singing and with Joe playing lap steel . . . and [Aerosmith bassist] Tom [Hamilton] and [drummer] Joey [Kramer] singing and my daughter Chelsea singing, too."