"We started working on Rocks by backing the Record Plant's mobile recording truck into our wherehouse and just letting it fly. The Wherehouse was just a good place to hang out and rehearse; a long white corrugated steel building that you could drive right into. Local kids spray-painted messages to us on the outside walls. Inside there were pictures of Chuck Berry, Rod Stewart, and Mick Jagger. One whole wall was a photomontage composed of Mick and Keith's faces. There were five trays for fan mail in the office---four usually contained five or six letters. Steven's tray was always overflowing."
Joey Page 255
""Nobody's Fault" was almost totally recorded at the wherehouse. It was never a popular Aerosmith number and we didn't play it live, but I still think it's some of the best drumming I did."
"That's when it all happened for us. There was a lot going on. We wre beginning to get into drugs, the meat of getting high as a way of life. We weren't overwhelmed yet and I was living my fucking dream. I felt so content. How could I ever ask for anything more? But thats what it did, and thats what I got---more. Even "Dream On" was a hot record! Now I listen to Toys and Rocks, and they reek of the time and the fun we put into them."
Tom Page 254
"The end of "Rats" is this fucking thing that builds and builds; it's us doing the Yardbirds' trip because we were so blown away by the idea of taking this music and making it balls to the wall."
Joe Page 254
"We needed an answer to "Toys In The Attic". The band was getting lower, downer, and dirtier, so the cellar seemed like the best place to go. That's where we found the rats."
"The last track on Rocks was "Home Tonight". Steven could always be counted on to come up with some little piano riff that would be our ballad for the record. And that was it. People ask me about "outtakes" from this record, and I just tell them, "There are none because there was too much happening to record extra stuff". As soon as we had enough songs for an album, we stopped recording and went back on the road."
Steven Page 249
"We call them "The Wonder Years" because we wonder what happened to them."
""Lick And A Promise" is about going out and winning an audiance, a very hard thing to do. That song is such a snapshot of us in those days, a clear moment in time for me."
"When we're doing our albums, I listen to Joe. Rocks comes from a time when we used to jam and I'd hear something and go, "STOP! WAIT! WHAT WAS THAT? PLAY THAT AGAIN!! I'd hear something really good and I'd write lyrics down right there. It doesn't happen that way anymore and it hasn't since we put the drugs down. We were more free then, more creative as a band. We still haven't solved some of the problems that the drugs cloaked.
Then we'd do thirty takes---forty!---because we were gacked. Jack Douglas would then take half of this take and half of that take and the bridge from take 23 and put it all together and nobody knew what was what when we finally heard the record. Today I listen to those albums, some of our best, and all I can hear are the drugs."