Aerosmith’s Cryin’

This Saturday it will be exactly 20 years since Alicia Silverstone's turn in the video for Aerosmith’s Cryin’ convinced all early '90s teen girls to pierce their navels (eat your heart out, Daria). And while some of us might disagree about the artistic merit of belly rings, we can all appreciate the everlasting excellence of the Steven Tyler/Joe Perry song.

Aerosmith always nailed it in the casting department, especially with Silverstone. She was featured in three videos alongside a slew of heartthrobs and total babes on the verge: Stephen Dorff and Lost’s Josh Holloway in Cryin’; Jason London in Amazing; and Liv Tyler in Crazy. Cryin' even netted Silverstone her most iconic role: Clueless writer/director Amy Heckerling hired Silverstone to play Cher after spying her bungee jumping in the video.

Though we'll remember the actress—who, coincidentally, turns 37 this Friday—for yellow plaid skirt-suits and a certain doomed Alaïa dress, we’ll never forget her run as a grunge icon. Cryin’ never looked so good, mom jeansred plaid shirtcombat boots and all.

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  • Karla

    And Ed Furlong in "Livin' on the Edge"

  • Ella Pretty Blog

    Yes - this is my favorite music video ever - definitely shaped my teen years... Oh the memories... Plaid shirts, long messy hair that we kept flipping from side-to-side... And Alicia & Liv were the most gorgeous actresses ever!

  • e

    i was 14/15 and this was the biggest style inspiration back then. thank you, ITG.

  • Charlifll

    god I love this! xx

  • Janet Lee

    I remember Steve Tyler spitting after "Listen!" part... and a young(er) Josh Holloway before Lost. I think Alicia Silverstone hates being referred to as 'the Aerosmith chick', but if that were me, I would love it! Cryin is definitely one of the best music clips ever! And yes, I love Clueless :)

  • Noemi

    Jason London was definitely the most beautiful!

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  • Jessica

    erm... this video makes absolutely NO sense!

  • Harlowrose

    I always has a thing for the London twins.... I found them equally handsome.

  • Janine

    I wish young girls would pick up on this style of this video. I loved the plaid grunge and the work boots and floral dresses with t-shirts underneath. I was hoping ITG would do an article on the whole Drew Barrymore/"Mad Love" era. Her makeup was really beautiful. I think she was in the Guess ads at that time. Thin brows, grunge-y, short-blonde hair....she was dating that guitarist from Hole. Ah, I'm sounding old again. Love the 90s.

    Thank you ITG!

    (And what about Stephen Dorff? So cute. I have an old Paper magazine somewhere with him on the cover from '94 or '95. Great cover!)


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