This song takes a shot at rich people who believe their wealth entitles them to look down on others. Aerosmith were indeed rich when they released this song, but they come from humble beginnings and can't stand the condescending attitude of some rich people.
Suggestion credit: Bertrand - Paris, France
Joe Perry and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith wrote this song with Jim Vallance, a Canadian songwriter who also co-wrote "Rag Doll" and "Young Lust." They put the song together in Vallance's basement studio. The jungle rhythm came about after Tyler started banging away on a keyboard. Perry came up with a guitar riff, and Valance added a guitar phrase.
The song's rhythms were played on Polynesian log drums. Six musicians were brought in to play them.
An aggressive rocker, this song was released as the second single from Get A Grip, following another uptempo number, "Livin' On The Edge," which made #18 in the US. "Eat The Rich" didn't chart, but when the record company tried a different tack, releasing the ballads "Cryin'," "Amazing" and "Crazy," the album rose to #1 and got Aerosmith back on MTV and Top 40 radio.