Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction

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This is a guest contribution from Jeffrey Edwards, talking about one of the greatest albums ever made – Appetite for Destruction by Guns N’ Roses.

With the legendary rock band in the middle of their worldwide reunion tour Not in This Lifetime, it seems rather fitting to review their best-selling album, Appetite for Destruction. Having sold 30 million copies around the globe, this debut studio album is also one of the best-selling records of all time. It was released back in July 21, 1987, and remains one of the most influential rock ‘n’ roll albums, resonating with that spirit of rebellion that Guns N’ Roses were notoriously famous for.

While the majority of people are more familiar with the more popular tracks of the album, as games like Burnout on the PlayStation and Guns N’ Roses video slots from online gaming portal Pocketfruity feature “Sweet Child o’ Mine” and “Paradise City” in their musical scores, every song on the album played its part in making the album a commercial success. Kicking off the record with “Welcome to the Jungle”, which was reportedly written in just three hours, the aptly named track set the tone for their artistry and image. They were a rambunctious bunch of rockers whose rebellion and impulsivity was the driving force in their musical genius.

There are loads of interesting facts about the compilation of this album. According to NME, “Mr. Brownstone” was penned on a grocery bag. Another fun fact of the album is that “Out ta Get Me” is based on Axl Rose’s life as teenager back in Indiana, where he often found himself at odds with the law. And despite being a fan favorite, the band slated “Sweet Child o’ Mine” as a filler or circus music. But even with their less-than-favorable opinions of their biggest hit, fans love the song no less.

For those that don’t know GNR for anything other than their popular ballads, Appetite for Destruction is not meant for those who are afraid to venture beyond the conventional. The album explores all kinds of taboos through crazy guitar riffs, rebelling against the cultural atmosphere fostered back in the ‘80s. However, the record’s raw punk quality is what garnered its retrospective acclaim, becoming one of the greatest albums in music history.

Here is the complete tracklist for Appetite for Destruction:

1. Welcome to the Jungle
2. It’s So Easy
3. Night Train
4. Out ta Get Me
5. Paradise City
6. My Michelle
7. Think About You
9. Sweet Child o’ Mine
10. You’re Crazy
11. Anything Goes
12. Rocket Queen

What’s your favorite track?

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Guns N’ Roses – This I Love

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Attack of the Killer Track! is a series that explores lesser known tracks from artists from a variety of genres. Some of the tracks were singles, some of them were obscure b-sides or long forgotten album tracks. One thing is certain – all of them are killer tracks.

The running joke about Guns N’ Roses up until the actual release of 2008’s Chinese Democracy was always along the lines of whether or not the album would actually be released. Years of rumors, press releases that promised a forthcoming album, and generally odd happenings surrounding singer Axl Rose plagued the band for almost 14 years or so (curiously, a much shorter time frame than what transpired for My Bloody Valentine‘s long delayed new album). All of the build up for a record from a band that had been one of the biggest bands in the world led me to believe that the reviews from the hip review sites of the world would be fair to middling – and I was right. I don’t think the album is quite a masterpiece, though I do love it. I will say that one of my favorite Guns N’ Roses songs of all time is on this record though. “This I Love” reminds me of the early 90’s ballads that Guns N’ Roses perfected, but with one of the most heartbreaking vocal performances of Axl Rose’s career. The emotion seems to pour out of him as the piano accompanies his despair. It is a classic rock track of unrequited love and is an overlooked masterpiece. I think you’ll agree with me as you sing along with Axl Rose to these heartbreaking lyrics:

So if she’s somewhere near me
I hope to God she hears me
There’s no one else
Could ever make me feel
I’m so alive
I hoped she’d never leave me
Please God you must believe me
I’ve searched the universe
And found myself
Within’ her eyes