Appetite For Destruction [PA] - Guns N' Roses

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Appetite For Destruction [PA] - Guns N' Roses

Hard Rock - StudioRecording - 1 CD(s) - Label: Geffen - Distributor: Universal Music - Released: 10/1995, 01/1991 - 8811928629, 720642414828

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published 09/06/2012 | Jarisleif
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Ciao gone the same way as DooYoo. Time to depart, methinks.
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"Appetite For G N' R"

Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction

"Appetite For Destruction" is the legendary debut album from US metal band, Guns N' Roses. It was produced by Mike Clink and released in 1987 by Geffen Records. The line-up for the album was W. Axl Rose (vocals), Slash (guitar), Izzy Stradlin (guitar), Duff Mckagan (bass) and Steven Adler (drums).


Named in the book "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die", "Appetite For Destruction" as a whole is heavier than a lot of other albums coming from the LA scene at the time. It was dirty and gritty at a time when the polished, shiny sound of glam ruled, making it stand out from the crowd. While it is not as dated as most album from the 80s, you know what decade it is from, but that is okay because is definitely one of the best albums to come out of the 80s. Writing credits for the songs are given to all five members, although many songs started out as solo projects written, or started to be written and not finished, by various members prior to becoming a band. Axl has said many of the songs were written while the band was making the rounds of the Los Angeles club circuit. Others were reactions to reaction to LA lifestyle in the world of the rock underground. Slash has the ability to play with a perfect combination of stomping power and sheer finesse that makes you stand up and cheer, even if you are in the room alone listening to the CD. His guitar work alone makes the album worth listening to over and over, but the overall package is sheer brilliance. The songs have a raw power to them and the vocals certainly don't have the crystal clear, 'polished and practiced' sound as nearly everything else of that time did. With songs like these, you need a voice like Axl Rose's. This album is full of attitude and heart, with songs played for the love of the dirty underbelly of the LA rock and metal scene. Is it any good? Let's find out!

Welcome to the Jungle

This was the first song co-written by Slash and Axl Rose, in about three hours. It reflects their reaction to debauchery of the city and the rock lifestyle there. Izzy Stradlin has been quoted in "Hit Parader" magazine as saying the song is about the Hollywood streets, and 'true to life'. The song could be seen as an anger filled yet awed look at the emotions of living the rock life and all it takes to break into the business.

It's so Easy

This comes from the pre Guns N' Roses days, when the band was Hollywood Rose. Back then, the band had no money, but a lot of girls were hanging around and they could live off them. Getting money, food and anything they needed was easy. It was an empty feeling because they knew they were using the women, but easy to do. It is a testosterone filled ode to how easy it is to get the chicks and everything you want, just because you are in a band, whether or not it is successful. Begins with repetitive bass that hypnotises, with a Riff that just explodes and lets you know it is there from start to finish.


The song is a tribute to cheap wine with a high alcohol content, from California called Night Train Express, which the band was fond of in the early days. The riff written by Slash and Izzy Stradlin, while sitting on the band's practice room floor one night. It was finished the next day, but without lyrics, by Stradlin and Duff McKagan. Sometime later the band was walking down Palm Avenue, drinking a bottle, and someone shouted 'I'm on the Night Train!", and then everyone began improvising lyrics and the rest took shape. Intro and guitar solos during first half are by Izzy, the rest by Slash. It is easy to see why it is listed number 8 on the "Guitar World" magazine List of Top 10 Drinking Songs.

Out ta Get Me

This song tells about Rose's youth and incessant trouble with the law in his hometown of Lafayette, IN. Mean riffs go along with the rebelliousness of the song. This track has more of a raw sound than the others, lending the feel of someone on the run. A big blues/punk/metal infused solo from Slash and thundering drums add to the all out rebellion.

Mr. Brownstone

This is said to have started being formed by Slash and Izzy while sitting in Izzy's girlfriend's apartment and the three were complaining about being heroin addicts. The guys began improvising music and lyrics around the slang term for heroin, 'Mr. Brownstone'. The lyric "I used to do a little, but a little wouldn't do, so the little got more and more. I just keep trying to get a little better, said a little better than before". is a reference to the high tolerance the drug causes. Slash has said the lyrics describe a typical day for him and Izzy during that time, and has also said it was the first song written by the band after being signed by Geffen. The song contains a Bo Diddley-esque beat.

Paradise City

According to Slash's autobiography, this song was written in the back of a rental van on their way back from playing a gig. They had been playing in San Francisco with the Rock N Riders, and the band was in the back of the van. They were drinking and playing acoustic guitars when he came up with what became the intro, and then Duff McKagan and Izzy Stradlin joined in. He then began humming the melody and Axl sang out some lyrics. This is the only song on the album to feature the use of a synthesiser. After the lyrics were finished, Slash came up with the heavy, driving riff. The last two minutes of the song are done in double time, with Slash playing a solo in the background.

My Michelle

This is about band friend Michelle Young. As the story goes, she and Axl were riding in a car together when Elton John's "Your Song" came on, and Michelle mentioned (hinted) she had always wanted someone to write a song about her. Slash used a '60s Gibson SG instead of his usual Gibson Les Paul because he felt it had a darker sound. Started out as a sweet, somewhat romantic song, but was re-written to reflect Michelle's real life. It has been said she was pleased with the honesty of the lyrics, which tell of her father's work in the pornography business, her mother's death due to drugs, and Michelle's own drug addiction. In Slash's biography he says she managed to clean her life up and move to a new town to get away from the lifestyle she had been living.

Think About You

This is packed full of emotion and deep feelings but still a definite rocker. From the intro until about half a minute from the end, the song has a very fast tempo and keeps up the pace it starts with. The song then ends with a haunting riff that is unlike the rest of the song, with a dramatically slower tempo. While a rock song instead of a ballad, it is a song about first love.

Sweet Child o' Mine

Slash has said he was joking around and played the iconic riff during a jam session, and others joined in, also joking around, while Axl was upstairs listening, and wrote lyrics for it. The lyrics were about his then girlfriend, Erin Everly. Duff McKagan has said," The thing about 'Sweet Child o' Mine,' it was written in five minutes. It was one of those songs, only three chords. You know that guitar lick Slash does at the beginning? It was kinda like a joke because we thought, 'What is this song? It's gonna be nothing, it'll be filler on the record.' And except that vocal-wise, it's very sweet and sincere, Slash was just screwing around when he first wrote that lick." It was later suggested by producer Mike Clink that a breakdown be added. Axl begin saying the words to himself and that is where the "Where do we go? Where do we go now?" breakdown was born. One of those songs that is all about love, but there is nothing soft or wimpy about it, making it a great metal love song.

You're Crazy

This song shows a bit of punk influence. The track is fast paced, and a bit frantic sounding, but in the best way possible. Up tempo, not as melodic as most of the other songs, but with crashing guitars and filled with energy. Lyrics have a bit of venom to the vocal quality with a growl that fits the song perfectly.

Anything Goes

This is all about a wild and crazy, mutually explorative sex life between two people. Fast paced with a great guitar solo. The lyrics are okay, given the subject matter, but they sound a bit adolescent boyish compared to the rest. The guitar work is what not only saves the song from mediocrity and makes it actually good.

Rocket Queen

The album ends with the same energy that has been going from the start. Axl Rose said in an interview, "I wrote this song for this girl who was gonna have a band and she was gonna call it Rocket Queen. She kinda kept me alive for a while. The last part of the song is my message to this person, or anybody else who can get something out of it. It's like there's hope and a friendship note at the end of the song. For that song there was also something I tried to work out with various people -- a recorded sex act. It was somewhat spontaneous but premeditated; something I wanted to put on the record." Credit in the booklet for "Appetite For Destruction" says "Barbi (Rocket Queen) Von Greif, which implies she was the girl in the statement above. Slash has said that although she was only 18 at the time, she had a 'notorious reputation' and was "a queen of the underground scene back then. She'd eventually become a madam, but Axl was infatuated with her at the time." The main riff is said to have been written by Duff McKagan and Slash prior to joining up with Hollywood Rose. McKagan has also stated the song has influences of the grooves of the funk group, Cameo.


This is one album that will endure, creating new fans generation after generation. It has enough power and grit to keep metal fans happy. There are love songs that manage to stay on the heavy side although they were written at a time when a sappy power ballad seemed to be expected on every album. The guitar solos alone, as I mentioned above, are worth listening to over and over. My music collection will never be without this album. I can easily recommend it to anyone.

Track Listing

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

My rating: 9/10

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Hard Rock - StudioRecording - 1 CD(s) - Label: Geffen - Distributor: Universal Music - Released: 10/1995, 01/1991 - 8811928629, 720642414828

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