Yep, that's a pretty strong statement, but it's true. When Guns N' Roses released "Appetite For Destruction," they unleashed one of the greatest albums of all time. Every single song on this album is a classic. It's a fusion of hard rock, punk, blues, and straight-up heavy metal. It's one of the few albums that got everything right. There's absolutely no filler. Axl and company managed to make an album that reflected its demographic to perfection. The entire album is about living at full speed and often slipping off of the tracks. Songs like "Mr. Brownstone" show just how bad things can be for an addict. "Welcome To The Jungle" reflects how quickly one can get tangled into drugs. Heck, even the token ballad, "Sweet Child O'Mine," rocks and it has one of the greatest openings of any song in rock history in my opinion. Other highlights include the wonderful "Paradise City," "Rocket Queen," and the wonderfully raunchy "Anything Goes."
If you consider yourself a rock authority, you must have this album. It's a definite classic and the pinnacle of hard rock during the last two decades.
Of course, if you're around my age (thirty), this album also serves as a wonderful flashback. I remember that my parents wouldn't let me get this album due to the "F" word that is used loosely and frequently throughout. Not to be hindered in my desire to own it, I had one of my buddies get it for me through one of the CD/Cassette clubs back then. I hid and cherished my copy and still own my original cassette. I've long since upgraded to the CD, but I still have a softspot for that old tape. (Sorry folks, just an oldster remembering the past.)
"Come, dowsed in mud, soaked in bleach as I want you to be as a trend, as a friend, as an old memory" Grunge-era folks might recognize that particular set of lyrics from the classic Nirvana song "Come as You Are." Nirvana's song oeuvre is full of such layered metaphors, and fans battle to the death about just what any random lyric or song written by Kurt Cobain is about. They will all agree, however, that Cobain was a sensitively tortured poet or some such, and that … more
Quite simply, this was THE hard rock album of the 1980s and one of, if not THE greatest hard rock album of all time. Spot on writing in the lyrics and music, there isn't a bad track on this album and it shows the prowess of what could have been if GNR had stuck to this formula and not let artistic differences and success change the band that Guns N' Roses used to be. If you are between 20-30 years old I am sure that you already have this album in your collection if you like … more
Despite looking extremely cool, I have to admit that I'm a dork. I grew up on the outskirts of the small town of Oberlin, LA. I have since relocated to the Lake Charles, LA area.I love my home state … more
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Guns N' Roses: W. Axl Rose (vocals, synthesizer, percussion); Slash (acoustic & electric guitars); Izzy Stradlin (guitar, background vocals, percussion); Duff "Rose" McKagan (bass, background vocals); Steven Adler (drums). Recorded at Rumbo Studios, Canoga Park, California; Take One Studio, Burbank, California; Can Am Studio, Tarzana, California. Already a legend in its own meagre lifetime, this startling debut shrouded itself in controversy, from its original Robert Williams artwork to Axl Rose's unblinking accounts of LA's underbelly. This mawkish storytelling, combined with a brattish collective swagger and a surprisingly mature approach to their songs, guaranteed Guns N' Roses a speedy notoriety that was to serve their legend brilliantly. From the laconic "Paradise City" to the achingly beautiful "Sweet Child O' Mine," or the furious "Welcome To The Jungle," the record brims with a brutal integrity. An album they could never surpass even if they had stayed together. Song List: Disc 1 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