Saturday, April 23, 2011

Day 226

Guns 'N' Roses- Appetite For Destruction

I'm pretty positive that I was the first kid in my Junior High to get this record. I remember seeing the video for "Welcome To The Jungle on Headbanger' Ball on Saturday night, and by Monday I was at Camelot Music in Richardson Square Mall buying this on vinyl for $5.98. I'll always remember that price because I couldn't believe how dirt cheap it was. I even brought it to school to show everyone the new kick ass record I just bought.

This was also the last album I bought on vinyl. It wasn't long after that I got my first ever CD Player for my birthday. It tripped me out how cool CD's were. That you didn't have to get up to flip a record or a cassette. Or that all you had to do was hit a button to skip to the next song automatically. The future was awesome!
I was just a kid. What did I really know about sound at the time?

Just like a lot of my friends did, I ended up getting really sick of Guns N' Roses pretty quick. We were all tired of seeing their videos constantly on MTV and all the girls we had crushes on talking about how hot Axl and Slash were. We couldn't compete with that. I grew to hate GNR so much that I gave away my copy of this album away for free and even bailed on seeing them last minute at Texas Stadium.

But now that I'm older and wiser, I can easily admit that this is the best album of the 80's hands down. Not necessarily my favorite, but definitely the best. I know that's argumentative, but tell me one better? Thriller? Please. Every song on this record is an absolute gem. Seriously, "Sweet Child O' Mine" may be one of the greatest rock n' roll songs of all time. I don't think I've ever met anyone who hates it. The only thing wrong with it is Sheryl Crow's version. What a prick.

Y'know a lot of people like to accuse(or applaud) Nirvana for killing Hair Metal. Well, Nirvana may have killed it, but GnR put the knife in it's back and twisted it. Guns are another band that gets unfairly placed in that "Hair Metal" category which is just stupid. Before this album came out in '87, all those dudes ever wrote about was partying and getting laid. Then here comes this album to kick everyone's ass in LA. Just listen to the lyrical content. Axl was singing about real life, not cherry pies or girls in the summertime.

So yeah Nirvana killed Hair Metal, but they didn't kill GnR. Guns went on to still be huge even after Nirvana broke big. If only Axl could have been somewhat decent and kept this band together, they really would have been my generation's Rolling Stones. You don't get that distinction when you wait 15 years between album releases. Such a waste.

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