Monday, May 25, 2009

Song of the Week

There was a time when most people thought that Guns and Roses would easily punch it's ticket to the rock and roll hall of fame, and would eventually become one of the top 5 greatest American rock and roll bands ... how couldn't they? Appetite for Destruction - their first effort - was an awesome album, filled with great rockin' guitar riffs, brain-damaging guitar solos, and the ridiculous sound of Axl's shrieks (somehow, it worked). They followed that up with a more "acoustic" album "GNR Lies," and so on, and so on.

Axl unfortunately became a nut-case, threw out just about every original member of the band, took about a dozen years trying to put together a new GNR album, all the while continuing to shuffle the band members as if they were a deck of cards. Sadly, all of this instability (not to mention Rose's complete mental breakdown) has evaporated any chance of a Hall of Fame nomination.

Still, that first album ... man, did it rock! Not a bad song on the entire thing in my opinion. I was thinking of choosing a deeper cut to blog about on this album, but how could I? Welcome to the Jungle - what an opening cut! You get that cool guitar intro, followed by the howls of Axl Rose, and then the build up to the actual song. The words are fun, yet a bit uncomfortable ... yet, I still want to scream them at the top of my lungs (of course, I'll never sound like Axl).

The song catapulted Guns and Roses into the mainstream, and probably provided the band with more money than they'll ever know what to do with ... unfortunately, the band never realized their potential.

Take a walk down memory lane and watch the video one more time:


Heff said...

Yeah, that album is a classic, but I didn't care for the next albums in line nearly as much. I think the boys are doing much better in Velvet Revolver, WITHOUT Axl's hijinx.

Sandi said...

I just did a whole post on the history of GnR and each of it's members.

I loved that band and that entire album.

It's sad the one of the best rock n roll frontmen is so completely batshit, Brian Wilson crazy.

-B- said...

Yeah, Appetite is one of the top rock albums of all time. Haven't really heard the rest of the GnR releases after that, and it's probably because of Axl's nut-case behavior.