Monday, May 29, 2006

Appetite for Destruction

Well im sitting here bored so i thought i would share some thoughts. Appetite for Destruction just came up on iTunes, and i think its one of the most solid albums of all time.

If you look at it, there really aren't any filler tracks whatsoever. Beginning with Welcome to the Jungle, it rips through track after track of great hard rock. Easily overlooked is the hidden gem "Think About You" which really shows off the unique aspects of Axl's voice. Also interesting is "Anything Goes," especially when compared with "My Way Your Way" from Hollywood Rose, which shows the band's development.

The album tears off the covers with Welcome to the Jungle well deserving of it's legendary status and also the opening song for all GNR performances. Nobody can resist the combination of the killer intro by Slash and the almost primal cry of , "sha na na na na na na knees." Axl's amazing and distrinctive voice makes its mark on one of the great stadium anthems of all time, and the music video portrays all of it's enthusiasm. It's so Easy (written by Duff McKagan, the bassist, and West Arkeen, his friend) continues with a blistering criticism of the hypocrisy of life. One moment you can be nothing, the next you are a rock star, with women bending over backwards ; ) to touch you. Night train, a fantastic song, is an ode to a cheap wine popular among people with little money and nowhere to go. (Duff onece said that the band was living in an apartment in L.A. and the liquer store next door sold Night Train for $1 a bottle, inspiring the greatful band members to pen a hugely underrated song. If it doesn't pump you up, check your pulse. "Look out that I'm a west coast struttin' one fat mother got a ratlle snake suitcase under my arm." Out Ta Get Me continues the pace, a forerunner of the controversial Get in the Ring from Use Your Illusion II. Mr. Brownstone, a tribute to the band's struggles with heroin, (Mr. Brownstone is a nickname for heroin) demonstates the pounding rythems kept by Steven Adler and Duff McKagan. (Ironically, Adler would be forced to leave the band after recording only one track (Civil War) on the Use Your Illusion albums, due to his drug addictions.) Paradise City, thought also to be about heroin, unleashes one of the most dynamic and awe inspiring sogns ever. I would claim that it was about the disillusioning nature of arriving in the big city and finding it full of crime and corrution, and wishing for a better place. The music video is my favorite, check it out at The black and white footage of the band doing soundcheck, combined with concerts and backstage video, really capture the energy and spiritual burst of the song. When it picks up at the end, you always wind up feeling a huge surge of energy. GNR end every concert (except those ending early due to Axl's temper) with Paradise City. My Michele, supposedly about Michelle Young, describes a life thrown away to drugs and fast living. The almost cutting sarcasr with which Axl spits out the lyrics, woven with the grinding background of Izzy and Slash churning ferocious guitar riffs, drive the song into another dimension.
Sweet Child O' Mine deserves it's own paragraph, but since it has several blogs already devoted to it and is famous around the world, I will only say one thing: Slash's solo might be the best of all time. And the music video was groundbreaking, although the idea of filming the making of a video is now ridiculously overused. See it at
Anything Goes, as I previously mentioned, was originally from Hollywood Rose, although with largely different lyrics. It's opening segments are as memorable as any, and, like any track of AFD, get the blood flowing. Rocket Queen might be the most underrated song on the album.. With it's great opening riff, it grabs you and never lets go. Go to for some interesting facts on the song. The change at the end of the song, when Axl becomes sympathetic and compassionate, make for a complex and compelling rock track, everyone who like GNR has to include this among their favorites. And finally, Think About You is an awesome dedication to love, written by Izzy Stradlin, but whose sentiments were no doubt shared by Axl for his girlfriend at the time.

From start to finish, an amazing album, perhaps the best 53:45 you can listen to.


At 1:22 PM, Anonymous Kevyrr83 said...

Hey i just saw this on the newly added blogs. I agree, huge GNR fan right here. Im so amped for 2 albums this year, the new V.R. and then Chinese Democracy. "people will here music this year."

At 1:26 PM, Anonymous I. P. Freely said...

No filler tracks? Pleassee. There are several really good songs, but some of them do not deserve that kind of endorsement. I like the album, but i think the raving is a little overblown for what it is, which is some really great singles and a few other ok tracks.

At 1:28 PM, Anonymous stevo23 said...

yeah, most is good but not all. probably the best album for its style though.

At 1:06 PM, Anonymous xmanwolf said...

Yeah I love this album. I remember seeing them when AFD first came out, i think the concert was in '88. They were amazing. I'm still a fan, but I also like Velvet Revolver and some newer stuff by other bands. Add more stuff, but a good blog. I like the random thing about your teacher.

At 5:32 PM, Anonymous LAChiller said...

I went to the concert in NYC and I'm going to Rock am Ring in Germany. The new band is amazing, i love Ron Thal (aka Bumblefoot) and Axl's voice is much better than it was in 2002,(I saw GNR in Boston then)probably as good as its ever been. Add more GNR stuff!

At 7:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey man, guns n roses suck, i don't know why u listen to them. i mean if i wanted my head to burst from abnormal screaming, i would just go to my sisters and her crying kid. This crap is what pollutes the world, and i for one won't stand for it. y can't u just listen to some good old folk music, or if that isn't ur cup of tea, just listen to some Ben Harper. Also try some Goo Goo Dolls. Don't listen to this filth.

At 7:59 PM, Anonymous Hugetoby said...

Hey anonymous has no fucking idea what thier talking about. GNR ROCK!!! AXL IS A GOD!!! SLASH IS A LEGEND!!!

At 7:17 AM, Anonymous kevyrr83 said...

awesome update. I love all the songs, it ws cool to see what other people thought of each song. Kepp the stuff comin, i just favorited your site.

At 9:00 AM, Blogger stokes said...

ok i'll keep adding stuff whenever I can find the time. :) spread the word.

At 12:43 PM, Anonymous lachiller said...

ok well its nice that you updated but add morer GNR!!!! CHINESE DEOMOCRACY!!!!! 2006 TOUR!!

At 6:03 PM, Blogger stokes said...

just a question here. I wanted to do a little poll, to see if I should a) review more CDs, and b) review the Use Your Illusion I and II albums. I guarantee I will review Chinese Democracy when it comes out "fall or late fall" -Axl Rose. so please post comments on your opinions of a and b.

At 4:06 PM, Anonymous kevyrr83 said...

ABSOLUTELY!!! UYI I and II!!! Lets go! All GNR fans rally around the flag!!! Get the word out! Chinnese Democracy starts now!!!

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by the way i saw all your posts on owens blog, thats how I got here. are you two friends?

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