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Appetite For Destruction

Guns N' Roses

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Guns N' Roses' debut, Appetite for Destruction was a turning point for hard rock in the late '80s -- it was a dirty, dangerous, and mean record in a time when heavy metal meant nothing but a good time. On the surface, Guns N' Roses may appear to celebrate the same things as their peers -- namely, sex, liquor, drugs, and rock & roll -- but there is a nasty edge to their songs, since Axl Rose doesn't see much fun in the urban sprawl of L.A. and its parade of heavy metal thugs, cheap women, booze, and crime. The music is as nasty as the lyrics, wallowing in a bluesy, metallic hard rock borrowed from Aerosmith, AC/DC, and countless faceless hard rock bands of the early '80s. It's a primal, sleazy sound that adds grit to already grim tales. It also makes Rose's misogyny, fear, and anger hard to dismiss as merely an artistic statement; this is music that sounds lived-in. And that's exactly why Appetite for Destruction is such a powerful record -- not only does Rose have fears, but he also is vulnerable, particularly on the power ballad "Sweet Child O' Mine." He also has a talent for conveying the fears and horrors of the decaying inner city, whether it's on the charging "Welcome to the Jungle," the heroin ode "Mr. Brownstone," or "Paradise City," which simply wants out. But as good as Rose's lyrics and screeching vocals are, they wouldn't be nearly as effective without the twin-guitar interplay of Slash and Izzy Stradlin, who spit out riffs and solos better than any band since the Rolling Stones, and that's what makes Appetite for Destruction the best metal record of the late '80s.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Welcome To The Jungle Explicit
00:04:33

Saul Hudson, ComposerLyricist - MICHAEL BARBIERO, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Thompson, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Mike Clink, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Jeffrey Isbell, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
It's So Easy Explicit
00:03:22

MICHAEL BARBIERO, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Thompson, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Slash, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Mike Clink, Producer - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - West Arkeen, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 Geffen Records

3
Nightrain Explicit
00:04:28

MICHAEL BARBIERO, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Thompson, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Slash, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Mike Clink, Producer - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 Geffen Records

4
Out Ta Get Me Explicit
00:04:23

MICHAEL BARBIERO, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Thompson, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Slash, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Mike Clink, Producer - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 Geffen Records

5
Mr. Brownstone Explicit
00:03:48

MICHAEL BARBIERO, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Thompson, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Slash, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Mike Clink, Producer - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 Geffen Records

6
Paradise City Explicit
00:06:45

Saul Hudson, ComposerLyricist - MICHAEL BARBIERO, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Thompson, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Mike Clink, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Jeffrey Isbell, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
My Michelle
00:03:39

MICHAEL BARBIERO, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Thompson, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Slash, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Mike Clink, Producer - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 Geffen Records

8
Think About You
00:03:51

MICHAEL BARBIERO, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Thompson, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Slash, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Mike Clink, Producer - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 Geffen Records

9
Sweet Child O' Mine Explicit
00:05:56

Saul Hudson, ComposerLyricist - MICHAEL BARBIERO, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Thompson, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Mike Clink, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Jeffrey Isbell, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
You're Crazy Explicit
00:03:17

MICHAEL BARBIERO, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Thompson, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Slash, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Mike Clink, Producer - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 Geffen Records

11
Anything Goes
00:03:26

MICHAEL BARBIERO, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Thompson, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Slash, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Mike Clink, Producer - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist - Chris Weber, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 Geffen Records

12
Rocket Queen
00:06:13

MICHAEL BARBIERO, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Thompson, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Slash, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Mike Clink, Producer - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 Geffen Records

Album Description

Guns N' Roses' debut, Appetite for Destruction was a turning point for hard rock in the late '80s -- it was a dirty, dangerous, and mean record in a time when heavy metal meant nothing but a good time. On the surface, Guns N' Roses may appear to celebrate the same things as their peers -- namely, sex, liquor, drugs, and rock & roll -- but there is a nasty edge to their songs, since Axl Rose doesn't see much fun in the urban sprawl of L.A. and its parade of heavy metal thugs, cheap women, booze, and crime. The music is as nasty as the lyrics, wallowing in a bluesy, metallic hard rock borrowed from Aerosmith, AC/DC, and countless faceless hard rock bands of the early '80s. It's a primal, sleazy sound that adds grit to already grim tales. It also makes Rose's misogyny, fear, and anger hard to dismiss as merely an artistic statement; this is music that sounds lived-in. And that's exactly why Appetite for Destruction is such a powerful record -- not only does Rose have fears, but he also is vulnerable, particularly on the power ballad "Sweet Child O' Mine." He also has a talent for conveying the fears and horrors of the decaying inner city, whether it's on the charging "Welcome to the Jungle," the heroin ode "Mr. Brownstone," or "Paradise City," which simply wants out. But as good as Rose's lyrics and screeching vocals are, they wouldn't be nearly as effective without the twin-guitar interplay of Slash and Izzy Stradlin, who spit out riffs and solos better than any band since the Rolling Stones, and that's what makes Appetite for Destruction the best metal record of the late '80s.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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