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G N' R Lies

Guns N' Roses

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Once Appetite for Destruction finally became a hit in 1988, Guns N' Roses bought some time by delivering the half-old/half-new LP G N' R Lies as a follow-up. Constructed as a double EP, with the "indie" debut Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide coming first and four new acoustic-based songs following on the second side, G N' R Lies is where the band metamorphosed from genuine threat to joke. Neither recorded live nor released by an indie label, Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide is competent bar band boogie, without the energy or danger of Appetite for Destruction. The new songs are considerably more problematic. "Patience" is Guns N' Roses at their prettiest and their sappiest, the most direct song they recorded to date. Its emotional directness makes the misogyny of "Used to Love Her (But I Had to Kill Her)" and the pitiful slanders of "One in a Million" sound genuine. Although the cover shrugs them off as a "joke," Axl Rose's venom is frightening -- there's little doubt that he truly does believe that "faggots" come to America from another country and that "niggers" should stay out of his way. Since he wasn't playing a character on the remainder of the album, there's little doubt this is from the heart as well. And what makes it harder to dismiss is the musical skill of the band, which makes the country-fried boogie of "Used to Love Her," the bluesy revamp of "You're Crazy," and the tough, paranoid fever dream of "One in a Million" indelible. So, you either listen to the music and are satisfied or else listen to the lyrics and become disturbed not only by Rose's intentions, but by the millions of record buyers that identified with him.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Reckless Life (Live Version (Explicit)) Explicit
00:03:24

Alan Niven, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Slash, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, Producer, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Chris Weber, ComposerLyricist - Hanspeter Heuber, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1986 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Nice Boys (Live Version (Explicit))
00:03:02

Alan Niven, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gary Anderson, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, Producer, MainArtist - Dallas Royall, ComposerLyricist - Gordon Leach, ComposerLyricist - Michael Cocks, ComposerLyricist - Peter Wells, ComposerLyricist - Hanspeter Heuber, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1986 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Move To The City (Live Version (Explicit))
00:03:42

Alan Niven, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Saul Hudson, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Guns N' Roses, Producer, MainArtist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Jeffrey Isbell, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist - Chris Weber, ComposerLyricist - Hanspeter Heuber, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1986 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Mama Kin (Live Version (Explicit)) Explicit
00:03:54

Alan Niven, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Guns N' Roses, Producer, MainArtist - Hanspeter Heuber, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steven Victor Tallarico, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1986 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Patience (Album Version) Explicit
00:05:56

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

℗ 1988 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Used To Love Her (Album Version (Explicit)) Explicit
00:03:13

Slash, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Mike Clink, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1988 Geffen Records

7
You're Crazy (Album Version (Explicit)) Explicit
00:04:10

Slash, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Mike Clink, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1988 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
One In A Million (Album Version (Explicit)) Explicit
00:06:11

Slash, ComposerLyricist - Duff McKagan, ComposerLyricist - Mike Clink, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guns N' Roses, MainArtist - Izzy Stradlin, ComposerLyricist - W. Axl Rose, ComposerLyricist - Steven Adler, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1988 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

Once Appetite for Destruction finally became a hit in 1988, Guns N' Roses bought some time by delivering the half-old/half-new LP G N' R Lies as a follow-up. Constructed as a double EP, with the "indie" debut Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide coming first and four new acoustic-based songs following on the second side, G N' R Lies is where the band metamorphosed from genuine threat to joke. Neither recorded live nor released by an indie label, Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide is competent bar band boogie, without the energy or danger of Appetite for Destruction. The new songs are considerably more problematic. "Patience" is Guns N' Roses at their prettiest and their sappiest, the most direct song they recorded to date. Its emotional directness makes the misogyny of "Used to Love Her (But I Had to Kill Her)" and the pitiful slanders of "One in a Million" sound genuine. Although the cover shrugs them off as a "joke," Axl Rose's venom is frightening -- there's little doubt that he truly does believe that "faggots" come to America from another country and that "niggers" should stay out of his way. Since he wasn't playing a character on the remainder of the album, there's little doubt this is from the heart as well. And what makes it harder to dismiss is the musical skill of the band, which makes the country-fried boogie of "Used to Love Her," the bluesy revamp of "You're Crazy," and the tough, paranoid fever dream of "One in a Million" indelible. So, you either listen to the music and are satisfied or else listen to the lyrics and become disturbed not only by Rose's intentions, but by the millions of record buyers that identified with him.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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