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10 Guns and Roses Facts About Appetite for Destruction You May Not Have Known!
There's no doubt that when Guns and Rose's first album debuted in 1987, it turned the rock n' roll world on it's tail end. While the hard rock and metal scene was saturated with safe, and pop rock acts like Warrant, Firehouse, and Slaughter near the end of the 80s, Guns and Roses' Axl Rose, Steven Adler, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, and Duff McKagan busted out with a gritty and raw album that brought back the genuine dangerous and snarling attitude that had been lost in the world of rock n' roll at the time.
Guns and Roses Appetite for Destruction was critically hailed by the music establishment, the bands peers, and more, importantly, the fans of the hard rock genre. Even today it's still regarded as an ultimate rock album, and is on the list of hundreds of top 100 rock albums ever.
For many fans of Guns and Roses, these Guns and Roses facts may be nothing new. If you've just discovered the sounds and songs to one of the greatest hard rock albums ever, you may not have heard of these fun Guns and Roses facts about Appetite for Destruction.
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1. Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue was asked to produce the album at one point.
According to Nikki's biography, The Heroin Diaries, Tom Zutaut was desperately searching for someone who could handle the band to produce Guns and Roses Appetite for Destruction. He literally begged Nikki on several occasions, but Nikki kept blowing him off. Nikki Sixx was also too strung out on Heroin at the time as well.
2. The song November Rain was considered to be on Appetite.
Wow, if that wouldn't have been weird. Thank, God, they did not put November Rain on Appetite for Destruction! Talk about ruining the whole cohesiveness of the album. November Rain doesn't stack up to Sweet Child O' Mine, in my opinion. Actually, I really don't care for the November Rain all that much.
3. You Could Be Mine was also supposed to be on Appetite for Destruction.
Yes, the soundtrack to Terminator Judgement Day was originally considered to be on Appetite for Destruction, but the label decided against it. Another high-five to those at Geffen Records. You Could Be Mine really would've been out of place on Appetite for Destruction, and I think it's actually a sub par song. I believe the song would've single-handedly ruined the album.
4. Geffen Records almost gave up on Appetite for Destruction.
When you look back and read that now, you must think what an absurd idea. The album sold over 20 million copies! However, it's true. Geffen almost stopped promoting Gun's N' Roses Appetite for Destruction when it slowly hit 200,000 sales. They were going to take the loss and have the band record another album.
Good thing Geffen didn't do that!
5. Appetite for Destruction debuted at position 182 on the Billboard 200.
Here's a great Guns and Roses fact, because it seemed that G N' R just came out of nowhere and was a monumental success right off the bat. However, this is far from the truth. Appetite finally went to number one on the charts 50 weeks after it's first appearance. It debuted on on August 29, 1987 and hit number one on September 24, 1988.
6. The album cover was not the first choice for Appetite for Destruction.
The tattoo art depicting skulls of G N' R's members Axl Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Steven Adler, and Duff McKagan was created by tattoo artist Billy White Jr. after music retailers refused to stock the album due to the original and controversial cover.
The original cover depicted a woman raped by a robot and was based on the Robert Williams' painting which was also entitled, "Appetite for Destruction." The original cover art ended up being inside the album's packaging after the label compromised with music retailers.
7. The song "You're Crazy" was originally written as an acoustic song.
That's right...this song was originally written as an acoustic song and later revamped for the Appetite for Destruction album. The original way it's suppose to be heard is on the follow up to Gun's and Roses first album, G N' R Lies.
8. Back Off Bitch and Don't Cry were originally presented to be on Guns and Roses' first album Appetite.
Aside from the songs You Could Be Mine and November Rain, the songs Back Off Bitch and Don't Cry off the Use Your Illusion albums were written and demoed for Appetite as well. Once again, I'm glad the label decided not to put these songs on the Appetite.
9. Welcome to the Jungle was written in 3 hours.
10. Think About You was not a song written about a female.
It's true that there were a couple of songs written about the bands assortment of female companions such as Sweet Child O' Mine, My Michelle, and You're Crazy, but the song Think About You actually talks about heroin.
Well, there you are, a few fun Guns and Roses facts concerning one of the best hard rock albums ever - Appetite for Destruction. The chemistry of Axl Rose's unique and raspy vocals, Slash's amazing and blues-influenced guitar playing, Steven Adler's huge groove on drums, as well as Duff's and Izzy Stradlin's song writing capabilities is extremely apparent on this album.
You can tell they were unified as a band and moving in the same direction with Guns and Roses' first album. The Use Your Illusion albums, though, was more convoluted and not as cohesive as Appetite. Then again, everyone's a critic and those are just my thoughts on the matter.
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