Something Different: Appetite for Destruction

I have been revisiting some albums this week and listened to Guns N Roses Appetite for Destruction for the first time in a long while.

I had forgotten how good this album was to be honest. It came out around 1987 and I remember hearing Sweet Child O Mine on the radio and getting hooked on the riff from day one and this continues to be my favourite rock riff of all time. The album was huge and contains, in my opinion, 11 great tracks and 1 that I am not so fond of. Welcome to the Jungle had the video containing footage from the troubles in Northern Ireland which were still really bad at that time and was also very apt for the song. It made a statement. Paradise City was a strong track, as were, Night Train, It’s So Easy and Think About You.

Listening to it this week I also noticed for the first time how the first half of the album is heavily influenced by Never Mind the Bollocks by the Sex Pistols. I hadn’t picked up on that before and a friend who is a musician agrees that that is definitely the case on the album. This album is known as the bands first album. The album was credited with also bringing hard rock back to the fore and influencing bands like Nirvana. It’s a good album, maybe a great album, if you like rock music and haven’t heard it you should give it a try.

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4 Responses to Something Different: Appetite for Destruction

  1. Brian McGowan says:

    agreed . . . nowadays try Slash’s ‘Apocalyptic Love’ from 2012 with Myles (Alter Bridge) Kennedy on vocals. Real good stuff.

    • Brian
      I have heard one of Slash’s solo albums and it was pretty good. I am more of an AOR fan to be honest but Guns N Roses are certainly up there with the best. I’ll check out the one you recommend on youtube.

      Thanks for commenting.


  2. Ricky says:

    Its a great album , Mr Brownstone was always my go to track of choice . Use Your Illusion 1 & 2 the follow up albums are really good as well , plus the Lies EP is a good listen . The Spaghetti Incident and Chinese Democracy aren’t up to the early standards the band set . As Brian has commented Slash’s work with Myles Kennedy is highly recommended .

    • Ricky
      I have UYI 1 and 2 but haven’t listened to them for ages. I was never a huge fan of the albums as there were too many fillers on them but they do have some good tracks. I think with the original line up being back together that if they do an album I’lll probably pick it up as most bands now are pretty crap to be honest, that could be my age though lol.

      Thanks for commenting.


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