Guns ‘N Roses debut album Appetite for Destruction came out 29 years ago today, July 21st, 1987. How can this record already be that old!?
Some things you may not know about the album:
The Original Album Artwork:
The original, proposed artwork for the album was inspired by Robert Williams’ painting, also titled Appetite for Destruction. You could understand why some retailers refused to sell it…with a girl with her pants around her ankles, a robot rapist etc.
Slash is the artist behind the cover the labels agreed to; the famous cross and skulls design with each skull representing one of the band’s five members at the time.
While Paul Stanley from KISS had agreed to produce the record, he had too many changes in mind for Axl and the guys who go any further. The guys also reached out to Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue but ended up with Mike Clink behind the board.
Welcome to the Jungle in Three Hours of Less
Slash claimed Welcome to the Jungle was written in three hours or less, although the rest of the band likely waited three hours for him to show.
Mr. Brownstone Lyrics
We all know that Mr. Brownstone is inspired by Heroin, who knows why the lyrics were first written on a grocery bag.
No to November Rain
The song that’s become known as THE slow-dance song with one helluva guitar solo, November Rain, could have appeared a lot earlier than Use Your Illusion. The song was complete but the band feared that it would be “too much ballad” for one record with Sweet Child O’ Mine already in the can.
Inspired By Elton
According to Slash, My Michelle was inspired by Axl’s friend Michelle Young following an evening when Slash, Axl and Michelle heard Your Song on a car stereo. Michelle announced she wanted someone to write a song like that for her, and well, Axl did, including all the non-fiction elements about her life in the porn industry.
Side G and Side R
You get a SIDE G (violence, drunken debauchery) and a SIDE R (R for Romance?)
Where The Girls are Fat and Have Big Titties?
The story goes that in the back of a rental van on the way back from a gig in San Francisco…
Slash voted for the lyrics: “Take me down to the Paradise City/ Where the girls are fat and they’ve got big titties.”
The other guys didn’t dig.
GNR’s First Band Manager Just Released a memoir, a Play on Appetite for Destruction:
If you missed Vicky Hamilton on being the band’s first manager and allowing Axl & Slash to sleep on her floor in sleeping bags…
She’s just published her memoir, Appetite for Dysfunction and you can order a copy here: www.vickyhamilton.com
Happy Birthday, Appetite for Destruction!