Metal Mofos’ Isaac Sauers gives us a holiday treat as he counts down 25 days till Christmas with 25 of his favorite must own metal and hard rock albums. Join us daily through December 25th to read the latest entry.
July 21, 1987 brought us one of the greatest albums of all time, Appetite for Destruction by Guns N Roses. This is the greatest and best selling debut album of all time, selling over 18 million copies in the United States. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Songs from this album have been on the radio nonstop since it came out. Who can forget such classic mega hit songs like “Paradise City”, “Sweet Child O Mine”, and “Welcome to the Jungle”? Songs that have stood the test of time and are just as enjoyable now as in the 1980s.
Some people say the other songs on the album are lacking the goods the hit singles possessed, but I disagree complete. Songs like “It’s So Easy”, “Nightrain”, “My Michelle”, “Out Ta Get Me”, “Think About You”, and Mr. Brownstone” (another single) are all classics in my book. These songs keep the album together.
If you had this album on vinyl or cassette tape you would have noticed that instead of the record or tape say side 1/2 or A/B, the sides said G and R for Guns and Roses obviously. The first side of the album, side G, had all the songs that dealt with drugs and rue hard knock life. Side R has all the songs that deal with sex and relationships with women. This created a pretty stark contrast between the two sides and just adds another element of interest to the album.
This would be the only truly great album Guns N Roses would ever release in my opinion. The Use Your Illusion albums pale in comparison to the masterpiece that is Appetite for Destruction. Use Your Illusion has some great ballads like “November Rain” and “Don’t Cry”, but these albums lack really great hard rockers.
In case you missed Guns N Roses did a huge tour this year which reunited Axl, Slash, and Duff for the first time in over 20 years. Expect more tours from them to follow, and there are talks of a new studio album.