Appetite for Destruction

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Appetite for Destruction is the debut studio album of Guns N' Roses released on 1987-07-21 and produced by Mike Clink. Although it did poorly in sales initially, the band's initial tour and radio airplay caused it to be extremely successful and it still holds the record as the best-selling debut album. The album's music is a mix of hard rock, heavy metal, and glam metal and theme of the songs include drug use, sex, love, and various forms of excess.

Personal

My older brother and sister got a hold of this album in the late 1980s and played it frequently, though my mother didn't approve of the lyrics, so they sometimes had to listen to it only when she wasn't around. I also heard some of the songs on the radio. I was a bit too young to really care about music at the time, but most of the songs stuck in my mind so that, when I was older and more interested in music, the songs quickly came back to me. Now that I'm much older, I find the lyrics to be a bit juvenile, but I still like the music the the heavy rock helped shape my tastes through my late teens and early 20s.

I own this album on CD.

Track Listing

The original vinyl release labeled the sides G and R rather than they typical A and B. Songs on the "guns" side are about drugs and violence, while songs on the "roses" side are more about love and romance. All songs are sung by Axel Rose.

Track Title Composers Rank Rating
A1 Welcome to the Jungle Axl Rose, Saul Hudson, Jeffrey Isbell, Michael McKagan, Steven Adler 7 Rating-4.svg
A2 It's So Easy Axl Rose, Saul Hudson, Jeffrey Isbell, Michael McKagan, Steven Adler, West Arkeen 9 Rating-1.svg
A3 Nightrain Axl Rose, Saul Hudson, Jeffrey Isbell, Michael McKagan, Steven Adler 4 Rating-6.svg
A4 Out ta Get Me Axl Rose, Saul Hudson, Jeffrey Isbell, Michael McKagan, Steven Adler 10 Rating-0.svg
A5 Mr. Brownstone Axl Rose, Saul Hudson, Jeffrey Isbell, Michael McKagan, Steven Adler 6 Rating-5.svg
A6 Paradise City Axl Rose, Saul Hudson, Jeffrey Isbell, Michael McKagan, Steven Adler 3 Rating-6.svg
B1 My Michelle Axl Rose, Saul Hudson, Jeffrey Isbell, Michael McKagan, Steven Adler 8 Rating-3.svg
B2 Think About You Axl Rose, Saul Hudson, Jeffrey Isbell, Michael McKagan, Steven Adler 5 Rating-6.svg
B3 Sweet Child o' Mine Axl Rose, Saul Hudson, Jeffrey Isbell, Michael McKagan, Steven Adler 1 Rating-8.svg
B4 You're Crazy Axl Rose, Saul Hudson, Jeffrey Isbell, Michael McKagan, Steven Adler 11 Rating-0.svg
B5 Anything Goes Axl Rose, Saul Hudson, Jeffrey Isbell, Michael McKagan, Steven Adler, Chris Weber 12 Rating-0.svg
B6 Rocket Queen Axl Rose, Saul Hudson, Jeffrey Isbell, Michael McKagan, Steven Adler 2 Rating-7.svg

The album's total score is 347.

Media

Album Covers

Originally, Axl wanted the cover to be a photograph of the Challenger space shuttle exploding, but the publisher refused. The album was initially published with a painting made by Robert Williams in 1978 entitled Appetite for Destruction (where the album would take its name). However, since sales were stunted by retailers refusing to display the album, it was reissued shortly thereafter with a tattoo design drawn by Billy White Jr.. The design was initially intended to be a tattoo for Axl Rose who described his idea and White designed it. A refined version with the title in banners was made for the CD release later that same year.

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