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Songs Of Destruction: The Guns N' Roses Discography Rated And Slated

The good, the kinda bad, and the downright terrible: combing through Guns N' Roses epic back catalogue

After those turbulent first few years, the chaos and, more importantly, the tunes kept coming. Here’s our definitive, retrospective guide to the GN’R legacy.


APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION

RELEASE DATE: July 87
LINEUP: Axl Rose (vocals), Slash (lead guitar), Izzy Stradlin (rhythm guitar), Duff McKagan (bass), Steven Adler (drums)
CHOICE CUTS: Welcome To The Jungle, Mr Brownstone, My Michelle, Sweet Child O’ Mine

A formidable contender for the title of greatest rock‘n’debut of all time, Appetite remains a flawless knock-out and the consummate soundtrack to life on the drug-addled, dirty streets of mid-80s Hollywood. Angry, sexy and catchy as fuck, it is yet to be bettered and is the very definition of lightning in a bottle. Incredibly, the album debuted at a rather modest 182 on the Billboard 200 when it first landed, eventually climbing to the number one spot almost one year later. We’d call it a grower, but quite frankly, anyone whose face isn’t ripped clean off within 20 seconds of Welcome To The Jungle is in dire need of a heart, a soul and a new pair of ears. The likes of Mr Brownstone and My Michelle added further savvy to the album’s streetwise edge, while world-beating single Sweet Child O’ Mine showed that the band were more than capable of penning a delicate love letter when called upon. There’d be plenty more of that to come...


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