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.
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
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...