Every music fan has their list of firsts right? You must remember your first concert, and the first album you bought with your own money. What about your first real music OBSESSION?
Mine was the complete and total bad assery that was Guns N Roses. They seemed so cool, they rocked hard, and they played everything from quick, aggressive songs to long drawn out epics. This was the band that made me fall in love with rock n roll. I remember being a little kid before I had bought either of their albums, I actually went to my Aunt’s house and looked through the lyrics sheets on her GnR records, found the songs with the most swear words, and dubbed those on to a blank cassette. I played that cassette front to back until I wore it out. I was always really thankful that my Mom never really paid too much attention to the music I was listening to, because I’m sure she wouldn’t have been happy to know about the colourful education that I was getting directly from the mouths of degenerate Los Angeles hooligans.
Tomorrow marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Use Your Illusion I & Use Your Illusion II. Forget every other double album you’ve ever encountered, this is the one that is all killer, no filler. Aside from one or two weird songs that don’t really even fall into the GnR sound, these albums are stacked with rock staple after rock staple. Everyone has heard the “November Rain’s”, and the “Don’t Cry’s” of the albums. I’m going to take this opportunity to open your eyes to the deeper songs that you’ve either never heard, or might have forgotten about.
The last song on Use Your Illusion I...heavy, dreamy, and LONG.
For some reason this one off Use Your Illusion II never took off. The main riff is just bitchin'.
I can't remember if this was ever a single...it certainly wasn't a big one. But it's got a massive chorus, and I always picture a good time drinking when I hear it.
The next time you’re waxing philosophic about GnR with someone, drop those song titles on them and you’ll sound like an old pro. I’m going to go home and blast these records this weekend…LOUD!! Happy 25th to the best double album of all time.