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Appetite for Destruction is the debut studio album by American hard rock band Guns N' Roses. Released in 1987 (see 1987 in music), it was well-received by critics and topped the American Billboard 200 chart. As of September 2008, the album has been certified diamond (plus 18x platinum) by the RIAA, accumulating worldwide sales in excess of twenty-eight million as of October 2008. The album still remains the fastest-selling debut album in history.
Axl Rose stated in 1988 that many of the songs featured on the album had been written while the band had been performing on the Los Angeles club circuit, and a number of songs that would be featured on later Guns N' Roses albums were considered for Appetite for Destruction, such as "Back Off Bitch," "You Could Be Mine" and "Don't Cry".
While the songwriting credits are credited to all five band members, many of the songs began as solo tracks that individual band members wrote separate from the band, only to be completed later. These songs include "It's So Easy" (McKagan) and "Think About You" (Stradlin). "Rocket Queen" was an unfinished Slash/Adler song that was written from their earlier band Road Crew, whereas "Anything Goes", written by Hollywood Rose and included in their compilation album The Roots of Guns N' Roses, was later re-written for Appetite.
Other songs on the album reflect the band's reaction to the debauchery of the L.A. rock and roll underground, like "Welcome to the Jungle" (Rose wrote the lyrics while in Seattle about an incident in New York City). Some of the songs focus on the band members' younger years, like "Out ta Get Me", which focuses on lead singer Axl Rose's constant trouble with the law as a youth in Indiana. The band also based songs off of their assorted female companions, reflected in the songs "Sweet Child o' Mine," "Think About You," "My Michelle," "You're Crazy," and "Rocket Queen."
Out ta Get Me
This is the fourth track on the album.
Its lyrics focus on lead singer Axl Rose's constant trouble with the law as a youth in Indiana. Slash describes it as being written even more quickly than "Welcome to the Jungle", which means it was written in under three hours. The song was covered by Marq Torien of hair metal band BulletBoys.
"You're Crazy" is the tenth track on the album. It was originally written as an acoustic song, but was revamped for Appetite for Destruction (this version is one of the fastest songs in the band's catalog). The slower, acoustic version was later recorded for G N' R Lies; this version has also been performed live with electric guitars (as heard on their live album).
A working title for the song was "Fucking Crazy".
"Anything Goes" is the next-to-last track on the album. It was one of the earliest-written songs by the band, having been written in 1981. It was originally named "My Way, Your Way"
01. "Welcome to the Jungle" Axl Rose Slash, Rose 4:34
02. "It's So Easy" Duff McKagan, West Arkeen McKagan, Arkeen 3:23
03. "Nightrain" McKagan, Rose Izzy Stradlin, McKagan, Rose, Slash 4:29
04. "Out ta Get Me" Rose, Stradlin Slash, Rose, Stradlin 4:24
05. "Mr. Brownstone" Stradlin Stradlin, Slash 3:49
06. "Paradise City" Rose, McKagan McKagan, Slash, Rose, Stradlin 6:46
07. "My Michelle" Rose Rose, Stradlin 3:40
08. "Think About You" Stradlin Stradlin 3:52
09. "Sweet Child o' Mine" Rose Rose, Slash, Stradlin 5:55
10. "You're Crazy" Rose, Stradlin Slash, Stradlin, Rose 3:17
11. "Anything Goes" Stradlin, Rose Stradlin, Rose, Chris Weber 3:26
12. "Rocket Queen" Rose Rose, Slash, Stradlin 6:13