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Appetite for Destruction
GunsnRosesAppetiteforDestructionalbumcover.jpg
Studio album by Guns N' Roses
Released July 21, 1987
Recorded March–April 1987
Studio Rumbo Studios, Canoga Park, CA; Take One Studio, Burbank, CA; The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA and Can Am Studio, Tarzana, CA
Genre
Length 53:51
Label Geffen
Producer Mike Clink
Guns N' Roses chronology
Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide
(1986)
Appetite for Destruction
(1987)
Guns N' Roses (EP)
(1987)
Guns N' Roses studio album chronology
Appetite for Destruction
(1987) Appetite for Destruction1987
G N' R Lies
(1988) G N' R Lies1988
Singles from Appetite for Destruction
  1. "It's So Easy"
    Released: June 15, 1987
  2. "Welcome to the Jungle"
    Released: October 3, 1987
  3. "Sweet Child o' Mine"
    Released: August 17, 1988
  4. "Paradise City"
    Released: November 30, 1988
  5. "Nightrain"
    Released: July 29, 1989
Alternative cover
Original cover, which was replaced shortly after release
Original cover, which was replaced shortly after release

Appetite for Destruction is the debut studio album by American hard rock band Guns N' Roses. It was released on July 21, 1987, by Geffen Records to massive commercial success. It topped the Billboard 200 and became the best-selling debut album as well as the 11th best-selling album in the United States. With about 30 million copies sold worldwide, it is also one of the best-selling records of all time. Although critics were ambivalent toward the album when it was first released, Appetite for Destruction has since received retrospective acclaim and been viewed as one of the greatest albums of all time.

Background[edit]

Axl Rose stated that many of the songs on the album were written while the band was 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", "November Rain" and "Don't Cry". It is said that the reason for not putting "November Rain" on it was because they had already agreed to put "Sweet Child 'O Mine" on it and thus already had a ballad on the album (however, both Use Your Illusion albums would contain more than one ballad).[1][2]

The band started searching for someone to produce their debut, mostly recommendations made by Geffen executive Tom Zutaut. Demos were recorded under both Manny Charlton and Spencer Proffer, with some work made with the latter being issued in the EP Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide.[3] One of the interviewed prospects was Kiss' Paul Stanley, who was rejected after insisting on changes to Steven Adler's drum setup and the songs. The band considered Mutt Lange, but he proved too expensive to hire. Eventually Mike Clink, who had produced several Triumph records, was chosen,[4] for being the first to record the band exactly the way they wanted.[3]

Recording and production[edit]

After some weeks of rehearsal, the band entered Daryl Dragon's Rumbo Recorders in January 1987. Two weeks were spent recording basic tracks, with Clink splicing together the best takes with his razor blade. Clink worked eighteen-hour days for the next month, with Slash overdubbing in the afternoon and evening, and Rose performing vocals. Slash struggled to find a guitar sound before coming up with a Gibson Les Paul copy plugged into a Marshall amplifier. He spent hours with Clink paring down and structuring his solos. The total budget for the album was about $370,000.[2] According to drummer Steven Adler, the percussion was done in just six days, but Rose's vocals took much longer as he insisted on doing them one line at a time, in a perfectionism that drove the rest of the band away from the studio as he worked.[5] Final overdubs and mixing were done at Mediasound Studios, and mastering at Sterling Sound, New York City.[6]

Many of the songs on Appetite For Destruction 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" (Duff McKagan) and "Think About You" (Izzy Stradlin). "Rocket Queen" was an unfinished Slash/McKagan/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. Most of the songs reflect the band's personal experiences and daily life, such as "Welcome to the Jungle", some of the lyrics of which Rose wrote after he encountered a man in New York shortly after arriving there from Indiana in 1980,[7] and "Mr. Brownstone", which is about the band's problems with heroin. Lyrics to 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.[8]

Artwork[edit]

The album's originally cover art, based on Robert Williams' painting Appetite for Destruction, depicted a robotic rapist about to be punished by a metal avenger. After several music retailers refused to stock the album, the label compromised and put the controversial cover art inside, replacing it with an image depicting a Celtic cross and skulls of the five band members with (designed by Billy White Jr., originally as a tattoo), each skull representing one member of the band: Izzy Stradlin, top skull; Steven Adler, left skull; Axl Rose, center skull; Duff McKagan, right skull; and Slash, bottom skull. In a 2016 interview, Billy White Jr. explained, "The cross and skulls that looked like the band was Axl’s idea, the rest was me. The knot work in the cross was a reference to Thin Lizzy, a band Axl and I both loved.”[9]

The photographs used for the back of the album and liner notes were taken by Robert John, Marc Canter, Jack Lue, Leonard McCardie, and Greg Freeman. The original cover was supposed to be on the 2008 vinyl reissue, though the record label replaced it with the "Skulls" art at the last minute.[10]

The band stated the artwork is "a symbolic social statement, with the robot representing the industrial system that's raping and polluting our environment."[11] In albums which were issued on double sided media (vinyl records and audio cassettes) the two sides were not conventionally labeled "A" and "B", but "G" and "R". Tracks 1–6 which compose side "G" all deal with drugs and hard life in the big city ("Guns" side). The remaining tracks, which compose side "R", all deal with love, sex and relationships ("Roses" side). In an interview with That Metal Show in 2011, Rose stated his original idea for the cover art was to be the photo of the Space Shuttle Challenger exploding, which was on the cover of Time magazine in 1986, but Geffen refused it saying it was "in bad taste".[12]

Reception and legacy[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[13]
Christgau's Record Guide B−[14]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 5/5 stars[15]
Entertainment Weekly A[16]
Pitchfork 10/10[17]
Rolling Stone 5/5 stars[18]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 5/5 stars[19]
Spin 5/5 stars[20]

Appetite for Destruction debuted at number 182 on the Billboard 200 in the week of August 29, 1987. It would not top the chart until August 6, 1988, after the band had toured and received radio and music video airplay with singles such as "Welcome to the Jungle" and "Paradise City".[21] That album spent four nonconsecutive weeks at number-one on the chart,[22] and for a total of 147 weeks on the Billboard 200.[23] By September 2008, it had been certified 18× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), having shipped over 18 million copies in the United States,[24] making it the country's 11th best-selling album ever.[25] According to Billboard in 2008, it is also the best-selling debut album of all time in the US.[26] That year, Sky News reported the album's worldwide sales to be approximately 28 million copies, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time.[27] More recent figures have it at approximately 30,000,000 sold worldwide.[28]

When the album was first released, music critics complained that its massive success with consumers was fostered by the taboo of "sex, drugs and rock & roll" during the 1980s, when much of the cultural atmosphere in the US became informed by the Reagan-Bush Administration, the AIDS crisis, and the popularity of MTV.[29] In a contemporary review, Dave Ling from Metal Hammer dismissed the album as an inferior mix of elements from bands such as Aerosmith, Hanoi Rocks, and AC/DC.[30] On the other hand, Billboard magazine's Christa Titus later contended that Appetite for Destruction appealed to rock music's various listeners because the band incorporated metal's forceful playing, punk rock's rebellious themes, glam metal's aesthetic, and bluesy guitar riffs that appealed to purists.[21] Nonetheless, it was voted the 26th best album of the year in the Pazz & Jop, an annual critics poll run by The Village Voice.[31] In a 1990 review, the poll's creator Robert Christgau said that Rose's effortless, convincing vocal abilities are undeniable and set him apart from his contemporaries. However, he found his performance undermined by questionable lyrics that reveal darker ideas, thus saying "He doesn't love Night Train, he loves alcoholism. And once that sweet child o' his proves her devotion by sucking his cock for the portacam, the evil slut is ready for 'See me hit you you fall down.'"[14]

In a retrospective review for The Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004), Ann Powers wrote that Guns N' Roses "produced a unique mix of different rock values," such as "speed and musicianship, flash and dirt", on an album that "changed hard rock's sensibilities at the time."[19] Stephen Thomas Erlewine also viewed it as a "turning point for hard rock" in his review for AllMusic and felt Rose's singing and songwriting are enhanced by Slash and Stradlin's dual guitar playing, which helped make Appetite for Destruction "the best metal record of the late '80s".[13] According to Jimmy Martin of The Quietus, as the 1980s' best hard rock album, Appetite for Destruction had an "unrefined, punk quality" that marked a "shift away" from hair metal bands commercialized by MTV.[30] Nonetheless, Chuck Eddy named it one of his essential hair metal records and wrote in Spin, "[It was] the greatest album ever made about how you can't run away from yourself",[32] while BBC Music's Dennis O'Dell said the engagingly hedonistic album remains the band's best,[33] as did Ric Albano of Classic Rock magazine: "this band would never again reach this level of importance and breakthrough originality."[34] In a 2000 list, Q named it one of the greatest metal albums ever and hailed it as "a riotous celebration of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll".[35] On the other hand, Sputnikmusic believed the album has been somewhat overrated and that most of the songs suffer by comparison with the highlights "Welcome to the Jungle", "Sweet Child o' Mine", "Paradise City", "Mr. Brownstone", and "Rocket Queen".[36] Pitchfork writer Maura Johnston retrospectively reviewed it, saying, "The debut from Guns N' Roses was a watershed moment in '80s rock that chronicled every vice of Los Angeles led by the lye-voiced Axl Rose and a legendary, switchblade-sharp band."[17]

As of March 2018, the album has sold 30,770,000 copies worldwide.[37]

Accolades[edit]

According to Acclaimed Music, Appetite for Destruction is the 61st most ranked record on critics' all-time lists.[38]

  • In 1989, Rolling Stone ranked Appetite for Destruction as the 27th best album of the 1980s.[39]
  • The same magazine later ranked it at sixty-two on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[40]
  • In 2001, Q magazine named Appetite for Destruction as one of the 50 Heaviest Albums of All Time.[41]
  • In 2004, Q magazine also named Appetite for Destruction as one of the greatest Classic rock Albums Ever.[42]
  • In 2003, VH1 named Appetite for Destruction the 42nd Greatest Album of All Time.[43]
  • In 2002, Pitchfork ranked Appetite for Destruction 59th on their Top 100 Albums of the 1980s.[44]
  • It was ranked 18 in Spin magazine's "100 Greatest Albums, 1985–2005".[45]
  • In 2006, Kerrang! ranked the album #1 on the list of best rock albums.[46]
  • In 2006, the album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[47]
  • The album was ranked 32 on Rock Hall of Fame's 'definitive 200' album list, developed by the NARM, the National Association of Recording Merchandisers.[48]
  • In 2006, Q magazine placed the album at #10 in its list of "40 Best Albums of the '80s".[49]
  • In 2006, the album was placed No. 2 on Guitar World magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Albums of All Time.[50]
  • In 2011, Australian radio station Triple M listed Appetite for Destruction #1 in their list of the 250 most life changing albums.
  • In 2012, Rolling Stone ranked Appetite for Destruction as the 62nd greatest album of all time[51]
  • In 2012, Slant Magazine listed the album at #37 on its list of "Best Albums of the 1980s".[52]
  • In 2012, Clash added the album to its Classic Albums Hall of Fame.[53]

Remastered Version[edit]

Appetite for Destruction: Locked N' Loaded
Afd locked n loaded.png
The contents of the Locked N' Loaded edition
Compilation album by Guns N' Roses
Released June 29, 2018 (2018-06-29)
Recorded 1985-1988
Studio
Genre
Length
  • 211:25 (Super Deluxe)
  • 127:08 (Deluxe)
Label Universal Music Group
Producer Mike Clink
Guns N' Roses chronology
Appetite for Democracy 3D
(2014)
Appetite for Destruction: Locked N' Loaded
(2018)
Singles from Appetite for Destruction: Locked N' Loaded
  1. "Shadow of Your Love"
    Released: May 4, 2018
Alternative cover
Remastered version cover
Remastered version cover

On April 30, 2018, billboards appeared in several large cities, and a website was launched, with the tagline "Destruction Is Coming".[54] The website was updated with a countdown clock to May 4, 2018, and a snippet of the Hollywood Rose song "Shadow of Your Love" playing.[55] Journalist Mitch Lafon stated the campaign was for a deluxe edition of Appetite for Destruction.[56] A video announcement was inadvertently released a day early, detailing the Appetite for Destruction: Locked N' Loaded edition, to be released June 29, 2018. The box set will include 73 songs on four CDs (49 of which were previously unreleased), seven 12-inch 180-gram LP's. It will include remastered versions of the album, Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide, an EP of b-sides, 25 recordings from the group's 1986 Sound City Studios sessions, and two previously unreleased tracks from the group's sessions with Mike Clink. All of the songs from the G N' R Lies album will also be included, with the exception of "One in a Million".[57]

In addition to the music, the set will include a 96 page book with unreleased photos from Rose's personal archive, 12 lithographs visualizing each song on the album, and assorted replica memorabilia.[58] "Shadow of Your Love" was released as a single on May 4, 2018, the band's first single in almost a decade.[59][60] The full Locked N' Loaded edition will retail for $999; a deluxe edition which includes the 5 discs and extras and standard editions with just the remastered album and bonus tracks will also be available.[61][62] In addition, the Deluxe and Super Deluxe versions will be available for streaming and paid download.

On May 21, 2018, the band released the unseen music video for It's So Easy on Apple Music.[63]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Guns N' Roses, except where noted.

Appetite for Destruction[6]
Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Welcome to the Jungle" 4:31
2. "It's So Easy" (Guns N' Roses, West Arkeen) 3:21
3. "Nightrain" 4:26
4. "Out ta Get Me" 4:20
5. "Mr. Brownstone" 3:46
6. "Paradise City" 6:46
Side two
No. Title Length
7. "My Michelle" 3:39
8. "Think About You" 3:50
9. "Sweet Child o' Mine" 5:55
10. "You're Crazy" 3:16
11. "Anything Goes" (Guns N' Roses, Chris Weber) 3:25
12. "Rocket Queen" 6:13
Total length: 53:52

Super Deluxe Edition[edit]

The "Locked N' Loaded" Edition and the "Super Deluxe Edition" have the same musical contents:

All tracks written by Guns N' Roses, except where noted.

Disc 1: Appetite for Destruction Remastered
No. Title Length
1. "Welcome to the Jungle" 4:33
2. "It's So Easy" (Guns N' Roses, West Arkeen) 3:22
3. "Nightrain" 4:28
4. "Out ta Get Me" 4:23
5. "Mr. Brownstone" 3:48
6. "Paradise City" 6:45
7. "My Michelle" 3:39
8. "Think About You" 3:51
9. "Sweet Child o' Mine" 5:56
10. "You're Crazy" 3:17
11. "Anything Goes" (Guns N' Roses, Chris Weber) 3:26
12. "Rocket Queen" 6:13
Total length: 53:41
Disc 2: B-Sides N' EP's
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Reckless Life (Live)" Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin, Chris Weber 3:21
2. "Nice Boys (Live)" (Rose Tattoo cover) Angry Anderson, Mick Cocks, Geordie Leach, Dallas "Digger" Royall, Peter Wells 3:02
3. "Move to the City (Live)" Stradlin, Weber, Del James 3:34
4. "Mama Kin (Live/ Edit)" (Aerosmith cover) Steven Tyler 3:41
5. "Shadow of Your Love (Live)" Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin, Paul Tobias 3:03
6. "You're Crazy (Acoustic Version)" Rose, Stradlin, Slash 4:25
7. "Patience" Stradlin, Rose 5:54
8. "Used to Love Her" Stradlin 3:13
9. "You're Crazy" Rose, Stradlin, Slash 4:10
10. "It's So Easy (Live at the Marquee Club London / 1987)" Guns N' Roses, West Arkeen 3:54
11. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door (Live at the Marquee Club London / 1987)" (Bob Dylan cover) Bob Dylan 4:59
12. "Whole Lotta Rosie (Live at the Marquee Club London / 1987)" (AC/DC cover) Angus Young, Bon Scott, Malcolm Young 4:06
Total length: 47:21

All tracks written by Guns N' Roses, except where noted.

Disc 3: 1986 Sound City Session
No. Title Length
1. "Welcome to the Jungle" 4:59
2. "Nightrain" 4:49
3. "Out ta Get Me" 4:01
4. "Paradise City" 5:34
5. "My Michelle" 4:21
6. "Think About You" 3:50
7. "You're Crazy" 3:21
8. "Anything Goes" (Guns N' Roses, Chris Weber) 4:35
9. "Rocket Queen" 6:06
10. "Shadow of Your Love" (Rose, Stradlin, Paul Tobias) 2:38
11. "Heartbreak Hotel (Elvis Presley cover)" (Mae Boren Axton, Thomas Durden, Elvis Presley) 4:36
12. "Jumpin' Jack Flash (The Rolling Stones cover)" (Jagger/Richards, Bill Wyman) 3:21
Total length: 52:11
Disc 4: 1986 Sound City Session N' More
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Shadow of Your Love" Rose, Stradlin, Tobias 3:05
2. "Move to the City" Stradlin, Weber, Del James 3:16
3. "Ain't Goin' Down No More (Instrumental Version)" Rose, McKagan, Slash, Stradlin 3:30
4. "The Plague"   0:54
5. "Nice Boys" Anderson, Cocks, Leach, Royall, Wells 2:58
6. "Back off Bitch" Rose, Tobias 4:39
7. "Reckless Life" Rose, Stradlin, Weber 2:45
8. "Mama Kin" Tyler 3:26
9. "New Work Tune"   3:25
10. "November Rain (Piano Version)" Rose 10:18
11. "Move to the City (Acoustic Version)" Stradlin, Weber, James 3:41
12. "You're Crazy (Acoustic Version)" Guns N' Roses 4:06
13. "November Rain (Acoustic Version)" Rose 5:00
14. "Jumpin' Jack Flash (Acoustic Version)" Jagger/Richards, Wyman 3:52
15. "Move to the City (1988 Acoustic version)" Stradlin, Weber, James 3:26
Total length: 58:21

A fifth disc is included; a Blu-ray disc, which has 96kHz 24-bit 5.1 Surround Sound & Remastered Stereo mixes, mixed by Elliot Scheiner and Frank Filipetti. It includes all of Appetite for Destruction, alongside bonus tracks "Shadow of Your Love", "Patience", "Used to Love Her", "You're Crazy", and "Move to the City (1988 Acoustic version)". In addition, it includes music videos for "Welcome to the Jungle", "Sweet Child O' Mine", "Paradise City", "Patience", and a previously unreleased video of "It's So Easy".[64]

Deluxe Edition[edit]

All tracks written by Guns N' Roses, except where noted.

Disc 1: Appetite for Destruction Remastered
No. Title Length
1. "Welcome to the Jungle" 4:33
2. "It's So Easy" (Guns N' Roses, West Arkeen) 3:22
3. "Nightrain" 4:28
4. "Out ta Get Me" 4:23
5. "Mr. Brownstone" 3:48
6. "Paradise City" 6:45
7. "My Michelle" 3:39
8. "Think About You" 3:51
9. "Sweet Child o' Mine" 5:56
10. "You're Crazy" 3:17
11. "Anything Goes" (Guns N' Roses, Chris Weber) 3:26
12. "Rocket Queen" 6:13
Total length: 53:41
Disc 2
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Reckless Life" Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin, Chris Weber 3:21
2. "Nice Boys" (Rose Tattoo cover) Angry Anderson, Mick Cocks, Geordie Leach, Dallas "Digger" Royall, Peter Wells 3:02
3. "Move to the City (Live)" Stradlin, Weber, Del James 3:34
4. "Mama Kin" (Aerosmith cover) Steven Tyler 3:41
5. "Shadow of Your Love (Live)" Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin, Paul Tobias 3:03
6. "Welcome to the Jungle (1986 Sound City Sessions)" Guns N' Roses 4:59
7. "Nightrain (1986 Sound City Sessions)" Guns N' Roses 4:49
8. "Out ta Get Me (1986 Sound City Sessions)" Guns N' Roses 4:01
9. "Paradise City (1986 Sound City Sessions)" Guns N' Roses 5:34
10. "My Michelle (1986 Sound City Sessions)" Guns N' Roses 4:21
11. "Shadow of Your Love" Rose, Stradlin, Tobias 3:05
12. "It's So Easy (Live at the Marquee Club London / 1987)" Guns N' Roses, West Arkeen 3:54
13. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door (Live at the Marquee Club London / 1987)" (Bob Dylan cover) Bob Dylan 4:59
14. "Whole Lotta Rosie (Live at the Marquee Club London / 1987)" (AC/DC cover) Angus Young, Bon Scott, Malcolm Young 4:06
15. "You're Crazy (Acoustic Version)" Rose, Stradlin, Slash 4:25
16. "Patience" Stradlin, Rose 5:54
17. "Used to Love Her" Stradlin 3:13
18. "Move to the City (1988 Acoustic version)" Stradlin, Weber, James 3:26
Total length: 1:13:27

Personnel[edit]

Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes.[6]

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[65] 7
Austrian Albums Chart[65] 3
Canadian Albums Chart[66] 7
Dutch Albums Chart[65] 3
French Albums Chart[65] 43[67]
German Albums Chart[65] 11
Irish Albums Chart[65] 11
Italian Albums Chart[65] 58
New Zealand Albums Chart[65] 1
Norwegian Albums Chart[65] 9
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[68] 46
Swedish Albums Chart[65] 32
Swiss Albums Chart[65] 7
UK Albums Chart[69] 5
US Billboard 200[70] 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[71] 3× Platinum 180,000^
Australia (ARIA)[72] Platinum 70,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[73] Platinum 50,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[74] Platinum 250,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[75] Diamond 1,000,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[76] Gold 25,000[76]
France (SNEP)[77] 2× Gold 200,000*
Germany (BVMI)[78] Platinum 500,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[79] Platinum 200,000^
Italy (FIMI)[80] Gold 50,000*
Mexico (AMPROFON)[81] Gold 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[82] Platinum 15,000^
Sweden (GLF)[83] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[84] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[85] 3× Platinum 900,000^
United States (RIAA)[86] 18× Platinum 18,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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Preceded by
Hysteria by Def Leppard
Hysteria by Def Leppard
Don't Be Cruel by Bobby Brown
Billboard 200 number-one album
August 6–12, 1988
September 24 – October 14, 1988
February 5–11, 1989
Succeeded by
Hysteria by Def Leppard
New Jersey by Bon Jovi
Don't Be Cruel by Bobby Brown