Thursday, August 30, 2007
What Sucks…Axl Rose
F Axl Rose.
Little background here- I was thumbing through a recent Rolling Stone- not last week’s certain Pulitzer Prize winning edition with the kid from High School Musical on it, nor was it this week’s follow up with Maroon 5 on the cover, both of which reminds me…
What Sucks…Rolling Stone Sucks.
Hey Rolling Stone, WTF?!!
…it was the one from 3 weeks ago with the cover story- Appetite For Destruction turns twenty. (TWENTY, Jesus!) On the cover? Guns N’ (Fucking) Roses in all their glory.
Say what you will about G&R now with 20 years gone by since they burst onto the scene- the excess, the hair, Slash’s hat- but let me remind you that today, we have The Shins, so it’s okay to be nostalgic for rock bands that were all about having sex with girls (and mainlining heroin).
That being said, reading this article, G&R is a band who’s Appetite For Destruction came complete with real woman’s orgasm sounds (Sweet Child O’ Mine) that were actually coming from an encounter between the singer and the drummer’s girlfriend. That’s freaking rock and roll.
The point? “F” Axl Rose. This insane a-hole paralyzed and dismantled a kick-ass band capable of Zeppelin- esque overindulgence for no other reason than that he is bat shit crazy. Just look at what’s transpired in the intervening years. Axl went bald and got bad hair plugs, recorded or at least tried to record a note for note remake of Appetite For Destruction, toured with a band called “Guns N Roses” in which he was the only real member and worked on an album called “Chinese Democracy” which is longer in the works than actual Chinese democracy.
So yeah, maybe Guns ‘N Roses sputter out weakly on their own- and sure, it certainly seemed like they were on their way out- but that decision should be made by the Gods of Rock and Roll and their servants named drugs and booze- not some fake tanned wacko with dreadlock plugs.