Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite For Destruction is the best selling debut album of all time. The album has sold 30 million copies. Guns N’ Roses came together in the ashes of several different LA bands on the sunset strip in 1980s. They were sort of an all star team of musicians that had not got their record deal yet. They strayed enough from the hair metal of the era that they became one of the biggest bands in the world and were able to stick around after Nirvana made everything go away in the early 90s.
Appetite houses probably the 3 biggest GNR songs (Welcome to the Jungle, Paradise City and Sweet Child O’ Mine). It took about a year before the album started to catch on. It debuted at 187 on the Billboard 200 and exactly a year later it hit #1. GNR were supporting Aerosmith on their Permanent Vacation tour and Guns N’ Roses began to steal all the spotlight despite being an opening act.
Today’s deep cut is Out Ta Get Me. Its easy to say that Appetite for Destruction doesn’t really have any deep cuts, but this is one of the lesser known songs. The song is about Axl Rose’s interactions with the police as a young man.
Guns N’ Roses lasted for just one more (double) album before the classic line-up completely fell apart, leaving Axl Rose the sole original member. Now guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan are back in the band. Although 2/5s of the original line-up still remain on the outside looking in.