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Guns N' Roses - G N' R Lies


Guns N 'Roses' semi-acoustic and semi-scandalous album "G N' R Lies" was released on November 29, 1988


Although this album was created out of a commercial motive and in order to take advantage of the insane success of the band's debut album "Appetite For Destruction", it brought a number of immortal, moving but also scandalous songs.


So a year after the debut album, the record company pushed the band to release another album in order to squeeze a little more cash out of this meteor they have in their hands.


Guns had just finished the tour of their debut album and were finished and worn out, so to get out of the way they took their first EP "Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide" On CD.


The first part...


Is the EP we mentioned which included four songs, "Reckless Life" a song by Slash and Axl previous band Hollywood Rose, the song "Nice Boys" which is a cover of an Australian rock band song called Rose Tattoo, the track "Move to the City" which is an original song by Guns and "Mama Kin" which is a cover of an Aerosmith song.


This is without a doubt a powerful business card that came out before Appetite, it introduces the world to the unique sound of Slash and the special and unique voice of Axl. An EP that shows the band's abilities alongside the bands from which they were influenced.



The second part...

Is the interesting part...


Four acoustic songs that open with the immortal, the first and only single released from the album, which beyond its non-stop broadcast on MTV was played for hours on various radio stations, "Patience". This song is so awesome that its cover version performed by Chris Cornell was only released in 2020, a few years after his death. This song gives a taste of what Guns is becoming on the double album "Use Your Illusion I & II".


The next song is "Used to Love Her", Izzy said it was written about an annoying song he heard on the radio about a guy crying over a girl and Slash said it was a song about Axl's dog. It is not known what is true but this slightly creepy country song shows the non-existence of barriers of the band.


The next song "You're Crazy" appeared in Appetite in its mercurial version, here it gets its original version or at least the original one, completely abstracted from the distortions and gets a much slower pace that makes us think what the other songs in Appetite in their original version would have sounded like.


If we mentioned barriers before, then the song that closes the album "One in a Million" created a very big scandal, it is doubtful if it would have survived in today's times, but also makes us think where the line between creative freedom of expression and harm to another passes. In this song Axl uses racist, chauvinistic and homophobic expressions. He tried to get out of it in all sorts of ways while he did not really apologize or provide an acceptable explanation but he created a lot of noise and criticism towards the band following this song. Even the album itself has an apology but it sounds pretty laconic.


The album cover is designed in the style of a cover page of a "Tabloid" with the caption showing the names of the songs with a short description, imaginary articles and photos of the band members.


Listen to the album at: Spotify, Apple Music

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