Sweet Child o Mine – Guns N’ Roses
Album: Appetite for Destruction
Written by: Guns N’ Roses
Time: 5:55 Album 4:54 Video
The album Appetite for Destruction is what I consider the best debut album of any band. While some gravitate toward Welcome to the Jungle, or Paradise City for me it is Sweet Child o Mine. The song happened almost by accident. From wiki –
During a jam session at the band’s house in the Sunset Strip, drummer Steven Adler and Slash were warming up and Slash began to play a “circus” melody while making faces at Adler. Rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin asked Slash to play it again. Stradlin came up with some chords, Duff McKagan created a bassline and Adler planned a beat. In his autobiography, Slash said “within an hour my guitar exercise had become something else”. Lead singer Axl Rose was listening to the musicians upstairs in his room and was inspired to write lyrics, which he completed by the following afternoon. He based it on his girlfriend Erin Everly, and declared that Lynyrd Skynyrd served as an inspiration “to make sure that we’d got that heartfelt feeling”. On the next composing session in Burbank, the band added a bridge and a guitar solo.
When the band recorded demos with producer Spencer Proffer, he suggested adding a breakdown at the song’s end. The musicians agreed, but were not sure what to do. Listening to the demo in a loop, Rose started saying to himself, “Where do we go? Where do we go now?” and Proffer suggested that he sing that.
Guns N’ Roses songs were not ‘radio friendly’ in the fact that they were longer than the typical 3-4 minute range, and that is before we even discuss November Rain or Estranged. Listen to most of GNR’s album cuts and not the radio or video cuts, because a lot of the heart and soul of the songs were cut out to fit a time frame.
great pick- this song falls into the category of – i never get tired of hearing this song no matter how many times I’ve heard it over the years— the opposite of The Joker or The Eagles entire catalog.
LOL! “I hate the f****** Eagles!”
nice bit of musical diversity added to this event. I think they sort of did for regular rock radio what Nirvana would do to college/alternative radio a few years later.
Great pick. I still remember the first time I heard this song walking across a college quad where someone was playing it and hearing the opening riff and being like WHAT IS THIS SONG? and just stopping to hear the rest of the song.
I agree Paul- an instant classic!
This song has one of the best opening riffs of all time.
Guns & Roses were a kick butt band. I liked how Axl gave it his all and love how Slash plays guitar. Have you heard Slash in his other band? Great song among several great songs of theirs. Nice choice for the draft!
You’re on to something here. Over time this song may prove to be rather popular
I don’t really like this band much, but the opening riff is undeniable.
A great song period. You could tell this was a classic right after it was released.
One of the great rock songs. Sheryl Crow’s cover gets more radio plays than the original today pop stations
Wow. I had to look that up. I bought her Globe Sessions CD but, my version didn’t have that song. I had no idea she’d done a cover.
It was a “power” gold that we played on the Adult Contemporary station I worked at.
I’ve stubbornly refused to like this band. But at this point, it’s really only due to my stubbornness. They have earned their spot.
Bad…ass…song… ‘Nuff said.