1988, 'Appetite For Destruction' Guns N' Roses debut
album went to No.1 in the US, after spending 57 weeks on the chart and selling
over 5 million copies. Singles from the album, ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine,’ ‘Welcome
to the Jungle’ and ‘Paradise City’ were all US top 10 hits. Worldwide sales now
stand in excess of 28 million and the album is the best-selling debut album of
all-time in the US, beating Boston's debut album Boston, which has gone 17x



At a time when pop was dominated by dance music and pop-metal, Guns N' Roses  brought raw, ugly rock & roll crashing back into the charts. They were not  nice boys; nice boys don't play rock & roll. They were ugly, misogynistic,  and violent; they were also funny, vulnerable, and occasionally sensitive, as  their breakthrough hit, "Sweet Child O' Mine," showed. While Slash and Izzy  Stradlin ferociously spit out dueling guitar riffs worthy of Aerosmith or the  Stones, Axl Rose screeched out his tales of sex, drugs, and apathy in the big  city. Meanwhile, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Steven Adler were a limber  rhythm section who kept the music loose and powerful. Guns N' Roses' music was  basic and gritty, with a solid hard, bluesy base; they were dark, sleazy, dirty,  and honest -- everything that good hard rock and heavy metal should be. There  was something refreshing about a band that could provoke everything from  devotion to hatred, especially since both sides were equally right. There hadn't  been a hard rock band this raw or talented in years, and they were given added  weight by Rose's primal rage, the sound of confused, frustrated white trash  vying for his piece of the pie. As the '80s became the '90s, there simply wasn't  a more interesting band around, but owing to intra-band friction and the  emergence of alternative rock, Rose's supporting cast gradually disintegrated,  as he spent years in seclusion.

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