The emergence of a little album called "Appetite For Destruction" was out and seemed to be bubbling under on the Top 200 album charts and seemed to be going nowhere. I found the album name and the name of the band "Guns N' Roses" quite cool and I had no idea what this album was about....but I wanted it - it was as if the urge to get this was part of my inner rock n' roll faith calling.
My cousin was visiting from Canada and I asked her to get this album for me.....not even knowing what this band sounded like. Well, it came in classic LP Vinyl format (now vintage these days), and once the needle hit the groove to the album's 1st track "Welcome to the Jungle" I was sold at the sound.
I also heard "Sweet Child O' Mine" which was the 3rd track of Side 2 of the album and I did think that that was the best song....and boy did it break records. It spent 3 weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 in 1988, and the album became the biggest selling album in the US by a debut artist - 18 times platinum....and whom was the previous holder ? my boys from Boston - BOSTON in 1976 (I'm sad to this fact since Boston's album is one of my faves and "More Than a Feeling" is my fave rock song of all time)
I knew they were Heavy Metal, and later on with the likes of MTV and magazines like Hit Parader and Rolling Stone (when RS was a proper music magazine) I read it was part of the "Sleaze Metal" regime. I immediately loved that genre....Sleaze Metal.....I mean I was young and rocking and I dressed the hard rock scene, even though I had a military crew cut look....I was a rocker inside.
|Some of the Sleaze Metal Kings - Aerosmith and Kiss - classic rockers!|
Other memorable 80's bands whom fit the Sleaze Metal genre (a.k.a. Glam Rock) were Enuff Z'Nuff, LA Guns, and some classic bands like The New York Dolls and Kiss.
Well, folks that's a memory from the past...and to leave you, here are my Top 5 sleaze metal songs of the 80's -:
5. Fly High Michelle - Enuff Z'Nuff (1989)
4. Paradise City - Guns N' Roses (1987) (Download)
3. Love Removal Machine - The Cult (1987) (Download)
2. Dude (Looks Like A Lady) - Aerosmith (1987)
1. Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses (1987) (download)
Anyways peeps - TTYL!