Day 9: Song you played to death...

Guns+N+Roses++Black+N+WhiteThere is a very unique strangeness to liking something...

From music to food and even to other people, it is amazing how something that we hold dear can quickly become something that we loathe.

Music, it seems has the fastest burn rate (because perhaps unlike food which can vary in preparation and humans which can adapt to the situations the recorded music never ever changes).   A person can turn on a song quick... just takes that one listen where this thing you once loved had become thing awful, lame thing that you used to like once, before it became lame.

This has happened to me a bunch of times (as I am reflecting upon it, it seemed to happen more often than not at about the time when I was ready to make some sort of emotional or intellectual growth spurt), but it never quite hit me as hard as it did when it hit me with this band...

Guns+N+Roses

Guns n’ fuckin’ Roses…

Oh and it hit hard when it happened… and it was brutal.

And it happened during ”Estranged”…


(Normally, I would introduce the song at the end, but this time, for a change, I would like you to play it now and keep reading as it goes on… It will be hard to do as the video is rather interesting, but I have faith in you.)

Guns-N-RosesSee… somewhere after Appetite for Destruction but before going into the studio to begin recording what would eventually end up the Use your Illusions albums, the band was abducted by aliens and replaced by Meatloaf…

And “Estranged” is their “Driving by Dashboard Light”.

Clocking in at just under ten minutes, this Rock-pera features three over the top guitar solos, two breakdowns, and every single one of Axl’s varied vocal inflections (the patented Axl whine, his deep “singie” voice, the one where he is doing an impression of David Bowie, and the scratchy talk/sing shit he loved doing during the early 90s).

Listening to this overindulgent tripe is the sonic equivalent to sitting pivot in a Guns n’ Roses circle jerk as the damn things never really goes anywhere, YET I distinctly recall playing this song over and over and over (I’m sure muttering something to myself about how Axl really gets me and how I wished he was my dad) until I knew every subtle nuance to this track (to this day I still know all the words to the song).

Unlike other musical crushes, Guns n’ Roses stood the test of some changes in my life and really were just as cool with me at that time as they had been when I had first bought myself a dubed copy of Appetite from the neighborhood pot dealer, PJ.

But then one day my iPod shuffled to it and since that day I could never hear the sonig (or anything else from that band) without breaking out into douche chills.

It’s no wonder Nirvana so easily knocked this juggernaut on its ass so easily…

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