When shitty songs happen to great bands...

shitty-songIt doesn’t matter what band we decide to talk about or which genius we want to focus our attention on…

All bands- even the great ones- are capable of just plopping out a stinker.

It’s true…

Be it a side effect of ego, a misstep in the effort to stay relevant, or just a bad idea that no one decided to put an end to- these bad songs tend to shitty-song-2stick out in the music catalogue like so many sore thumbs.

In some cases (like The Beatles and their letting Ringo songs make it on to the records), these songs can become endearing in time… as though the blemish to the record makes the otherwise brilliant artists more approachable and human.

But then you have the truly wretched songs… the ones that make you wish you had never heard…

It is these pieces of audio dog shit that we are focusing on…

Guns N’ Roses

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The fever pitched anticipation of the long awaited “follow up” (yes, the EP GNR Lies had been released, but that was half a live album, half an 2-guns-n-roses-appetite-for-destructionacoustic album… a nice treat, but hardly a sophomore effort) to the genre changing Appetite for Destruction was finally put to bed when the band dropped the Use Your Illusion albums in 1991.

For any band- let alone the biggest band in the world at the time- dropping two albums with as many chart topping singles as those two records had would have been enough to forgive one or two missteps during the course of thirty tracks… and for the most part, a true fan can.

We can ignore the self-indulgence of “Coma”, the nod to Duff with “So Fine” (a personal favorite of mine but a shitty song none the less), the obscenely long opus that is “Estranged” (which isn’t a bad song per say but at damn near ten minutes- complete with three solos… THREE!!!!... It gets to be a bit much…), and the obvious throw away track “My World” (in which an overly sexed up Axl poorly raps about how he lays pipe like no other).

axlBut not even the most hardened Guns fan can overlook the madness that is “Get in the Ring”…

Cheesy riffs, a potty mouthed robot sing-talking out the second verse of the song, and- as if that wasn’t enough to keep you tuned in- Axl then goes through his enemies list for all of us, cursing out all the magazines and writers (namely Bob Guccione Jr. from Spin, who- legend has it- accepted Axl’s offer to go round the squared circle for a few rounds only to have Axl shrink off into wherever it is Axl shrinks off to) who dared criticize a band (mainly Axl) that seemed to be rather indifferent of its (his) fans.

To this day, this song leaves me embarrassed for these men… Not the known drug use… not the cursing out the Grammies… Not even the riot they caused from being too fucked up to go on stage in Canada…

This dog shit fucking track…

“Get in the Ring”… GNR…


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