Guns N’ Roses, “Welcome to the Jungle”
Where I Heard It: Slacker’s "66 Songs That Changed Everything"
Why It’s Awesome:
There are so many reasons that I feel compelled to go through the song second-by-second and list them all.
0:08 “Oh my God”
0:32 That riff is as good as anything Keith Richards ever played.
0:37 The high notes played on the guitar in the right channel (Izzy?).
1:29 I most certainly do not want to feel Axl’s serpentine.
1:34 I want to know what guitar/pedal/amp combo Slash is playing on this solo, because it sounds incredible, but I don’t feel like paging through back issues of Guitar Player magazine. Why isn’t there an Internet Music Database that could tell me this?
1:43 -2 points for what I can only imagine is the sound of Axl’s vinegar strokes.
2:05 The way Axl actually growls the word “me.”
2:17 The best bridges sound like they’re from completely different songs, and this one is no exception.
3:21 The best cowbell ever in a rock and roll song. Ever. I will brook no dissent.
3:27 If Phil Spector had ever produced hard rock/metal, this is what it would have sounded like. A wall of sound
3:52 “Sha-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-knees” redux.
4:07 And again.
4:18 I don’t even know how to transcribe the sound that Axl makes here
OK, I wasn’t listening to it loud enough. Time to turn it up to at least 11 and listen again.