Day 3 of Influential or all-time favs.
Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction
Appetite for Destruction was released the same year as INXS Kick, yesterday's album of the day, Kick is poppy, occasionally political, sometimes flirting with edgy sexuality. On the other hand, Appetite for Destruction is the opposite. Rough, fast, drug and alcohol inspired. It is well-titled.
Appetite for Destruction was my introduction to hard, loud, gritty, bad-dude rock music. I loved it. For sure this album changed my life. They certainly made playing in a band a thing, they were so obviously a band. A band of well-dressed, struttin' dudes. They took it to wild extremes. It looked so fun and dangerous.
It was culturally infectious. On any popular radio station, a Debbie Gibson or Technotronic song could be followed by "Sweet Child o' Mine" (which happens to be one of my least favorite songs...I think because of the key change).
Anyway, Guns N' Roses were one of the mainstream (oddly enough how that happens) antidotes to the saccharine pop of the day. 2 Live Crew and gangsta rap were among the other surprise mainstream antidotes. They certainly kept the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) busy.
Side note: Remember PMRC? Tipper Gore's participation in PMRC made taking Al Gore seriously in his second incarnation a little, just a little tough. Anyway, check out this Wikipedia entry on the PMRC. The 1985 "Filthy Fifteen" (naughty songs) include Cyndi Lauper's "She Bop". Huh? It's a good thing the PMRC is not around anymore. They'd need lots more volunteers.
Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction - the album holds up. I don't have any favorite songs from the album. Many of them are a little played out, yet I can tune into the whole album every few months, or at least once a year. My favorite GNR song is "You're Crazy" from the G N' R Lies EP.