This Week’s #TapeTuesday! Guns N’ Roses “G N R Lies”

Here's your #TapeTuesday. A stopgap release after the world-conquering Appetite For Destruction album, G N' R Lies combined four songs recorded in 1986 as well as four new tracks recorded and released in 1988. The first four songs were previously released as the EP Live ?!*@ Like A Suicide. Legend has it that while they were billed as live recordings, they were actually recorded at Pasha Studios in Hollywood with pre-recorded audience noise and cheering added simply for the fact that it was too expensive for the band to record an actual live recording. The EP was limited to 10,000 records and cassettes so Geffen decided to include it for this worldwide release. The last four songs were newly recorded with an acoustic flavor that predated the MTV Unplugged era. "Patience" became a huge ballad for the band, showcasing their little known sensitive side as well as some well placed whistling from Axl Rose. "Used To Love Her" was a catchy rocker and the chorus of "I Used To Love Her, But I had to kill her" certainly caused some controversy… Though it turned out that the song was actually about Axl's dog. However, nothing could quiet the uproar and backlash based around the set's closing track "One In A Million." One of the first songs that Rose wrote by himself, the lyrics painted a picture of a racist and homophobic character who many believed was based on Axl's own beliefs. A decade before Eminem was painting himself as a white trash homophobe, Axl was certainly letting everyone know where he stood. He ended up softening his homophobic stance while befriending both Elton John and Freddy Mercury as well as the head of his record label David Geffen. The controversy actually worked for the band and the album making G N' R Lies another huge hit. Purchased at Record Utopia in Westmont, IL October 2015. #GunsNRoses #GNRLies #AxlRose #Slash #DuffMcKagan #IzzyStradlin #StevenAdler #Geffen

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Every Tuesday night I have been posting a picture of a cassette tape from my collection. When I first fell in love with rock music, it was February 1995, I was 11 years old, and I was forced to buy cassette tapes instead of the then fashionable compact disc. To commemorate 20 years in love with rock music I decided to start #TapeTuesday. Here is the latest. Follow me on Instagram @andyderer.

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