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I had a cassette copy of Appetite that the older kid down the street had. (I was not allowed to buy it at ten) What still gets me to this day is the menace and unrelenting honesty of this album. There isn’t anything pretentious on this album, they were actually 5 drugged up street urchin punks who were essentially terrible people. There isn’t anything joyful on the album. There is nothing like “hey, it’s the sunset strip, let’s go out and party and meet chicks”. Their world was a lot more gray and ugly.
Jungle: Feel my serpentine…just an uncouth and twisted sexually deviant thing to say.
Its So Easy: Turn around bitch I’ve got a use for you, besides you ain’t got nothing better to do and I’m bored…vile, misogynistic, but no doubt Axl felt that way.
Those are just two examples on a record full of them which let me as a young listener know that these dudes were messed up, neurotic, paranoid, delusional bums who made the ten year old in me feel frightened but desperately wanting more.
Rock n’ roll is dangerous at it’s best. It is made by people who couldn’t function in regular society. Appetite is proof of that.
5-star album all the way. Best track? Welcome to the Jungle and Rocket Queen
GNR didn’t really influence anyone because their levels were unattainable. Who could ever try to emulate Slash without looking like a cartoon? Axl was in a world of his own too. You can get to that level anymore as a rock band. Maybe Lady Gaga has been influence by Axl “self righteousness, incredible talent, tons of handlers, lawyers, yes men and servants to keep you isolated and in fantasy land”
I feel like Oasis was definitely influenced by GNR. At least in the sense of excess and self indulgence to the point of self-destruction and having a hard time keeping it together in public.
Riot Act is crap. Through and through, and no if’s, and’s or but’s. It’s dreck, it’s underwritten, it’s just abysmal.
Top Pearl Jam Albums
1) Vitalogy (last exit, tremor christ, corduroy…)
2) No Code (Side A is their most imaginative and most effortlessly creative…hail hail, in my tree, smile)
3) Yield (Lean, concise, and Vedder singing at a higher range, very floaty, and breezy)
4) Vs. (angry, merciless, poppy and violent all at the same time)
5) Ten (classic rock radio designated but dated and suffers from over-singing and too much reverb)
6) Binaural (moody, atmospheric and contains a lot of slow burners that are wonderful)
7) Avocado (pearl jam by the numbers, really solid and a little dull but still strong as all hell)
8) Backspacer (uplifting and tight but the acoustic numbers contain some of Vedder’s lamest and easily written lyrics…plus his voice on the quieter ones is really weak)
9) Riot Act (just shit. bad production, too long, too mid-tempo, no hooks, not interesting at all.