“Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses – 1988

This week Kevin Palmer slips past the goalie for his hat-trick appearance covering Guns N Roses’ sole number one hit, the 1988 chart topper “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” Riding the wave of the excess of the 80s LA hair metal scene, the bluesy rockers with metal chops and punk sensibility released Appetite For Destruction in 1987 with very little reaction from fans and critics. After a year of touring and supporting the record, they grew to become one of the world’s biggest and most controversial bands. After a string of several singles, they finally topped the chart with the ballad that was nearly left off the album. How did the band initially come up with the now-iconic lead guitar riff? What Australian band recorded an eerily similar song almost 7 years before GNR did? What do Axl Rose and a mountain bike tire both have in common? All these questions and more will be answered in this week’s episode of Single File.

“Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses – 1988

This week Kevin Palmer slips past the goalie for his hat-trick appearance covering Guns N Roses’ sole number one hit, the 1988 chart topper “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” Riding the wave of the excess of the 80s LA hair metal scene, the bluesy rockers with metal chops and punk sensibility released Appetite For Destruction in 1987 with very little reaction from fans and critics.

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2 thoughts on ““Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses – 1988”

  1. My G&R story:

    It was late 1988, early 1989 somewhere in there when I decided I ought to climb aboard the old Greyhound and visit my parents who were living in Nevada at the time. It was the middle of winter, so I only had maybe 12 to 20 traveling companions, one of who was young girl who looked as though she were just starting Jr. High. Maybe the 11-13 range? I don’t know, but clearly travelling by herself for the very first time. She had her suitcase, a warm coat and a tape player with I don’t know how many cassettes, but I think it was probably one. We all got situated and the bus pulled out. A short time later, I hear the click of tape player and after some guitar Music Axl Rose screams at me “Welcome to the Jungle”. I was thinking, cool music for the trip. But when the song ends, there was a click…the sound of a cassette rewinding and then a very short time Later Good ‘ol Axl is once again welcoming me to the jungle. And once again at the end of the song I hear a click and whirr and then I am rewelcomed.

    Now if you have never traveled from Portland to Reno via Greyhound, it’s typically a scenic 18 hour trip, with a few stops in various cities. On the other hand my journey was in the midst of winter and took about 24 hours. With Welcome to the Jungle playing on the ‘80s version of “repeat”

    The. Entire. Trip.

    We were all too kind hearted to make her stop, but at one point somebody asked her if the tape had other songs on it. She smiled and said “yes” and proceeded to treat us to yet another play of Welcome to the Jungle. Finally after what it would turn out was not the longest 24 hours of my life (but close) the bus arrived at our destination, and we were all released. My parents being decent people offered to feed me before driving to their home in Carson City. We got some cafeteria hamburgers, sat down and they politely asked me “how was your trip?” “well…” I started to reply when from a couple of tables away I hear a voice saying “Mom…listen to my new favorite song” And then a click, and well this is why I now hate Guns –N-Roses with a white hot passion

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